Canadian nutriceuticals and nutricosmetics brand Function-alab won Cosmoprof’s Discover Beauty Award, awarded European retailers.
The brand will make its debut at Harvey Nichols in London later this spring. Co-president Erick Geoffrion suggested the European market is ready for nutriceuticals, while the U.S. is lagging behind. “We’re the first to address this market head-on with a complete line,” said co-president Francis S. Maheu.
Also searching for European distribution within Discover Beauty was German certified natural and organic brand Amala, which launched in 2009 at Barneys New York and is stocked in spas including the Mandarin Oriental in New York. Cologne-based M2 is an eyelash treatment consisting of serum and gloss to stimulate eyelash growth and contains active ingredients including biotin and copper tripeptides. The serum is priced at 120 euros, or $160.58 at current exchange, and the gloss is priced at 45 euros, or $60.22.
Another high-tech entry was Japanese skin care brand Menard with its antiaging cream, Authent, based on stem cell research. A presentation by Menard executive Kota Tsuda demonstrated how the product not only can stimulate production of stem cells for the dermis and upper dermis, but also encourages their transformation into active cells needed by the skin for regeneration.
Robin Coe-Hutshing, creative director of Beauty Mix in Santa Monica, Calif., showed off three brands she had created in an effort to use Europe as a global springboard. They included a five-scent collection of Memoir Liquide fragrances; her Nuditè “antiperfume,” a mix of water lily, lotus and sheer musk, and Soft Corp, a superhydrating body collection.
In a corner of the glistening spa hall, Byron D. Donics, president of HTI Collection, was busy demonstrating the attributes of his three lines — June Jacobs spa collection, the Tanda group of LED therapy devices, and Skyn Iceland, a treatment line.
Donics said the show was one of the best he had attended in terms of making distribution deals. He noted June Jacobs had reformulated her entire line along new European standards, making it paraben-free, prompting Douglas Perfumeries to take an interest and Jacobs will open a new spa in Valencia, Spain. Tanda will bow in London’s Harvey Nichols in June. Skyn Iceland, a top-ranked brand in Sephora, will open in the Mural chain in Canada next month, and also inked distribution deals for the Middle East, Germany, the U.K. and Russia at the show.
The Italian-brand Coswell was touting its BioRepair toothpaste for sensitive teeth that repairs enamel and reduces sensitivity. In three years, the product is said to have received similar results to those achieved by Blanx, a nonabrasive whitening toothpaste.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews