NEW YORK — Retailers looking to offset declines in nail color sales can look to lips, a category gaining usage even in younger consumers.
Women, especially Millennials who once eschewed vibrant lipsticks, are grabbing more lip products, prompting double-digit sales gains over last year, according to statistics gathered by The NPD Group Inc.
“In the U.S., lips are keeping in step with the nail color trend this year. Consumers are responding to the new options and innovations in beauty, and what better way than with some bold lips that make a statement,” said Karen Grant, vice president and senior global industry analyst, The NPD Group Inc.
NYC New York Color plans to capitalize on the rush to lip colors. “Lip really is the new nail,” said Laura Weinstein, vice president marketing Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color, during the debut of several 2014 NYC New York Color products. NYC, in fact, has a focus on lip with two major introductions — Expert Last Lip Color and City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color. Weinstein said NYC continues to “translate prestige” trends at mass.
Expert Last is a long-wearing lipstick with high-impact color in 16 shades priced at $1.99. City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color features velvety long-wearing color in a chubby stick form. Twelve colors are priced at $2.99.
Beyond lip, NYC showed two new mascaras, as well as new pencil eyeliners. The mascaras are Big Bold Volume by the Lash and City Proof Buildable Mascara. Realizing that despite a multitude of colors, women predominately buy black eye liners, NYC has introduced its Showtime Velvet Eyeliner Pencils in several shades of black.
Weinstein, who recently added more responsibilities for the Sally Hansen brand, was quick to add the Coty-owned franchise has ammunition to rev up nail. “Don’t say goodbye to nail,” she said, teasing about new product development in Sally Hansen for 2014. In the meantime, the value pricing of NYC is driving sales gains just under 6 percent, outpacing overall category sales growth of 2.6 percent, for the most recent 52-week period, said Weinstein.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion