The Hut Group is said to be close to a deal to buy makeup artistry brand Illamasqua.Illamasqua was founded in 2008 by Julian Kynaston, and is known for professional-level makeup and nail polish products that encourage self-expression. The brand is distributed in 15 doors with Selfridges and Debenhams, through Net-a-porter, LookFantastic.com, its own web site and other locations. Agent Provocateur cofounder Joe Corre took a 10 percent stake in the business in 2010.For the Hut Group, which has openly said it wants to expand in beauty, buying Illamasqua would allow it to do just that. The Hut Group owns LookFantastic, one of Illamasqua's distribution channels, which also sells brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown and Lancôme. The company acquired Berlin-based beauty box business Glossybox in August as a way to build an internal marketing operation that could potentially serve owned beauty brands.“This serves as a really strategic middle pillar,” said Paul Gedman, chief executive officer of The Hut Group’s prestige division when the Glossybox deal was unveiled. “What Glossybox does, apart from being a great customer acquisition platform, is also gives us the opportunity to become a marketing agency for brands.“This allows us to take the relationships we have with brands to another level,” Gedman continued. “Rather than just retail sales globally, we’re going to have a marketing agency globally for them as well.…The other side is it gives us a dedicated and focused team in our digital and marketing team…to really focus on bringing in that beauty box consumer.”Gedman contended that having a marketing arm would help Glossybox on its mission to acquire beauty brands. The business has been said to be actively looking at beauty companies to buy and then plug into its online sales platforms. In 2016, the Hut Group was said to be a bidder in the auction for Paula's Choice, which ultimately did a deal with private equity firm TA Associates. The Hut Group already owns Espa, Mio Skin Care and other beauty brands.“Beauty brands are a real focus for us because we have the platform to reach consumers globally, we now have the platform to market globally, so that is our third [piece] of our beauty strategy, is to acquire more beauty brands,” Gedman said in August. “It’s all about how these things come together to become number one. We’re relentlessly focused on becoming number one in beauty, globally.”
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.