Products to hold things up are keeping mass-market beauty sales from going down.
With color cosmetics sales in a slump, retailers such as Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and CVS are finding additional traffic and profits from an emerging category — style essentials. Retailers estimate that while traditional color cosmetics sales are down slightly, style essentials are expanding 20 percent per year.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"