Above and Beyond. It’s the best way to characterize how far beauty companies are willing to go to satiate top retailers’ appetites for exclusives.
“The beauty business is catching up with the retail apparel sector’s discovery that it is very important to differentiate,” says David Wolfe, creative director of the Doneger Group trend forecasting and buying service. “A product that is exclusive to one retailer is a valuable asset because it lures customers who are somewhat stupefied by the sea of sameness in brands that are so widely distributed that they have little or no cachet.”
This September, niche perfumer Bond No. 9 is partnering with Saks Fifth Avenue to launch two new fragrances: Bond No. 9’s Saks Fifth Avenue for Her and for Him. The deal marks the first time a specialty store has commissioned a fragrance company to produce its eponymous scents. “Ninety percent of the bottle is Saks’ interpretations,” said Laurice Rahme, owner and founder of Bond No. 9.
Amorepacific is giving Neiman Marcus a very special birthday present this July. To celebrate the luxury retailer’s 100th anniversary, the South Korean skin care firm is introducing Time Response Skin Renewal Serum, a blend of 100 high-concentration healing botanical actives. To put things into perspective: Amorepacific uses only 10 ingredients in some of its products, while the Time Response line usually features between 40 and 60 active ingredients. Capitalizing on the regenerative power of the green tea plant, the reparative serum is designed to protect skin against free radicals and environmental aggressors, reduce inflammation to counter aging and increase micro-circulation.
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)