NEW YORK--The Cosmetic Executive Women 1998 Beauty Awards were held Thursday at the Waldorf Astoria, and seven cosmetics companies were honored with prizes for the best new products launched last year. But the prize that stirred by far the most emotion was the Beauty Editors' Choice Award, which went to makeup artist and author Kevyn Aucoin. In a video that left many in the audience teary, Aucoin talked about how he felt so ugly and awkward as a child that he was drawn to makeup to help others, and eventually himself,feel beautiful. Then newscaster Diane Sawyer delivered a speech that was both humorous and moving, saying Aucoin not only "makes you cherish your imperfections," but he makes you look like "the frigging ceiling of the Sistine Chapel!" She also held him up as "proof of the existence of God." Aucoin was so overwhelmed by the praise that he barely managed to stagger up to the dais to accept the award. After the audience dried their tears, various celebrities, including actresses Lela Rochon and Joely Fisher, presented the product awards. As in the past, the awards were voted on by the 800 executive members of CEW. To help consumers identify the best new beauty products, CEW created a special seal that winners can reproduce on packaging and promotional material. "The fact that these products have been selected by industry experts gives them a credibility that's invaluable," noted Jean-Hoehn Zimmerman, president of CEW. The results of the contest are as follows: In the prestige category, Christian Dior's Mascara Flash won best new cosmetics product and Estee Lauder's Uncircle Eye Treatment for Dark Circles was chosen as the best new skin care product. In the best new bath, body or sun product category, Lancome's Re-Source Drenching Body Spray and Estee Lauder's Self-Action Sunless Super Tan tied for first place. In the mass distribution category, Revlon's Top Speed Nail Color took home honors for best new cosmetics product, while Biore's Pore Perfect Deep Cleansing Strips took home best new skin care product. The best new bath, body or sun product prize went to Avon's Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard. The best new hair product prize was grabbed by L'Oreal Kids 2-in-1 Shampoo. This fall, the winning products will be showcased by Federated Department Stores and Rite Aid Drugstores. Federated will feature the winning products in a Federated Beauty Focus catalog, and Rite Aid will include the winners and nominees in a "Back to School" circular. Both retailers will include the products in their fall promotions and tag them at point of sale. The winners will also be featured in a special advertising section in the July issue of InStyle magazine.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
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