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.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia