WELLA DOWN UNDER: Wella announced Tuesday that it has acquired the Brisbane, Australia-based hair care company, PPS Hairwear Australia. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. The privately owned company specializes in care and...
WELLA DOWN UNDER: Wella announced Tuesday that it has acquired the Brisbane, Australia-based hair care company, PPS Hairwear Australia. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. The privately owned company specializes in care and styling products which are sold to end consumers via salons. In 2002, PPS Hairwear sales reached about $14 million. The Australian company’s most well-known brand is PPS, a moderate-to-higher priced hair care and styling range, joined by the high-priced styling lines, D Zine, D Frizz and D Fuse. The company’s products are also exported to Europe and Southeast Asia.
STAR TURN: Call it serious star power: Dustin Hoffman, Mena Suvari, Morgan Freeman and Val Kilmer were among the famous fans who stopped by Kiehl’s celebrity suite at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Attendees, who had the chance to test out the brand’s newest products — including Solid Grooming Aid, Amino Acid Shampoo and Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover —?were given prescriptions for individualized skin care regimens, as well as a healthy helping of the company’s products, including Lip Balm #1, All-Sport Non-Freeze SPF 30 and Creme de Corps.
EYE SHADOW AND MORE: I-Shadow, a new beauty company founded by the makeup artist Sharon Dowsett, has launched a Web site, i-shadow.net. The new site pinpoints emerging beauty trends and new products, posts mood-boards and offers application techniques. Dowsett, who has worked with David LaChapelle, Nick Knight, Versace, Gucci, L’Oréal and Shiseido, also plans to invite guest beauty editors to write features for the site. The Web site is the first phase of I-Shadow’s growth. Dowsett said she also plans to organize lectures about the industry and mentoring programs for young makeup artists, and transform the basement of her North London home into a meeting place for the industry’s big players.
BEAUTY BAN: The European Parliament has rubber-stamped the proposed legislation to ban animal testing for beauty products. If implemented following the ratification by the European Council in the next few days, the law would ban animal testing and outlaw the marketing of beauty products tested on animals starting six years after the directive enters into force, or 2009. In cases where alternative tests are unavailable, a marketing ban would come into effect in 2013. As reported, the European Parliament and the European Council last November drew up draft legislation on the issue. Both bodies are required to approve it before it becomes law.
MARKETING 101: L’Oréal is holding its 2003 Marketing Award, which is a competition organized by the company and designed to provide college students with "real-world" experience by giving them an opportunity to develop a marketing plan for the launch of a new product line. More than 2,200 students from 15 countries and 66 schools are participating.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty