The beauty industry was punctuated with a barrage of technology collaborations during 2017. The latest to be unveiled is Ardell extending the use of augmented reality from lashes to its new color cosmetics launch.In a partnership with YouCam Makeup, Ardell will serve up more than 40 stockkeeping units from the cosmetics collection for virtual trial. The items include Double Up Mascara, Wispies Mascara, Eyeresistible Eye Shadow, Hydra Lipstick and Stroke A Brow feathering pen.“Beauty has always been about instant gratification,” said Terri Cooper, executive vice president at American International Industries. “We see how much the YouCam user is enjoying that immediate experience with our lashes and are excited for everyone to now have that same opportunity with Ardell Beauty.”Ardell is the latest in several major beauty apps bowing during the year. It was a year when technology resources had enough feedback to substantiate results. For example, Parham Aarabi, founder and chief executive officer of ModiFace, said partnerships with Clinique, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox Cosmetics saw a 100 percent conversion improvement for users who interacted with the ModiFace AR technology built into the e-commerce section of the brand sites. Each user, Aarabi said, tried on nine makeup shades per session. Moreover, Aarabi said AR also drives shoppers into stores to buy what they’ve sampled.With a tailwind behind it, technology is being used to boost beauty sales. Here are some of the major developments from the year.NYX Professional Makeup: The L’Oréal-owned beauty brand teamed with Samsung Electronics America to fuse beauty and technology using Samsung Gear VR for virtual reality makeup tutorials in select stores.Consumers can use the Gear VR Controller powered by Oculus to select products they would like to learn more about and at the end of the experience, users will receive a special offer to purchase the products featured in the tutorial at a special price.“NYX Professional Makeup is a digitally native brand with millions of followers across our global social media platforms,” said Mehdi Mehdi, the brand's vice president of digital. “We aim to seamlessly incorporate digital into everything we do, and see virtual reality as the new frontier in the beauty industry.”MAC In-store AR: ModiFace powered up the new MAC Cosmetics AR try-on mirrors in stores across the U.S. With the mirrors, select MAC shades and looks can be virtually tried on a user’s live video while at a retail store. Using ModiFace’s latest facial tracking and 3-D video makeup-rendering technology, the new AR mirrors provide a complete video of makeup under any lighting condition. The mirrors also feature ModiFace’s advancements in tracking accuracy and color rendering.Chatbots Help Sell Flawless by Gabrielle Union: Chatbots are coming into play for beauty. One example was the chatbot that was instrumental in not only launching Flawless by Gabrielle Union, but also helping the company understand how to fine-tune the brand for further success, according to Mahi de Silva, ceo of Botworx.ai, the company that built the AI-powered chatbot.“Botworx.ai has created a platform that allows us to provide richer, more varied conversations that ensure customers get exactly what they want out of the Flawless experience,” stated Vincent Davis, ceo of Flawless Beauty.Augmented Live-Stream Technology: ModiFace unveiled augmented live-stream technology for Facebook and YouTube. All of its partners can leverage their AR apps that ModiFace has built for them to live-stream virtual video makeovers. The new capability allows anyone, including makeup artists and brands, to broadcast a live video demonstration of different makeup styles by virtually applying them on their broadcast video using ModiFace’s technology. The application of virtual makeup on live video is done in real-time, meaning that it is applied instantaneously as the video is being broadcast.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)