Clé de Peau Beauté has a new face.The Shiseido-owned brand of luxe skin care and makeup has tapped actress Felicity Jones as global brand face — her first print and digital campaign for the brand is to launch in the U.S., Canada, Asia and travel retail in January. The campaign is meant to reintroduce consumers to La Crème, Clé de Peau’s signature antiaging cream, and reinforce it as the star product in the brand’s portfolio.[caption id="attachment_11049917" align="alignnone" width="300"] Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème[/caption]In her role, Jones will replace Amanda Seyfried, who was named Clé de Peau brand muse and global spokesperson in 2010. Seyfried’s last campaign was for the 2017 holiday season. Jones is perhaps best known for her role as Jane Wilde, Stephen Hawking's ex-wife, in Hawking's biopic "The Theory of Everything" — for which she was nominated an Academy Award.Jones’ appointment marks a turning point for the 35-year-old Clé de Peau, which in January will begin to unfurl a long-awaited relaunch designed to spread brand awareness in markets outside of its native Japan. The relaunch is rooted in Shiseido chief executive officer Masahiko Uotani’s Vision 2020 strategic plan, which aims to grow the overall company to $10 billion in sales annually by significantly raising the global profiles of each brand within its portfolio.“Our challenge will be to become a more acknowledged brand globally — of course in Japan [the brand] is well-acknowledged and we’re really rapidly growing [in other Asian countries] but other [markets] still have a weak brand awareness,” said Clé de Peau Beauté brand director Yukari Suzuki. "For the customer who has used the product, they really understand the fine quality and textures, and they become loyal. However, for the customer who hasn't tried Clé de Peau, they still do not understand our characteristics and uniqueness due to low brand awareness. It is our mission to really convey our values and [emotionally bond] with the consumer to drive up brand awareness."To guide the relaunch, which will eventually touch all aspects of the brand — from a modernized logo and counter design to product innovation to digital and retail strategies — Suzuki and other executives settled on three key words to describe the brand’s ethos: intelligent, uncompromising and exquisite. In searching for a new face, Suzuki said that Jones fit this description.“If you meet [Jones] in person, you’ll instantly see that she embodies the brand. She really is an intelligent person, and you’ll notice she’s very approachable and gives a warmth not only to the person [she is speaking to], but everyone around her,” said Suzuki, speaking in a phone interview from the company’s headquarters in Tokyo.Jones makes an unexpected choice for a beauty brand aiming to grow its global presence, but Suzuki asserted that while Clé de Peau is sharpening its focus on social media and digital, choosing a brand face was more about finding someone who truly embodied its core values rather than selecting someone based on follower count.“I understand that followers are important, but we wanted to emphasize her personality — we didn’t want her to act in the advertisement, we wanted to bring out the real her, who she is as a woman and focus on that as well,” said Suzuki.The brand will engage with social media, digital and influencers in other ways as it embarks on the relaunch. Suzuki declined to give too many details, but said in the U.S. the brand will tap models and influencers favored by Millennial consumers, to promote product on social media and create YouTube tutorials using the brand’s products. There will also be a large-scale event in Los Angeles to celebrate the first campaign with Jones, which will offer significant opportunities for promotion in the press and social media. Clé de Peu knows its core customer is a woman in her 40s or 50s who is interested in luxe skin care, but Suzuki noted digital is where it can win over younger consumers.“We have to emphasize social media and digital. Until now, we were very behind on social media. As a global luxury brand, we need to have consistent communication throughout the world and until now, social media and digital has been left up to the local [markets],” said Suzuki, who explained that the goal for Clé de Peau is to ultimately have its social media accounts unified across markets.Ahead of 2020, Clé de Peau is eyeing the U.S. as a key growth market, along with travel retail, Europe and the rest of Asia. “Our fastest-growing area is China, and by that I don’t just mean mainland China — all of these wealthy Chinese people travel a lot, and when they come to Japan they’re one of the drivers in purchasing Clé de Peau products as well. They influence other Asian countries as well. Chinese people are our fastest-growing [consumers].”
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast