In the two decades since its founding, Urban Decay has surprised the beauty industry on countless occasions: it showed that a high-impact color cosmetics authority could make a splash with neutrals, brand-led e-commerce wasn’t a death knell, social media required serious stewardship, makeup products meant to go underneath makeup would be a big-time business, and perennially perfecting a product yields winners.
“One of my philosophies has been we are never done,” said Wende Zomnir, Urban Decay’s cofounder and chief creative officer. “We have redone our eye shadows three or four times. That’s my mind-set, and people always love when we bring back products and make them better.”
Phoebe Philo is returning to fashion.
WWD reported yesterday that the English designer is planning a new collection and has been interviewing designers.
One of the most acclaimed designers of her generation, Philo made her name during a 10-year tenure at Celine. Season after season, she minted low-key modernist clothing and handbags and built an intensely loyal fan base.
Philo said the above quote in an exclusive interview when she joined @celine in 2008.
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The Hervé L. Leroux label is returning to ready-to-wear.
The revived line will be presented to buyers during Paris Fashion Week and is designed by the late couturier’s sister Jocelyne Caudroy.
"Hervé left a fantastic heritage [of sketches and unfinished works]. When the project was suggested, I thought of Virginie Viard and how she had worked alongside Karl Lagerfeld. I accepted because this way, I can preserve the way Hervé worked. To continue, when given the opportunity, is important because this heritage lives within us,” Caudroy said.
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French beauty exports grew 9% in 2019.
The sector’s sales to China rose 48 percent on-year.
Overall, France’s largest export beauty product category was skin care, which generated more than 7.3 billion euros, up 46 percent over the past five years.
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