As the prestige skin-care category booms, female entrepreneurs are helping drive the momentum. “Women are natural storytellers and the story today is all about the product,” said Larissa Jensen, executive director and industry analyst at The NPD Group, which reports category sales are up 16 percent in the first half of this year, to $2.7 billion. According to Jensen, the increase can be attributed to skin care’s close ties with the burgeoning wellness movement, and female-founded brands that are utilizing clean ingredients and communicating on an emotional level. “Women have a better connection with their audience,” she said. “There are great stories with all of these entrepreneurs on why they introduced their brands, which resonate because consumers love stories.”
The Paris men’s calendar just gained another heavy hitter: Celine will stage a show in January, mere months after creative director Hedi Slimane launched its men’s wear division during a coed show on Sept. 28. 📸: @thekateowen
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Manolo Blahnik will receive the Luxury Legend award from Walpole, the sector body for U.K. luxury, during the black-tie British Luxury Awards on Monday, but the iconic shoe designer says he nowhere near the “legendary status” level. “A legend? I don’t think I’ll ever be a legend. That’s maybe in other people’s minds — but not in mine. I still have a future, a few more years — I hope,” he tells WWD.
Fendi marked the 10th anniversary of its Peekaboo bag by partnering with artists to reinterpret it for Design Miami. Sabine Marcelis, for one, froze the handbag within a resin block, allowing "translucent colors" to emphasize the shape of the bag. The designs will be on display at Design Miami, running Dec. 5–9.
Maapilim, the direct-to-consumer grooming start-up has raised a $4 million Series A round. The company, headquartered in Tel Aviv and founded by husband duo Jonathan and Doron Keren, focuses on high-end, natural, men's grooming products sourced from the Mediterranean coasts. The lineup includes shower, grooming, hair and skin products, and the rose gold-covered safety razor pictured here, reports @_a_collins . #wwdbeauty
The first retrospective of Dior in the U.S. has landed at the Denver Art Museum — and though the exhibition is a continuation of the 70th-anniversary display that bowed in Paris in 2017, “Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve,” the DAM show offers an entirely new look at the legacy of the house, and its relationship to the world, writes @leighen .
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