The retail landscape remains in a state of flux. Brick-and-mortar locations have continued to struggle to adapt digitally driven initiatives for new consumer priorities, and Amazon has given most retailers a new frame of reference for what's achievable — from the warehouse onward.The beauty industry has been one of the categories quickest to catch onto the emerging nuances. From mass market to niche, beauty brands and retailers have amped up e-commerce platform functionality and devised data-driven strategies to differentiate themselves among the stormy landscape.The segment has persevered — beauty brands and retailers have proven their dedication to keep up with new store openings (think Chanel’s recent opening of its first beauty and fragrance store in Milan) and enhanced in-store experiences (a renovated beauty floor is expected to soon be complete at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship, Ulta Beauty is implementing tester stations and Wal-Mart is purportedly installing additional gadgets in aisles, like iPads, to help with product choices).What’s more, advances in technology will be a key theme as brands and retailers drive forward. This trend, set to feature an array of beauty apps as well as the industry’s dip into augmented reality, showcase the beauty industry’s determination to retain its strength despite the notable challenges at hand.As David King, chief financial adviser, managing director and senior research analyst at investment banking firm ROTH Capital perceived, the concept of retail as we know it — especially due to the younger shopping generations’ influence — is being flipped on its head. “Millennials seek out experiences and prefer brands that speak to them, versus products that retailers choose to offer them,” he asserted.The ability to deliver on that new model is what will ensure the beauty industry’s continued success — change withstanding.For More WWD Business News, See:Brexit, Trump Shake Consumers; U.K. Luxury Aims to Steady UneaseNew Tool Aims to Boost Retailers’ Sales This Holiday SeasonReport: Physical Retail Far From ObsoleteWhy Brands Like Puma and Toms Are Successful on Social Media
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.