The latest designer to join the cosmetics collaboration crazy is… (drum roll)… Derek Lam.
WWD revealed that the designer will be joining the ranks of such illustrious fashion heavies as Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu in signing his name to a beauty line, partnering with cosmetics giant Estée Lauder. The line will include five product: a navy eye crayon, gold eyeshadow, black mascara, blush lipstick and a “barely gold” gloss, all nested inside a bonus navy clutch.
The collection was used in Lam’s spring 2014 fashion show and was a collaborative effort between the designer and his longtime friend and creative makeup director of Estee Lauder, Tom Pecheux. “I’ve been working with Tom since my very first show and Estée Lauder for the last eight seasons,” the designer told the fashion tome. “That longtime involvement is invaluable — we’re really working hand in hand.”
“I’ve always tried to incorporate beauty and fragrance — I see that as very intrinsic to what I do, which is not about one particular look or way of dressing, but trying to express personal style,” Lam went on to explain. “This is another expression of style that is curated by me and Tom. We wanted it to be an elevated experience, but accessible.”
You can expect the Derek Lam + Estée Lauder collab to hit store shelves in January 2014, and retail for $85.read more
High-end clothing website that rents designer digs right off the runway from our favorite designers has recently announced a whopping $24.4 million plug of cash from their latest round of financing. The company has raised a total of $55.4 million dollars to date. We’re wondering what this will mean for the fashion brand. Perhaps a few more showrooms popping up nation wide? Absolutely! And it looks like they’ll also be adding style advisors to their plans.
“The business is continuing to expand very quickly,” Rent the Runway co-founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman told WWD, “in people, marketing and scaling our operation to make sure we are delivering incredible customer experiences.”
For major online retailers, the Rent the Runway experience merges the online and offline market flawlessly offering great customer service on both ends.
“In [this] business, 100 percent of what we send out comes back four days later on purpose,” Scott Friend, managing director at Bain Capital, told WWD. “We have to make it look brand new all over again so we can ship it out again on Thursday, knowing it comes back on Monday. That involves seamstresses and dry cleaning…. this takes a lot of capital to build the business the right way [in order to] scale the business.”read more
Whew. Now that we’ve officially gotten past the 12-12-12 of the Mayan calendar — let’s put the focus back on our own version of it.
WWD began the year end wrap up with it’s seasonal listing of the top ten most-recognized brands in categories including ready-to-wear, accessories, designer, and inner wear (known to the masses as lingerie.) Naturally the lists are doused in heavy-hitting names. So bust out the champagne and let the listing begin!
Top 10 Ready-to-Wear Brands:
1. Liz Claiborne
2. Calvin Klein
3. Ralph Lauren
4. Ann Taylor
5. Vera Wang
6. J. Crew
8. Jones New York
10. Michael Kors
Top 10 Innerwear/Lingerie Brands:
1. Victoria’s Secret
3. Fruit of the Loom
7. Vanity Fair
8. Calvin Klein
Top 10 Accessories Brands:
1. Coach Inc.
3. Calvin Klein
4. Guess Inc.
5. Nine West
6. Liz Claiborne and Tommy Hilfiger (tie)
8. Ralph Lauren
Top 10 Designers:
1. Calvin Klein
2. Tommy Hilfiger
3. Ralph Lauren
5. Vera Wang
7. Louis Vuitton
9. Dolce & Gabbana
10. Giorgio Armani
We watched him dominate the runways at the tender age of 21 when he won Project Runway and showcased his designs at New York Fashion Week. WWD reported Friday that the fashion designer will be adding an entirely new project into his portfolio of fashion works this time collaborating with the Fragrance Group for his forthcoming scent.
“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to create my first exclusive fragrance, a fragrance which to me symbolizes the type of women I love to dress who is stylish, sophisticated, and powerful,” said Siriano.
The designer has already collaborated with Payless Shoe Source and has a maternity collection called Fierce Mamas.
We look forward to getting our hands on the new scent.
With the staggering success of designer-meets-mass retailers collaborations in the past few years, pairing with companies like H&M, and Target is a no brainer for any brand looking to infiltrate the US shopping market — and apparently urban chic Canadian brand Joe Fresh has taken notice.
Outside of stocking their store-within-a-store at nearly 700 JC Penney outlets, the Business of Fashion is reporting that Joe Fresh will be made available at Penney’s website via a new e-commerce launch set for spring 2013. So now Joe Fresh’s special brand of $19 sweaters (and other $-friendly separates) will be available to shoppers living outside of Manhattan (where all six American Joe Fresh stores currently call home) — and that is good news!
Creative Director of Joe Fresh, Joseph Mimran commented earlier this year on the JC Penney in-store partnership, telling WWD, “For [Joe Fresh], it looked like a great opportunity to get a very large footprint in the U.S. very quickly and to do it with someone who is visionary.” We’re pretty sure that we can assume the sentiment for this latest reveal is the same.read more
Sometimes it’s not the easiest job to be a trendsetter. You’re an innovator and others are emulators. But when the competition gets too rough what’s a brand to do? Beat them by buying them of course. This was the exact case when beloved beauty sample subscriptions service BirchBox recently acquired Paris-based competitor “JolieBox”. According to Forbes with the new move, Birchbox will be available outside of the U.S. in France, Spain and the U.K.
JolieBoxes won’t completely disappear, however. They’ll simply just adopt their parent’s new name with new packaging to their current customers stating “JolieBox, a BirchBox Company”.
This recent move will step up the game for current beauty box subscription services who are still competing stateside and have yet to expand into over seas territory. But we’re sure it won’t be long before competitors get a whiff of the opportunity and follow along.
Subscribe to BirchBox, hand-picked beauty and lifestyle samples, delivered to your door for $10/month.read more
Billionaire Sheila Johnson, ex-wife of Robert Johnson, and co-founder of BET television networks, has her sights set on bringing a worldly feel to our every day wear.
Now enter her luxe scarf line which will be available exclusively on her website, www.sheilajohnsoncollection.com, will retail for $475 and are handcrafted in Italy of soft modal fabric. The scarves designs will feature digital prints of Johnson’s travels around the world as well as her post-earthquake photographs of Haiti which she visited with Donna Karan (a collaborator on her scarf line of course).
Proceeds from the sales of the collection will go to benefit Johnson’s team the Lady Salamanders, a women’s street soccer team she started.
“I’ve been thinking about this for two years,” Johnson told WWD. “I came up with this idea to see if I could digitally put these pictures on the scarves. When it translates digitally, it looks abstract, but it’s also the way I take the pictures.”
As though H&M hasn’t already began its decent on taking over the entire universe one fashionably affordable garment at a time, the retailer recently announced plans to add a 57,000 square foot department store smack dab in the middle of Manhattan at 48th street and 5th Avenue — just blocks away from their 51st street location. We know… How crazy.
The new H&M will house all of their collections including men, women, kids, infants, accessories, cosmetics, maternity and home collection which will launch in early 2013. The empire of H&M reigning in New York City will reach 12 stores in total and while we’re excited about witnessing the mammoth fashion house, we’re also feeling a little overwhelmed. Where will we find room in our closets for such treasures?
Looks like CoverGirl is getting edgier as we speak. First we announced PINK’s venture with the brand and now we’re excited to spill the beans about songstress Janelle Monae’s recently landed deal with the cosmetics line.
Known for her unique style, hair that lives and a voice that could make mountains crumble, Monae is a fresh new face for the brand. At 26, the star has already pressed her persona into the fashion world wearing a tuxedo and a bright smile.
“I believe it’s time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around me,” Monáe said in a press release. “Becoming a CoverGirl is truly and honor and a gift: it opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out.”
We’re looking forward to catching the new campaigns featuring the beauty.read more
There’s BirchBox, CurlBox and several other boxes beauty lovers are subscribing to each month. But Beauty.com is changing the rules by offering a sample box in-store. Customers in the Chicago area were introduced to the prestige beauty box earlier this month at select Walgreens stores featuring sample and full-size products from brands like Bliss, Carol’s Daughter, Murad and Lorac.
“We are obsessed with sampling and getting samples into customers’ hands,” said Kathleen McNeill to WWD, president of Beauty.com. “These are brands and products that we love. We wanted people to touch and play.”
Additional versions of these boxes are set to roll out in 2013 with the goal of prominently displaying the luxe boxes within Walgreens and marketing to consumers in a new way.
What do you think beauties? Would you purchase a sample box in-store?