From One Direction to his first solo album, Louis Tomlinson is becoming his own man. Here he wears this summer’s hottest new sportswear
Junee Brands is readying to launch its first hair-care line.
Backed by Guthy Renker Ventures, brand incubator Junee is set to launch Volaire, a line of four hair volumizing products with patented technology. GR Ventures is the holding company that owns Guthy Renker, according to Rick Odum, chief executive officer of Guthy Renker. GR Ventures also backs another incubator and is broadly focused on bringing products to market quickly, according to Odum. “Guthy Renker develops brands internally, but also has other companies that are developing future beauty brands with the expectation that ultimately we would go to market at scale down the road,” Odum said.
Volaire is slated for a late summer QVC launch, will sell on Amazon and is in talks with potential specialty retail partners, according to Carey Grange, who cofounded Junee with Tony Smith-Hastie in 2015. (Junee also owns Specific Beauty, a pigmentation-focused skin-care line, and Dr. Denese Skin Science, an antiaging skin-care brand.) Volaire will also sell on its own web site.
“Our objective is to be where our target customer is most likely to learn about us, make a purchase decision about us and then purchase us,” Grange said. “Strategically, we want to come up with exclusivity for every channel
The British designer shows why he could patent the classically playful look, as sharp suits are teamed with fish and fauna covered prints
The first model in the Paul Smith fashion show in Paris on Sunday afternoon wore a sharp suit. It was teamed with a tie covered in fish. This combination, of the classic and the playful, is one that Smith could almost patent. It continued throughout this show, which took place in a school hall. Square bags were made to look like the tins of mackerel found in Japanese fish markets and shirts were covered with a print of tropical shores.
The colours were inspired by flora and fauna found in the ocean; vivid orange, purple, red and yellow dominated. This is the second season that both men and women have been on the catwalk in the show, with 19 outfits for women and 28 for men.
The smell of lunches at big school, hand sanitiser in a hospital and strawberry lip balm in Topshop – these are the markers that stay with us
Occasionally a brand will tout something that makes me look over my shoulder with a humid fear that they are watching me and marketing accordingly. In a move that I’m sure will feel curiously personal for many, Ikea has announced plans to release its own fragrance. It makes perfect sense that a company that has carved such an important place in our lives would attempt a move into this – the memories industry. The essence of Ikea itself should be preserved, along with every place where our lives change.
Ikea. What’s the smell of moving house for the third time in two years? Dust and plastic, and the sore inevitability of it all, the smell of pennies. But excitement too, in waves of cheap chocolate and the quiet thought that this shelving unit might hold up the rest of your life. Tea lights, because you plan to have dinner parties in this flat, and romance, which reminds you, you’ll need another plate. Rugs. Do we like “rugs”? This is where taste is made, in the slow-moving perambulation towards the tills. Do we like “things”, do we want “children”? The smell of hotdogs eaten in silence.
Music takes centre stage for 10-year anniversary of Kris Van Assche, artistic director of Dior Homme
For its most recent advertising campaign, Dior Homme put the male models in the background. Centre-stage was a more unlikely figure – 55-year-old Dave Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode. Flanked by Lucas Hedges, star of Manchester by the Sea, a statement described the duo as plotting “an evolution of style that subverts the classicism of Dior Homme today”. For Saturday afternoon’s spring/summer 2018 show, Rami Malek and Christian Slater, stars of the Netflix hacker show Mr. Robot, were on hand to continue the theme. Long-term fan Karl Lagerfeld sat in the front row too.
Kris Van Assche, the artistic director of Dior Homme, is the man responsible for this subversion from the inside. This year marks his 10th year at Dior Homme – so the show was a kind of anniversary. It took place at the Grand Palais in Paris. The space familiar to the fashion crowd was transformed with a grass floor and strings of black plastic, like that found inside cassette tapes, hanging from the ceiling.
I’m more likely to use after-sun when the family’s feeling hot and sticky, as opposed to burnt
I have mixed feelings about “after-sun” products. I realise people feel better for knowing that it’s on-hand in a (usually preventable) sunburn emergency and, like a bucket by the bed of a sick child, that it provides comfort and reassurance. But it has little real effect. What we’re usually paying for is standard moisturising body cream or cream-gel, perhaps one containing a little soothing aloe vera, instantly and temporarily to cool the skin and to help prevent it from drying out, cracking and peeling. Which would be fine, except many people seem to regard after-sun as an antidote to sun damage, when in reality it can mean little more than shutting the stable door after the horse has roasted. That said, the British weather can bring nasty surprises, so if you should find yourself accidentally overexposed, take two ibuprofen, apply after-sun and, if possible lie, still wet, in front of a fan.
Massage is usually intolerable on sunburned skin, so a spray or mist that’s been stored in a cool place is often ideal. A good no-touch option is Vaseline Spray & Go Aloe Fresh (£2.89), which sprays easily and evenly when held upside down, horizontally or with greasy fingertips (you can also chase a fugitive toddler with it and still manage an even coat). It’s a pretty good moisturiser for all but dry skins (my male partner loves it year-round), there’s no need to rub it in and it can be stored safely in the fridge (never freeze aerosols, by the way).
It has a Chinese deal, a Condé Nast tie-up and has lured the founder of its biggest rival – but can it really change the luxury market?
First it lured Natalie Massenet, the queen of online luxury, then it teamed up with fashion bible Vogue, and now it has won a multi-million pound investment from China’s biggest retailer: London-based fashion website Farfetch has rapidly gone from edgy outsider to hot ticket.
Farfetch is the Deliveroo of luxury fashion, linking together more than 700 exclusive boutiques and 200 brands in 40 countries and offering a delivery service for upmarket fashion shoppers worldwide.
Festivalgoers sport the once maligned accessory, which shows ugly-pretty chic has reached critical mass
It is most definitely the year of the bumbag, if Glastonbury festivalgoers are anything to go by at least.
There are so many bumbags here: canvas ones covered in Gucci logos; neon pink ones shimmering with sequins; sleek leather ones and practical hi-tech ones; iridescent metallic ones slung over shoulders like holsters.
In the month since Saks Fifth Avenue opened The Wellery on the second floor of its flagship, the intersection of beauty and wellness has come to life.
Popular consumer stops among the 20-plus shops occupying the 1,600-square-foot area are those selling beauty, including one that’s not traditionally considered a cosmetic – at least until now.
Although HFactor, a hydrogen-infused water, is the official water of The Wellery, the brand’s founder and chief executive officer Gail Levy said people are drinking it up for the beauty benefits, too. She sees great synergy with the workout classes offered at The Wellery, with many participants stopping in to try the water. That exposure is boosting sales for those who come back once they see beauty benefits.
“From a beauty standpoint, we’ve had people coming in and saying the puffiness around their eyes is dissipating or that their skin has a visibly healthy glow,” she said. Shortly after making that statement, a shopper came up and hugged her while praising what the water has done for her.
Levy said HFactor took the opportunity of its prime spot in The Wellery to introduce its “next-generation” packaging. The new look has a twist-off spout replacing the former “rip and sip”