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The Naomissance is upon us: Naomi Campbell returns the to top of the fashion world

When she’s not storming the catwalk, or lunching with former first ladies, Naomi Campbell has a front row seat at major shows, and a place on the masthead of fashion bible Vogue

The year 1990 was a good one for Naomi Campbell. That January opened with a spot on that supermodel cover of British Vogue, alongside Cindy, Christy and Linda. After that came the covers of French and Italian Vogue, as well as posing for Peter Lindbergh in a convertible full of dalmatians in a classic Grace Coddington shoot for American Vogue (that still turns up on moodboards to this day), walking for Gianni Versace in Milan and lip-syncing for George Michael’s Freedom ‘90 video. Not bad.

Now 2017 looks to be an equally good year for Campbell, now aged 47, a career arc that defies the norms of modelling. This is the age of the Naomissance.

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Haute Hawkins: how Stranger Things won fashion

The Netflix series is about to return and, thanks to brands including Louis Vuitton and Topshop, bingewatching it is now officially stylish

With the second series of Stranger Things starting later this month on Netflix, households everywhere are preparing to settle down to the eighties-set supernatural thriller. The fashionable will join them: brands are embracing Stranger Things as cult TV.

From the 20 October, Topshop and Topman will collaborate with Netflix to produce a range of clothing themed around the show – sort of merchandise for the series. In-jokes are rife. One T-shirt features the Upside Down – the alternate dimension featured in the show – while a backpack has patches for Hawkins Middle School AV Club, attended by the characters in the show.

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Kenneth Cole Black Bold Fragrance Inspires New Aloe Blacc Single

Kenneth Cole’s latest men’s fragrance, Black Bold, has inspired a new single from Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc. The track “Sweet Tooth,” set to be released Tuesday on Spotify, is the result of a collaboration between Blacc and emerging singer-songwriter Brielle Marie.

Kenneth Cole’s Black Bold Fragrance
Myriam Santos

Marie was discovered through the “Find Your Bold” contest, a partnership between Kenneth Cole Fragrances and Indaba Music, calling out for young artists to submit video for an original song inspired by the fragrance. Cole reached out to Blacc to select, mentor and collaborate with the contest winner.
“It was a bit nerve-wracking because you feel like people are putting their best foot forward and it’s up to me to decide who is the best one. What it comes down to is who did I think put out the best statement,” said Blacc. “Brielle, also being a singer-songwriter, stood out the most. She was playing her own instruments and writing her own music.”
The two met over the summer at a recording studio in Los Angeles and wrote the single on the spot. “I usually go in the studio and write a song, then for a month or two I keep working on it, depending on the

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Li Yuchun: meet the pop star taking gender neutral style to China

She’s outsold Drake and Beyoncé, holds Tilda Swinton as a style icon and is becoming one of the most sought-after ambassadors in the fashion industry –confirmation that androgynous fashion is big business around the globe

Li Yuchun, also known as Chris Lee, is China’s biggest pop star but you might not have necessarily heard of her. So here is some context: the current darling of China’s dominant pop genre, Mandopop, Lee’s 2016 album, Growing Wild, outsold both Drake’s One Dance and Beyoncé’s Lemonade in the first 16 days of its release. In the same year, Lee (also known as Li Yuchun) signed a deal with L’Oréal, starred in two films and became an ambassador for Gucci, one of the world’s biggest fashion brands. And now, she has been named brand ambassador for Diesel. Not bad for someone you likely just had to Google.

But what is really significant about Lee – and this is by no means to diminish her album sales – is her style, musically and aesthetically. Because just as her music is heavy on electric basslines, rather than saccharine harmonies, her look is not typically pop star pretty, but androgynous. She has short, spiky hair, and a wardrobe full of Balenciaga-style, oversized mannish pieces and luxe sportswear, such as Gucci tracksuits, beanie hats and Nike trainers. In a world of bubblegum, manufactured pop – Lee found fame when she won China’s version of The X Factor, Super Girl, in 2005 – she is a very different kind of style icon.

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The fashion world speaks out: ‘Without immigration, we’d be selling potato sacks’

Retailer Jigsaw, whose staff come from 45 countries, is latest to call for tolerance after the Brexit vote and US presidential election

There is a new trend greeting shoppers this season but it’s not billowing cords or ruffle blouses: it’s the fashion industry’s attempt to counter hostility towards immigrants since the Brexit vote.

Last week the high street chain Jigsaw put its head above the parapet as it filled shop windows and billboards with posters emblazoned with “ immigration”. In its accompanying “manifesto” the retailer says: “Without immigration, we’d be selling potato sacks,” adding that “fear, isolation, and intolerance will hold us back”.

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Beauty: high-street moisturisers that take on the luxury brands – and win | Sali Hughes

Whatever Superdrug is doing to integrate its SPF into its face creams, luxury brands need in on it, because I can’t remember a more instantly pleasing, no-fuss product

With the sheer weight of new products coming to market, some inevitably get overlooked – it can be months before I chance across them. This happened recently, when a missed late train detoured me to a friend’s flat, where I had to make do with what he had in the bathroom. Within seconds of massaging Superdrug’s Optimum PhytoGlyc Age Day Cream SPF15 into my hungover face, I knew I needed my own. This non-greasy cream provides superior moisturisation, smoothing silkily on to normal, combination or dry skin, and an exceptional base for makeup. For a cream containing sunscreens, it manages that rare feat of staying stable under slapdash foundation application, without peeling, and didn’t sting when it wandered into my eyes. Whatever Superdrug is doing to integrate its SPF, luxury brands need in on it, because I can barely remember a more instantly pleasing, no-fuss cream. I’m sceptical about its long-term “firming” claims, as I am with those for products at five times the price, but for £12.99 I’ll take my chances.

This led me to its big sister Optimum Phytodeluxe Day Cream (£14.99), which is richer in texture, and for drier, more mature skin, but just as lovely a texture. The brightening, plumping effect is instantly noticeable and, again, makeup lies so cosily on top, you can happily skip primer.

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Aerin Lauder Launches Tuberose Collection, Partners With Sotheby’s

Aerin Lauder is channeling grandma Estée with the launch of her tuberose fragrance collection.
“Tuberose reminds me a lot of my grandmother because she would always have tuberoses in her homes right when you walked in,” Lauder said. “There’s something so delicious and luxurious and sweet…it represents friendship and love.”
Lauder chatted about her grandmother, jewelry and femininity at an event Thursday, where she’d partnered with Sotheby’s to celebrate the launch of the scents. Guests were invited to view and try on a collection of Sotheby’s fine jewels that are set for an Oct. 17 auction — Lauder donated two rings (one David Webb, the other Van Cleef & Arpels) — proceeds of which will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by her aunt, Evelyn Lauder.
“My whole life I saw my grandmother always wearing great rings,” Lauder said. Lauder also curated her day and evening jewel picks from the selection of more than 300 pieces of fine jewelry. In addition to draping themselves in items like a Cartier Diamond and Emerald Bracelet featuring elephants (curated for day, and estimated to sell for between $40,000 and $60,0000), guests could have a painter personalize their Aerin tuberose fragrance bottle.
The Aerin tuberose collection

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Lawless Beauty Offers Prestige-Quality Natural Cosmetics

Natural beauty was the obvious next step for Annie Lawless.
As the cofounder of Suja Juice and a holistic health coach and with her lifestyle blog, Blawnde, Lawless is devoted to living a healthy life, but saw difficulty in applying her wellness approach to her makeup routine, which led to the launch of her namesake natural brand.
“I try to avoid toxins in my daily life as much as I can,” Lawless said. “In an effort to clean out my makeup collection, I went on a quest spending thousands of dollars on all of these natural brands, testing everything I could just to see if I could discover products I loved as much and worked just as well as luxury makeup.”

Annie Lawless for Lawless Beauty.
Anthony Ghiglia

Through her testing, Lawless became frustrated with the lack of results she saw from natural brands and took matters into her own hands to create a line of natural cosmetics that had the same level of performance as conventional brands.
Even though her brand’s point of differentiation is being 100 percent natural, Lawless knew that wasn’t enough of an incentive to get women to switch over from conventional brands. From her experience with her blog and interacting with

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Zara’s UK profits drop sharply despite record sales

Fashion chain blames fall on investment programme involving store refurbishments and moving its London head office

Zara has recorded a sharp fall in UK profits despite sales breaking through the £600m barrier for the first time.

Pre-tax profits at the British subsidiary of the Spanish fashion group Inditex, which owns the Zara brand, dropped by one-third to £39.2m in the year to 31 January, down from £58.3m in 2016. Sales rose by 13% to £602.7m.

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Powering Up the At-Home Spa Business

Michael Todd Beauty’s Sonicsmooth.

The U.S. beauty devices category was sluggish last year, according to research from Kline, which cited a slowdown in innovation.
Michael Todd Beauty, which has bucked the industry’s sluggish sales trend, hopes to generate a big buzz with its pipeline of products cultivated for the expanding base of at-home spa customers.
In particular, the company has identified consumer interest in duplicating medical spa services such as dermaplaning and microdermabrasion.
“These are affordable, medical grade beauty devices for men and women to use,” said Erica Parker, vice president of Education and Regulatory Affairs, for Michael Todd Beauty who also serves as the brand’s on-air spokesperson. “These devices allow you to have an at-home spa experience. You no longer have to book an appointment to get anti-aging treatment, hair removal or skin rejuvenation.”
As an added extra, Michael Todd Beauty is injecting fashion into the once clinical-appearing business with vibrant colors and patterns.
The retail industry is reacting. Michael Todd Beauty has gained footage at Ulta Beauty which first put the brand’s devices into the mix in 2015. A promotional gift display will be positioned near the entrance at all 1000-plus doors at Ulta Beauty doors for holiday. Forever 21 selected Michael Todd Beauty’s devices

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La Prairie’s ‘Swissness’ Dictates Retail Concept

NEW YORK — La Prairie is bringing a more Swiss than ever retail concept to North America.
The brand, sticking to an “if it ain’t broke” philosophy of embracing its Swiss heritage that’s no doubt contributing to reportedly double-digit growth year-over-year, will open a completely revamped shop-in-shop at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street on Saturday. It’s only the second time the brand’s presentation has had a significant update in its space here since entering the retailer’s doors 37 years ago, as well as the first U.S. retailer to introduce the concept.
The new look, which draws inspiration from Swiss contemporary architecture and the Land Art movement popularized in the Sixties and Seventies, was conceptualized by Stana Pijunovic, La Prairie’s chief architect. A handful of materials — largely consisting of wood and mineral elements — were placed thoughtfully throughout the almost entirely gray, 530-square-foot space in Bloomingdale’s, including a 95-square-foot treatment room. A series of nine display areas, a discovery table and sleek, matte merchandising risers are accompanied by two custom tester units and a custom consultation table. The location will be the site for two treatments exclusive to Bloomingdale’s as well: a Swiss hand massage available at counter and a 60-minute caviar-infusion facial.
“The first thing

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Marc Rey, Frederic Rozé Talk Connected Consumers at CEW

“The product is crucial and the consumer is crucial.”
This sentiment was the key takeaway from today’s CEW Connected Consumer conference, held in New York at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Trevor Hardy, chief executive officer of The Future Laboratory, came to this conclusion as the resolution to a friendly disagreement between two industry heavyweights — Frédéric Rozé, president of L’Oréal USA,and Marc Rey, president and ceo at Shiseido Americas Corp.
Kicking off the morning’s speakers with a keynote address, Rozé addressed the vast changes the industry is facing due to digitization.
“Before I share a few of the paths we are going down to respond to these changes, I feel compelled to say one thing — it’s a message I reinforce every day with the teams at L’Oréal,” Rozé said. “ In our pursuit of digital transformation, we should never lose focus on what matters most in our industry — products, products, products. Only product innovation bringing the best, most effective, most inventive, most relevant products can drive and grow the market and the brands. In our industry, brands win or lose because of the superiority of their product offering. In the end, having a high digital IQ is essential if and only if it is in

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Avène Links With Kind Campaign on Second #AvèneHope Push

Eau Thermale Avène has linked with the Kind Campaign on its second #AveneHope initiative, called Kindness Is Power, to benefit the international nonprofit’s support of antibullying.
Timed with Eczema Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month, the Kindness Is Power program will run through the month of October on a dedicated hub page, aveneusa.com/hope. The hub page includes a video detailing the story of Carissa Chilson, a 12-year-old eczema patient from Texas who was treated at the Avène Hydrotherapy Center in France. Prior to her visit to the Hydrotherapy Center, Chilson had faced bullying by classmates due to her skin condition.
Consumers can support the campaign by purchasing a Kindness Is Power tote bag containing some of Avène’s targeted eczema products — including the 100-ml. XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil and a choice of either the 200-ml. lipid-replenishing cream or balm. A 150-ml. can of Avène’s thermal spring water is also included in the tote bag, which retails for $47. Tote bags can also be purchased separately for $5.
The annual #AvèneHope program was launched last year to support Eczema Awareness Month.
“Reinforcing Avène’s position as a brand so deeply committed to sensitive and problem skin, the annual [#AvèneHope] campaign allows Avène to showcase powerful

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AllWork App to Connect Beauty Retailers With Sales Talent

The AllWork app pinpoints needs for beauty talent.

AllWork is taking a page from Uber’s playbook and is looking to connect beauty brands and retailers with the right sales talent through a new app.
“For many retailers, creating an experience and touching consumers is a way to win at retail and give customers a reason to come into their stores,” said Glenn Laumeister, chief executive officer of AllWork, a platform that helps find and manage in-store retail talent.
Based on promising results from the existing AllWork platform, the company is taking its service to the next step with this month’s rollout of a mobile app. Not only does the mobile app provide access to talent when and where it is needed, it is a mobile management tool for all aspects of managing the beauty business.
Having a mobile app is key for Millennials who are glued to their phones, but also want flexible work schedules. They can work when they want and be notified faster than by e-mail or phone.
“We’ve found a large need in the retail industry for companies to optimize their labor spend in the same way they’ve implemented technology to optimize their supply chain, marketing and other business functions,” Laumeister said.

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Shoe colour question could put 2015 dress debate in the shade

Debate kicks off on social media about whether picture shows a turquoise and grey trainer, or a pink and white one

It was one of the most fractious debates in modern times – by 2015’s standards, at least. Now a new argument has erupted that has shades of the blue/white dress controversy.

Many people on social media sites are arguing whether the picture below shows a turquoise and grey shoe, or a pink and white one.

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