Lord knows I love a face mask. But now, now, I’ve been introduced to a hair mask… Oh my giddy aunt. So, here’s the story: a new salon called Sister Joan has just opened in my area. I was the first through the door on the opening day, for a bleach job that resulted in a pink candy floss-toned celebration, with flecks of orange the shade of fruit salad sweets. It made me joyous for the rest of the day. People were smiling at me in the street.
Let’s be honest, all this chemical blasting of my barnet can’t be doing it any good
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Gino Trunzo, assistant vice president of business development at Redken, passed away Wednesday due to an apparent heart attack. L’Oréal USA, which owns Redken, revealed the news Thursday.
Trunzo joined L’Oréal USA five years ago on the Essie professional team where he helped implement the brand’s education strategies and build its professional artist network.
He joined Redken’s team in January of this year where he has helped grow the professional hair-care business.
“Gino’s charisma, pride and passion for his business was apparent in everything he did,” said Leslie Marino, general manager of Redken U.S. “Gino’s enthusiasm was infectious. He was well-respected and loved by his colleagues at L’Oréal and within the professional industry. Gino will certainly be missed by all who knew him.”
Trunzo is survived by his husband of 10 years, Jon Wolfe-Nelson, his mother Arlene Trunzo and his five siblings.
Arianators can now bathe like their favorite pop star thanks to a new product launch from Lush.
In July, Ariana Grande released the visuals to her song “God Is A Woman,” from her latest studio album “Sweetener.” The video shows Grande, wearing a nude bodysuit painted by Alexa Meade, bathing in a pool of various pink and purple hues. Following the video’s release, Grande megafans, aka Arianators, called upon Lush via Twitter to create a bath bomb inspired by the scene, and on Nov. 22, they will finally get exactly that.
— eisha (@grandeslite) July 14, 2018
Created by Lush product inventor Jack Constantine, the “Goddess” bath bomb gets its name from Grande’s popular video. The product, which retails for $8.95, is vegan and cruelty-free and includes notes of oudh and sandalwood. Jasmine, osmanthus and rose oil are incorporated for relaxation, and fair trade organic cocoa butter, shea butter and liquid argan oil provide moisturizing properties.
Lush’s “Goddess” bath bomb, inspired by Ariana Grande’s “God Is A Woman” music video.
The “Goddess” bath bomb is the latest beauty product inspired by social media. In June, MAC released an Aaliyah tribute collection, which came to fruition thanks to Instagram. Fans of the late singer
Oak + Fort is turning to beauty to grow — and eventually outdo — its fashion business.
The Canada-based retailer is applying its minimalist chic designs to makeup with the launch of Oak + Fort Beauty. The color cosmetics line, available on Oak + Fort’s web site, consists of three cushion compacts, two lip tints, two lipsticks and six nail polishes, with prices ranging from $9 to $28. The line was manufactured in Korea, where Oak + Fort founder and chief executive officer Min Kang is from.
Oak + Fort Beauty’s CC Cushion, $28.
Beauty is a growing area of focus for Oak + Fort, which started as a digital-first brand and has more than 20 brick-and-mortar locations in the U.S. and Canada. The retailer believes its beauty line has “the potential to eclipse our fashion business,” according to Shelly Wilson, formerly Oak + Fort’s chief of staff and head of e-commerce for cosmetics and home, who now consults for the brand.
“You look at businesses like Glossier, for example, that have physical locations, and they’re a multimillion-dollar business,” said Wilson. “Our expectation is that [Oak + Fort Beauty] has the potential to eclipse our fashion business and that at some point, it
Loli Beauty, the beauty brand that offers customizable and eco-friendly skin- and hair-care products with organic ingredients, has won a Shorty Social Good Award at its third annual awards ceremony.
The brand has won the award for its commitment to zero-waste formulations and packaging. Loli Beauty upcycles its ingredients and uses a 100 percent waterless formulation process to create its products.
“It’s truly amazing to be recognized by the Shorty Social Good Awards so early in our launch,” said Tina Hedges, founder of Loli Beauty. “As always is the case in the early stages of a start-up, it’s critical to align with partners and collaborators like Attn:, who produced our award-winning content, and with Made Safe, who certified our products.”
In addition to Loli Beauty, Paula’s Choice was awarded for its “The Good Fight” video campaign series where celebrities and activists shared their stories of adversity, and Dove was awarded for its Men+Care Father’s Day campaign supporting paid paternity leave.
Hedges, an industry veteran who previously worked at L’Oréal and The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., launched Loli Beauty in March as a direct-to-consumer brand offering skin- and hair-care products that consumers could blend themselves to give them more customizable offerings. The brand is now part
David Hernandez has been named chief procurement officer of Avon Products Inc.
In his new role, effective Jan. 7, Hernandez will be in charge of modernizing Avon’s procurement process, with an eye toward cost savings, as part of the company’s turnaround plan. The job includes finding new partners in the name of efficiency, the company said. Hernandez will report to Michael Watson, senior vice president of global supply chain.
Hernandez joins Avon from Grupo Bimbo, a multibrand bakery business, where he worked as chief procurement officer for six years. There, he shifted the company’s procurement function from a decentralized structure to a global network that provided procurement across 32 countries. Before that, Hernandez was chief supply chain officer at Deoleo Groups SA, and also worked at Groupe Danone in several roles.
Hernandez is the latest in a string of hires for Avon as the business works to turn around under new chief executive officer Jan Zijderveld.
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Operating on Avon: CEO Outlines New Turnaround Plan
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LOS ANGELES — Bellami Hair struck a deal with private equity firm Cathexis Holdings LLP for $20 million in exchange for a minority stake in the hair extension firm as it hits the green light on growth.
The company, with a business that includes hair extensions and six hybrid salon-retail store concepts, has another $100 million to work with from Cathexis available on an as-needed basis as it works through a five-year growth strategy, according to Bellami ceo Julius Salerno. He cofounded the business with Nikki Eslami in 2012.
The deal with Cathexis marks the first time the two have taken outside funding after launching the business with $7,000.
Bellami’s seen rapid growth, specifically between the tail end of 2017 and into this year when it opened five of its six store concepts.
“It’s the right time [for outside capital] because we just launched an entirely new collection being Bellami Professional, which continues to be our largest focus we’re going to have moving forward,” Salerno said. “The size of the opportunity in that particular category of permanent extensions, we knew we were going to need quite a bit more inventory to satisfy the demand that we had. We knew we could fund it ourselves
A determined ‘clogerati’ of celebs and writers have made the clog the fashion lover’s shoe of choice
Ugly fashion is big business. But nowhere more so than on our feet, it seems, with the news that clogs – the bulbous footwear more commonly linked to farmers and folklore – have become the discerning fashion lover’s shoe of choice.
Following on the from the unlikely success of Birkenstock shoes, Crocs and the “ugly trainer” which went as far as co-opting the “ugly” moniker in order to sell shoes, the trend occupies both ends of the ugly spectrum. The good news is the majority of these clogs are not as ugly as they sound.
The direct-to-consumer beauty space has a new player, and its focus is body care.
Nécessaire, founded by Nick Axelrod and Randi Christiansen, is set to launch today on its own web site. Axelrod, an editorial veteran who has worked for Into the Gloss, Elle and WWD, and Christiansen, who worked in product development at The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. for 15 years, are being funded by Imaginary Venture, Forerunner Ventures and Maveron.
Nécessaire is launching with three products — the Body Wash, $22; the Body Lotion, $25, and the Sex Gel, $20. There is also a starter kit priced at $55. The products are formulated without several ingredients that comprise what the brand refers to as its “no” list, including sulfates, parabens and synthetic fragrances. They are pH-balanced and the body wash is available in three scent varieties — sandalwood, eucalyptus and fragrance-free.
“Body is more relevant than ever,” Axelrod said. “It feels like we’re in a moment where talking about the body and sex felt a lot more comfortable and sort of in the center of conversation.”
Axelrod and Christiansen, who met in Los Angeles, were both looking for their next product when they connected over the lack of modern choices in the body-care aisle.
Direct-to-consumer grooming start-up Maapilim has raised a $4 million Series A round.
The financing was led by Viola Ventures, Kaedan Capital and the joint venture of Keshet International and Dick Clark Productions. Avishai Avrahami, cofounder and chief executive officer of web site-creation platform Wix, has also invested.
Maapilim, 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, priced between $15 and $52.
Maapilim Safety Razor
Originally, the concept started so that Jonathan and his husband could fund their art aspirations. The Wix veterans set up a web site to sell beard oil to fund an art show called “Flowers are Manly,” which ended up drawing attention from more than 200 art blogs.
The show was meant to show the range of masculinity, Jonathan Keren said — and that concept was infused through Maapilim’s brand ethos.
“It started out by saying, ‘Yeah, we’re guys, but we don’t always have to feel like we’re in a battlefield when we’re in the shower,’” Keren said.
The range is meant not only to deviate from hyper-masculine branded products, but also from those that are price-oriented or
L’Oréal USA Creative Inc. is suing indie darling Drunk Elephant for patent infringement.
In a lawsuit filed Nov. 14, L’Oréal alleges that Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum violates a patent that L’Oréal filed in 2005 related to L-Ascorbic acid, a form of Vitamin C.
L’Oréal says in the suit that Drunk Elephant knew about the patent because L’Oréal had reached out to them, but continues to sell the C-Firma product. Drunk Elephant founder Tiffany Masterson declined to comment on the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, L’Oréal is asking Judge Lee Yeakel in the U.S. District Court in the Western Disctrict of Texas to grant L’Oréal damages from the alleged infringement, and for the court to bar Drunk Elephant from selling C-Firma.
Drunk Elephant, founded by Masterson in 2012, makes clean skin-care products that have developed a cult following. The brand’s growth is said to be explosive — driven by retailers like Sephora, Cult Beauty and sales on its own web site. In 2017, the business received an investment from private equity firm VMG Partners, and shortly after that, hired Tim Warner as chief executive officer. Before the move, Warner had worked as ceo of L’Oréal-owned Urban Decay.
In sync with mounting demand for cleaner beauty products, Henkel is launching a line of hair and body products called Nature Box.
The 22 stockkeeping unit portfolio consists of shampoo, conditioner and treatments for hair care, as well as body wash, body lotion, body butter and liquid hand soap. Nature Box joins other Henkel personal-care brands such as Schwarzkopf hair care, Dial soaps and Sexy Hair.
Nature Box products are vegan and produced with cold-pressed oils. Both of those are attributes moving to the front burner as consumers pay closer attention to what’s going on their bodies.
The launch builds upon Henkel’s sustainability initiatives. “A product’s origin and production should be as transparent and sustainable as possible,” said Martina Spinatsch, vice president, research and development, Beauty Care North America. “Nature Box reflects our commitment here at Henkel to uphold these important values.”
The vegan positioning resonates with an expanding base of Americans looking for vegan products. In the U.S., the number of consumers who claim to be vegan grew 600 percent from 2014 to 2017, according to a report by research firm GlobalData.
Cold-pressing has taken hold in the luxury market and with Nature Box is moving at mass. “Nature Box formulas with cold-pressed oils
The museum will honour the designer’s pioneering work of the 60s and 70s in an upcoming exhibition
On Thursday, the V&A staged a “Quant revival” outside the museum to mark the launch of ticket sales for its upcoming retrospective of iconic fashion designer Mary Quant.
Models and staff who worked with Quant during the height of her fame in the 60s and 70s, as well as contemporary models, turned out for the event – many wearing Quant originals. Among them was 60s fashion model, photographer and long-time Quant fan Jill Kennington, who chose to wear a striped, woollen Quant dress for the occasion.
Shoptalk has gotten buzzier on Germany’s beauty scene, with Sephora, Douglas and Zalando all recently launching new retail concepts that are shaking up the market.
It is Western Europe’s largest market for fragrance and cosmetics, generating $18.64 billion in 2017, up 3.4 percent on-year, according to Euromonitor International. That’s compared to the U.K.’s $16.44 billion and France’s $14.55 billion.
“The drugstores along with perfumeries are still the dominant players in the personal-care market, though online retailers are growing rapidly,” said Andrew McDougall, associate director of beauty and personal care at Mintel Group, who listed Dm-Drogerie Markt, Rossmann, Müller and Douglas as the first to fourth leading players in the space.
“The structure of German retailing is unlike that of any other European country because of the dominance of the hard discounters,” he continued. “Their limited range and low prices have made it very difficult for large supermarkets to prosper, but have opened the way for a thriving drugstore sector.”
Despite such structural hurdles and chronic promotional activity, Germany is representing a big opportunity for prestige beauty sellers, as the penetration of premium products remains low. In 2017, beauty specialist retailers made just 14.9 percent of the country’s beauty sales, versus the 41.4 percent commanded
15 November 1937: Mainbocher emulates the cathedral window with a contrast between black silk dress and multicoloured spangles reminiscent of twelfth century glass
PARIS. Jewels, cathedral windows, cinerarias, metals – all set the pace for colouring in clothes. While many dark stuffs are used, these are illuminated not only by colour but by the glow and brightness of colour. It may only be the scarf which provides the blues, purples, reds, jades which must lighten the dress. More often it is a piece of decoration which is an integral part of the dress, as in the Mainbocher model, the gold embroidery of which has clearly a monarchical source. This is a black wool, and the ambassadorial embroidery is used for the front of the bodice, the belt, and the pockets. The cut of the skirt will be noted, with its close fit and spread above the knees. But its main characteristic is the brightness of the gold on the dark background.
If you’re hankering after a fabric usually associated with geography teachers and Wes Anderson characters this winter, don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal. Corduroy was associated with workers in the 18th century, but is now everywhere, from The Little Drummer Girl and Chanel catwalks to the high street. This ridged velvet comes in many varieties, from needlecord to elephant – go for 70s brown, workwear classics or, for a modern twist, pastel