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How to wear: smart-cold | Jess Cartner-Morley

By Jess Cartner-Morley

One can’t neglect standards just because the mercury dips. It’s too bad for morale

The trickiest dress code to get right isn’t smart-casual, it’s smart-cold. Smart-cold doesn’t get printed in invitations, but it is an unspoken dress code with which you will almost certainly have to grapple over the next two months. One can’t neglect standards just because the mercury dips. It’s too bad for morale.

It goes without saying that keeping warm is the most important issue here; smart-cold is never about shivering or wearing fewer clothes. But if you abandon all sartorial coordinates and dress only for warmth, piling on random layers and hats and scarves and gloves, you end up lumpy and bundled and chaotic. Snowman-who-got-dressed-in-the-dark is not a good look, and streamlining your outfit can help you feel more in control of your battle with the elements.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/jan/11/how-to-wear-smart-cold

      

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The best corduroy pieces for all ages – in pictures

By Styling: Melanie Wilkinson. Photographs: David Newby

Forget its geek reputation, because corduroy is a frontrunner for the season’s most versatile look. An oversized jacket looks relaxed with a pair of overalls or a jumpsuit, while a blazer can be layered over a T-shirt for day and a slip dress at night

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2019/jan/11/the-best-corduroy-pieces-for-all-ages-in-pictures

      

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Frank Fazzinga Jr., 77, Dies

Frank Fazzinga Jr., the founder of Grace Beauty Capital and veteran fragrance distributor, died on Jan. 8. He was 77.
Fazzinga started his career with Frank’s Beauty Supply in Passaic, N.J., before founding Grace Beauty in New York, N.Y. He died in Hawthorne, N.J., after a hard-fought battle with cancer, a company representative told WWD.

Frank Fazzinga Jr.

Fazzinga was the brains behind a twofold business with Grace Beauty — one side handles distribution, and the other, Grace Beauty Capital, makes investments in consumer businesses.
Grace Beauty Capital has gone on to provide early-stage capital for a variety of companies, including some in the fashion and beauty sectors. The firm has backed a variety of well-known start-ups, including Harry’s, ThirdLove, Supergoop!, Glamsquad, Warby Parker and Eloquii. Grace Beauty generally provides between $100,000 to $500,000 per transaction.
Before establishing the financial side of the business, Fazzinga was known for his fragrance distribution operation. There, he helped to establish fragrance as a category in the food, drug and mass channel, working with retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Walgreens and CVS.
He was also known for his relationship building.
“What my father believed in more than anything else was the power of relationships,” said Frank Fazzinga III,

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Brenda Wu to Head Topix

Brenda Wu, the former SkinCeuticals general manager who went to Derma E as chief executive officer in August, has been appointed ceo of Topix Pharmaceuticals.

Brenda Wu, ceo, Topix.

Topix acquired Derma E in May 2018, and also owns brands like Replenix, Citrix and Glycolix that are sold through the professional channel. In her new role as head of the parent company, Wu will continue to oversee operations at Derma E.
“Each business will definitely have a tailored plan because their markets and their customers are a little bit different,” Wu said. “The end consumer is also a little bit different in terms of where she’s shopping for skin care today and what she’s looking for.”
On the professional side, many customers already regularly consult with a skin-care professional, she said, and are seeking advice to customize their product experiences. The Derma E customer is looking for “the cleanest skin care that works,” Wu said.
While those groups of consumers may seem different, Wu contends that there is overlap, and that even women going to their doctors for neurotoxin procedures are sometimes looking for natural skin-care options, she said.
The professional side recently launched a complete back-bar regimen, and is planning to launch medical-grade masks in 2019. Derma

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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Levine Named L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Spokesperson

PARIS — Adam Levine, frontman and cofounder of Maroon 5, has a new gig: global spokesperson for L’Oréal Paris Men Expert. He will front its Hydra Energetic line, which is the largest franchise in the world’s best-selling, mass-market skin-care brand for guys.
“To be the voice of this campaign is a great way to motivate men through the simple move of taking good care of the faces we’re given,” said Levine, in a statement. He explained the daily act of caring for oneself is important to him.
L’Oréal Paris global brand president Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou explained the choice of spokesperson. “Adam Levine is one of the greatest musical artists in the world, an icon that reaches all generations as the lead signer of Maroon 5,” he said. “The unlimited energy he brings to his performances and life makes him a powerful spokesperson that embodies our vision of the modern Men Expert man.”
Levine has had numerous multiplatinum albums and three Grammy Awards.
He is also an actor and mentor, serving as a coach on “The Voice” in the U.S., which is now in its 15th season. Levine works to heighten awareness for causes, such as LGBT rights, marriage equality, climate action and men’s cancer.
That’s in sync

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Dr. Dennis Gross Rolls Out Most Powerful Line Yet

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare is adding a new category.
The dermatologist-founded, skin-care brand is launching Clinical Grade, a line of products geared toward individuals who want to take their skin-care regimen to the next level. Combining Dr. Gross’ expertise as both a chemist and practicing dermatologist, Clinical Grade is expected to be the brand’s most powerful line yet. Offerings will roll out throughout the year, starting with the IPL Dark Spot Correcting Serum, $92, out now at Sephora.
“Skin care in general is occupying a larger place in the consumer’s arsenal, much more so than makeup,” said Dennis Gross. “People understand that makeup is covering up the problem, and people seeing their problems are getting worse are finding makeup to be less satisfactory.”
“The Clinical Grade category is definitely a big brand statement as to what we’re looking to accomplish as a brand,” said Carrie Gross, chief executive officer and wife of Dr. Gross. “Dennis has always had a position that all of our products work beautifully together, they don’t throw your skin off balance, they’re gentle. We’re not using the word gentle when it comes to Clinical Grade. We’re using the word powerful. We feel this is the next best thing to

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Hardy Amies fashion house falls into administration

By Mattha Busby

Former dressmaker to the Queen calls in administrators for second time in a decade

The luxury fashion house Hardy Amies has collapsed into administration for the second time in just over a decade.

Founded 73 years ago on Savile Row in London by a former dressmaker to the Queen, the renowned men’s tailor has called in administrators who are seeking buyers for the brand’s UK operations and intellectual property rights.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jan/09/hardy-amies-fashion-house-falls-into-administration

      

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Post-#MeToo have the likes of Kevin Hart and Aziz Ansari learned from their mistakes?

By Hadley Freeman

Can we expect a new era of equality? Not if the first public utterances by some of the early offenders are anything to go by

New year, new start! After all the exciting social upheavals last year such as #MeToo, it’s all change now, right? Diana, by email

Oh, Diana. Your optimism is beautiful, shining like a beacon in the apocalyptic wasteland of cynicism in which we now find ourselves. Sadly, snuff it out I must. It was all terribly exciting this time last year, as we watched powerful people being called out for behaviours that had always been wrong but – for reasons no one can explain now – they had been able to get away with until literally last year. Sexism, racism, harassment and even flat-out rape: they were all denounced, as previously marginalised, or at least less powerful, people finally took a stand against powerful men, and – more importantly – they were believed. Even if we didn’t win all the fights, even if Brett “I didn’t write: ‘Sexually assault someone’ on my calendar; case closed!” Kavanaugh is, incredibly, on the supreme court, despite Christine Blasey-Ford’s powerful testimony that he assaulted her as a teenager, it still felt like a watershed had been reached. Truly, we thought, men had learned their lesson. Oh, brave new dawn of sexual equality!

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/09/post-metoo-have-the-likes-of-kevin-hart-and-aziz-ansari-learned-from-their-mistakes

      

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Why Colette is queen of the influencers

By Lauren Cochrane

A new biopic of Colette starring Keira Knightley explores the enduring appeal of the French novelist, polymath and style legend

Open Colette’s Wikipedia entry and – just as with one of her novels – you’re hooked right away. “She was a French author and woman of letters, also known as a mime, actress and journalist, nominated for the Nobel prize in literature in 1948.” She wrote more than 30 novels and was called “the greatest living French writer of fiction” by the New York Times, just before her death in 1954.

That’s not to mention her status as the ultimate cat lover. Thanks to Colette, feline fans on Instagram have an almost endless supply of quotes for captions (“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet” is a personal favourite). The other accolade missing from that impressive CV? Style icon.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/jan/09/colette-film-author-french-keira-knightley

      

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All wrapped up: how men’s neckwear got emotional

By Morwenna Ferrier

From neckties in bold colours to cosy, oversized blankets, winter is always scarf season. But what are men giving away by the way they wear them?

Last week, during a particularly tense moment in an equally tense match between Manchester City and Liverpool, the City manager, Pep Guardiola, threw his snood on the ground in a tantrum.

There was no need (City won), but when viewed alongside Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, a manager who tends to wear his own snood-like “gaiter” wrapped around his face throughout an entire match, it suggested there is more to the snood-gaiter-whatever than meets the eye. It is not simply there to keep us warm: it is a tool, a shield, and a glaring example of how accessories can be weaponised without the wearer losing face.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/jan/09/all-wrapped-up-how-mens-neckwear-got-emotional

      

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Sephora Taps Brand Builder Jean-André Rougeot to Drive Growth in the Americas

As chief executive officer of Benefit Cosmetics, Jean-André Rougeot helped propel the brand from a hero-product-based business to a full-fledged line with over $1.5 billion in sales. Now the newly appointed ceo of Sephora Americas will need to tap into those considerable brand-building skills — not to mention his knowledge of the competitive retail landscape — to steer Sephora through a critical moment in its development.
That was the consensus of beauty insiders after learning of Rougeot’s appointment on Tuesday. Though the executive himself is largely unknown to many of the brands that he will work with in his new role, his skills as a brand builder are widely recognized.
“I don’t personally know him, but from afar, I have a lot of respect for what he’s done with Benefit,” said Jill Scalamandre, president of Bare Minerals and Shiseido’s global makeup line. “He transformed an item-based brand into a cohesive color brand that ranks number six and is exceeding market growth. It’s great that he is a brand builder, because at the end of the day, he’s going to build his brand — Sephora — as well as our brands.”
Indie brand founders agreed. “Jean-André is a brilliant brand builder,” said Vicky Tsai,

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Ryan Reynolds Takes Leading Role for Armani Code

PARIS — Armani Code has a new frontman — Ryan Reynolds.
The Canadian actor and producer brings to the brand a new face, which could help expand Armani Code’s consumer base and bolster sales. Launched in 2004, the men’s fragrance franchise ranked seventh worldwide and fifth in the U.S. for full-year 2017.
“With his status of modern male figure of self-fulfillment, Ryan Reynolds perfectly embodies the modern sensuality of the Armani Code man: someone with charisma, authenticity, an effortless style and the right dose of irony,” Giorgio Armani said in a statement.
Reynolds starred in and produced “Deadpool,” twice nominated for a Golden Globe, and has starred in films such as “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Life,” “Safe House” and “Buried.”
For Armani, he will first feature in the campaign for Armani Code Absolu, the fourth addition to the franchise that’s due out in February. Reed Morano, who won an Emmy Award for “The Handmaid’s Tale” series, lensed the film campaign, while Matthew Brookes shot the print images.
“Our historical client is very loyal to Code,” Véronique Gautier, global president of Giorgio Armani Fragrances and Beauty at L’Oréal, the brand’s licensee, told WWD. She called Code the archetype of sensuality.
Fifteen years after the original Code scent was

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EXCLUSIVE: Jean-André Rougeot Named CEO of Sephora Americas

Jean-André Rougeot has been named chief executive officer of Sephora Americas, nabbing one of beauty’s most high-profile positions.
Rougeot, the ceo of Benefit Cosmetics for 12 years, will take the helm Feb. 4 and report to Sephora’s global president and ceo Christopher de Lapuente. He succeeds Calvin McDonald, who left Sephora in July to become chief of Lululemon Athletica. Sephora and Benefit are owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
Rougeot’s appointment comes at a time when Sephora is looking to solidify its position as the top beauty specialty retailer in the U.S. amid an increasingly competitive landscape. The NPD Group reports that sales in the prestige market overall were up 8 percent for the period between December 2017 and November 2018, but color cosmetics, a key category for Sephora, showed signs of softening throughout the year, with growth slowing to single digits. Meanwhile, competitors like Ulta Beauty are surging, and emerging concepts, like Beautycon, are expanding.
Rougeot is no stranger to exponential growth. During his tenure, Benefit’s sales are said to have exploded past the $1.5 billion mark, and the brand has expanded globally (in close alliance with Sephora), with more than half of its sales coming from outside the U.S. Under

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LFWM: Art School's afterparty – in pictures

By Sarah Lee for the Guardian

Tom Barratt and Eden Loweth’s first stand-alone Art School catwalk show opened London fashion week men’s at the weekend, celebrating the non-binary form with models cast to ‘push forward notions of otherness’. These images are from the afterparty, which was attended by models and friends

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2019/jan/08/lfwm-art-school-afterparty-london-fashion-week-men-in-pictures

      

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Avon to Sell China Manufacturing Business for $44 Million

Avon Products Inc. plans to sell its China manufacturing business to The Face Shop Co. Ltd.
Under the terms of the deal, Face Shop, an LG Household & Health Care Ltd. subsidiary, will acquire all shares of Avon’s beauty manufacturing operations in Guangzhou, China. Avon expects $44 million in proceeds from the deal.
The two parties have an agreement that the facility will continue to manufacture products for Avon, while also handling manufacturing for Face Shop.
“This transaction is a significant step forward in our efforts to ‘Open Up Avon’ by operating more efficiently, with a leaner, more agile global infrastructure,” Avon chief executive officer Jan Zijderveld said in a statement. “This agreement provides us with greater operational and financial flexibility, while allowing us to benefit from the local knowledge, world-class products, R&D expertise and infrastructure of internationally recognized partners such as LA H&H. By operating with a local structure that fits our purpose, we will be better positioned to capture the significant opportunity in China and the wider Asian market.”
This is one of many moves Zijderveld has made since he joined Avon from Unilever in 2018. He’s hired a slew of new executives, many with regional market expertise, and has worked to

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Walgreens and Birchbox Show Off Their New Collaboration

Walgreens and Birchbox debuted their highly anticipated partnership on Thursday, including three stores in New York. The other markets where the total of 11 pilot stores will operate include Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami and Minneapolis.
To build upon Walgreens’ efforts to elevate the beauty experience, the retailer took a minority stake in Birchbox last October. “Through Birchbox, we’re able to bring in the best items of the best brands,” said Lauren Brindley, group vice president of beauty and personal care at Walgreens. “And this is a scalable model,” she said noting that based on feedback from the initial stores the concept can be rolled out to more doors. For Birchbox, teaming with Walgreens exposes Birchbox’s subscription model to even more consumers.
Birchbox shops are located in 400- to 1,000-square-foot within the Walgreens beauty area. The centerpiece of the area is a Build Your Own Birchbox — also a feature in Birchbox’s own two stores — where shoppers can handpick five samples.
“We’ve really tried to make it comfortable and encourage women to spend more time with beauty,” said Birchbox chief executive officer Katia Beauchamp during a tour of the boutique with displays that look more like furniture than drugstore fare. In particular, Birchbox and Walgreens

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Dr. Brandt Foundation Kicks Off Speakers Series at Art Basel

As part of ongoing efforts to celebrate the passions of the late Dr. Fredric Brandt, the foundation named for him kicks off the #sayiloveyou Speakers Series at Art Basel in Miami today.
“We felt like it was the perfect time to really build awareness about the foundation and our mission during a time that so many of our own community is out and the international community are in Miami. Art is connecting all of us together, and what a better time to do that then during Art Basel,” said Stéphane Colleu, chief executive officer and president of Dr. Brandt.
The nonprofit organization created the speaker series as a celebration of music, art, interactive activations and storytelling. The inaugural series features artist Dominic “The Shoe Surgeon” Ciambrone; moderator Corey Stokes, fashion editor at large of HighSnobiety.com, and Dr. Ana E. Campo, professor of clinical psychiatry, Miller School of Medicine at University of Miami. The #sayiloveyou Speakers Series is the latest initiative from the Dr. Brandt Foundation, an organization that uses art and community as a platform to spread awareness for mental health issues through collaborative partnerships. The goal of the series is to break down mental health stigmas by drawing in the community and

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How to wear: the Strictly Come Dancing dress code

By Jess Cartner-Morley

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman wear grownup party clothes: block colour jumpsuits or little black dresses, long dresses with splits or boxy minis

I don’t really see the point in going out on a Saturday night between October and Christmas. What could you possibly do, where could you possibly go – crucially, what could you possibly wear – that would be more glamorous than Strictly? Camaraderie, dancefloor elation, gossip, the full Saturday night package, is delivered to you at home so you don’t have to move. Bliss.

In the unlikely event that I do leave the house on a Strictly Saturday, I take the dress code with me. Not the maribou-edged nudity of the dancefloor, obviously. Instead, the dress code that applies to presenters Tess and Claudia. Every week, those two wear the grownup party clothes: block colour jumpsuits or little black dresses, long dresses with splits or boxy minis. In the Strictly narrative, the dancing couples are all hormones and tears, babbling a mile a minute about how tonight is the most amazing thing that has happened to them like alcopop-fuelled teenagers. Tess and Claudia bring a little grownup perspective, with (respectively) a steadying arm around the shoulder and a dose of wry humour. While everyone around them couples up in Strictly’s weekly parade of state-licensed infidelity, Tess and Claudia are each other’s constant wingmen.

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Via:: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/dec/07/how-to-wear-strictly-come-dancing-tess-daly-claudia-winkleman-jess-cartner-morley

      

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