Today’s Fashion Headlines: December 13, 2012

Tommy Hilfiger Snags Wilts

An update from earlier December news, the world hasn’t seen the last of German native Ingo Wilts. Only days after resigning as creative director at Elie Tahari, Ingo Wilts has been announced to join the Tommy Hilfiger team as their menswear creative director. Wilts worked at Tahari for six months before making the move. He will being his new position on January 14th and report to Hans Dietvorst, senior vice president of menwear. His duty: to oversee men’s sportswear.

Before landing the gig, Wilts was a senior vice president and creative director of Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. And at Hugo Boss and its Boss Black, Boss Selection and Boss Green divisions, designing women’s and men’s wear and accessories for nine years. Hilfiger will certainly be a refreshing new start to a wonderful career.

Lips and Nail Drive Holiday Beauty Sales

National Purchase Diary, a North American market research company has reported that lip and nail beauty products are rising to the top as the most popular gifts this holiday. Lip products head the sales with liners, gloss, and applicators that have generated over $548 million in sales during the first 11 months of 2012, a 9% increase from the same time last year. This years most desirable brands include MAC Lipstick, Lancome L’Absolu Rouge, and Lauder Pure Color Lipstick. Following close behind, nail lacquers and nail care products have brought in $33 million this year, an unbelievable 49% increase.

So why are these items so popular? Customers get a lot of color for a cheaper price tag. Using lipstick and nail polish, customers can keep up with the latest color trends such as Emerald, PANTONE’s color of the year, without spending money on a brand new outfit. It offers the most bang for your buck and is the ideal addition to the gift list.

Bruce Weber for German Vogue

In more creative director news, American fashion photographer Bruce Weber is taking on the role of creative director for Vogue Germany’s January issue, “Sex & Sensibility.” An 84-page editorial covers the magazine and Weber has chosen “Downton Abbey” stars, Michelle Dockery, Rob-Jame Collier, Lesley Nicol and ELizabeth McGovern to star.

Also in the issue, a well dresses Kate Upton, New York sculptor Rachel Feinstein, and screen stars Jessica Chastain and Omar Sy. Weber will also have a spread in the magazine, photographed by Ralph Mecke and documentary film maker Alber Maysles, in the magazine’s monthly Vogue Talk.

As for the rest of the 220 page magazine, Weber has taken a cleaner, more graphic look with the help of his art director Sam Shahid.

Soucre & Photo: WWD

-Kendall Hill

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