Today’s Fashion Headlines: Friday, April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News


Michael Kors Makes Mark On Beauty

Working with his beauty and fragrance licensee, the Aramis and Designer Fragrances division of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc, Michael Kors channeled those thoughts into three distinct collections — Sporty, Sexy and Glam. Each emotion has a fragrance, along with key color products — two $24 Lip Lacquer shades, two $24 Lip Luster gloss products and two $18 nail polishes apiece. Colors range from Diva Lip Lacquer and Hint Nail Lacquer, both nude-taupes in the Sporty range, to Sexy’s blue-red Bombshell Lip Lacquer and scarlet Sensation Nail Lacquer, to Glam’s edgy plum Icon Lip Luster and dark violet Envy Nail Lacquer. Three $50 Bronze Powders — Glow, intended to add light to skin; Flush, a shimmery tan, and Beam, a deep coppery glow — will also be offered, along with a $45 Bronze Powder Brush. Sun and body products include Indulgent Body Creme, $60 for 5.9 oz.; Liquid Shimmer Dry Oil, $60 for 3.2 oz., and Shimmer Bath Beads, $45 for 3.2 oz. The collection is rounded out by three sun basics: Liquid Self Tanner, $32 for 5 oz.; After Sun Gelee, $32 for 5 oz., and After Sun Lip Balm, $28 for 0.12 oz.. The balm is a nod to the Eighties zinc oxide sunscreen look, imparting a hint of white on the lips.

Sporty Citrus opens with orange and mandarin notes. Its heart is of orange flower, with a drydown of moss notes. Sexy Amber has amber in all three accords, wrapped in white floral and creamy sandalwood notes. Glam Jasmine, the white floral offering, has several forms of jasmine — including jasmine sambac and jasmine petal — with cassis on top and a background of sandalwood. Loren worked with Kors and Firmenich’s Harry Fremont on the Amber and Glam scents, and with Firmenich’s Honorine Blanc on the Sporty scent. The scents retail for $50 each for 1 oz.; $75 apiece for 1.7 oz., and $95 for 3.4 oz.

“It’s wardrobing in the beauty world the way I do in clothing and accessories,” Kors said.

In the U.S., Macy’s has a one-year exclusive on the project, which will also be sold in Canada in about 300 The Bay stores and globally in Michael Kors retail stores. In the U.S., the collection will be sold in 660 Macy’s stores, although not all will get all products. Twelve will be flagships, with all products and a larger-than-normal footprint with custom-designed fixtures, said Carol Russo, senior vice president and general manager, North America, for Aramis and Designer Fragrances and BeautyBank. Another 207 will have the full collection except for the sun products, and 440 will carry the body and fragrance sku’s only.

Issa London Collection For Banana Republic

The London-based brand is about to raise its profile again with a collaboration with Banana Republic to produce a 40-piece collection launching on Aug. 6. The line will be carried at more than 450 Banana units in the U.S. and about 700 stores globally as well as online. Issa’s designer Daniella Helayel, who launched the brand in 2003, was inspired by Banana Republic’s safari heritage.

‘“We always love animal prints such as zebra and giraffe stripes,” said Simon Kneen, Banana Republic’s creative director and executive vice president of design. “Issa took that and modernized it. I love that the collection is our world and their world.”

Banana Republic Issa London features kimono, wrap-tie and pleated dresses in a variety of prints and solids. African-inspired accessories include gold nugget and cord necklaces, envelope clutches and patterned scarves. Prices range from $39 to $150. Kneen said an advertising campaign targeting print and radio will herald the collection’s arrival.

Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price To Open Salons

Twenty years after founding her beauty-product company, Price is partnering with Georgia-based entrepreneur Robin D. Groover on the space, dubbed Mirror: The Hair Salon at Carol’s Daughter. The salon, located inside Carol’s Daughter’s Manhattan flagship in Harlem, is set for a grand opening Monday. A second salon installation is planned for Carol’s Daughter’s Atlanta store in May.

The focus for the salons: healthy hair, particularly natural solutions to relaxing hair for all ethnicities. And Groover, who is both a salon owner and chief executive officer of Groove Therapy Healthy Hair Care Systems, has long been a proponent of natural alternatives to chemical-based relaxers. She pioneered the Ceramic Fusion Styling Technique, which after shampooing involves a cocktail of conditioners, followed by steaming the products into clients’ hair. Hair is then finished with a ceramic flatiron.

Half of the nearly 2,000 square feet of the Harlem store is now dedicated to the salon, which features three shampoo sinks with mirrors mounted above them, so clients can see exactly how to use the products and ask questions, and three additional smaller sinks are designed to allow customers to experience products on their hands first.

After a consultation with each client which includes a scalp analysis, density evaluation, porosity test and elasticity test, stylists use a clarifying shampoo, then create a personalized cocktail of conditioners based on the test results. Four styling stations are devoted to blowouts, which start at $65, and other styling offerings, such as twists and curls, which start at $85. Cuts start at $35, color at $45.

Along with the salon, Price will launch a new product, Monoi Anti-Breakage Spray, in July. The $24 product includes the brand’s signature Monoi Oil, which combines Tiare gardenias and cold-pressed Coprah coconut oil, and is designed to detangle, protect and strengthen hair.

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