Friday, June 15, 2007

It's a Beauty FULL Day

Kérastase, the sequel. Garnier did it. So did Frédéric Fekkai and Herbal Essences. So what's the big it? Hair product giants tackling the multi-billion dollar skin care industry. The latest entry in the field is L'Oréal-owned Kérastase. Launching in December, the division will be named Kéraskin Esthetics, and will roll out first in Europe, landing stateside in 2008. "It's an historic step for our division," said Jean-Jacques Lebel, VP and general manager of L'Oréal's Professional Products Division. "The luxury hair salon business has changed. Customers want a total service, not just a haircut." According to WWD, "Kéraskin's lineup includes 34 facial care products created in single-dose packaging for use by L'Oréal-trained professional beauticians — or 'Kérafacialists'— in luxury hair salons. In addition, a 17-unit line of premixed monodose products will be available for customers to buy. The items contain lower levels of the active ingredients used in the salon version of the line. While the exact lineup is yet to be revealed, products will include Resculpting Mature Skin Cream, Mattifying Immersion Fluid, Waterproof Make-Up Remover, Post-Floral Peeling Balm and Mineralizing Toner."
Smells like Prada and Gucci. Luxe Italian powerhouses, Prada & Gucci both have new fragrances launching this fall that pay homage to the brands' traditions: Gucci's new scent, Gucci by Gucci, the first by creative director Frida Giannini, is set to launch in October, and was previewed this past Wednesday by editors at Trump World Tower. "The Gucci by Gucci flacon—a vintage, faceted brown glass bottle—is designed to capture the rich spirit of the house’s traditions. Modernized by sleek, powerful lines and an elusive profile, the brand’s hallmark is remembered in the form of its jewelry: an iconic, golden horse bit necklace that symbolizes femininity. The opulent, chocolate brown outer packaging, wrapped in ribbon inspired by the iconic Gucci webbing, exudes a preciousness echoing Giannini’s powerful yet feminine aesthetic. Once opened, the adored interlocking GG pattern is revealed, emblazoned in gold on the packaging interior, "reports The Daily. UPDATE: According to, a Gucci-The Fragrance-mini-movie is in the works (think Kidman/Chanel)...Come September, Prada is launching Infusion d'Iris, the house's 2nd women's scent, but first to boast Prada's logo. The vintage-inspired bottle was designed by Miuccia herself and features a metal plate stamped with the Prada logo. [WWD]
Extras. Sunken Trésor: Kate Winslet to face Lancôme's upcoming Trésor campaign...Marc Jacobs & candleman Harry Slatkin are both launching new home fragrance lines...Sexxxy Clive Owen tapped as the latest spokesman for Lancôme Men treatment line and Hypnôse Homme - steamy!