Zara owner set to begin making hospital scrubs amid coronavirus crisis

Executives at Inditex, owner of Zara, are looking to begin making hospital scrubs in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.At present, Spain is one of the countries to be hit the hardest by the crisis, with over 17,000 confirmed cases and 767 deaths. Ac…

Executives at Inditex, owner of Zara, are looking to begin making hospital scrubs in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

At present, Spain is one of the countries to be hit the hardest by the crisis, with over 17,000 confirmed cases and 767 deaths.

Accordingly, bosses at the Arteixo-headquartered company are now contemplating how textile manufacturing plants could be altered so they can start making hospital scrubs, gowns, and masks to help support the government and local health authorities.

Leaders have already donated 3,000 masks to hospitals, with a further 10,000 more due to be dispersed by the end of the week.

“We are working to bring the materials the Spanish health authorities have indicated they need most urgently: masks, gloves, protective glasses, caps, shoe covers and face shields. Inditex will lend logistical support in transporting the materials the Spanish government acquires directly from China,” a spokesperson commented, according to WWD.

On Wednesday, Inditex leaders confirmed over 3,780 stores, around half of all global locations, would be temporarily closed. They didn’t share the exact boutiques affected, but it would appear the majority are in Spain, Italy, and France, which are currently on lockdown.

Meanwhile, bosses at cosmetics giant L’Oreal have also launched a programme to aid consumers across Europe, and are increasing production of hand santiser for hospitals and pharmacies, as well as donating hygiene kits to social workers, volunteers, and beneficiaries.

“In this unprecedented crisis, it is our responsibility to contribute to the collective effort in every way possible,” said Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and chief executive officer of L’Oreal. “Through these actions, L’Oreal expresses our recognition, our support and our solidarity towards those who are demonstrating extraordinary courage and selflessness in their efforts to combat this pandemic.”

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Doutzen Kroes uses acupuncture to ‘plump and lift’ her face

Doutzen Kroes uses acupuncture to combat signs of ageing on her face.The Dutch supermodel is one of the most in-demand names in the fashion industry, having scored major gigs with the likes of L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret. Yet, Doutzen has noticed c…

Doutzen Kroes uses acupuncture to combat signs of ageing on her face.

The Dutch supermodel is one of the most in-demand names in the fashion industry, having scored major gigs with the likes of L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret.

Yet, Doutzen has noticed changes to the texture of her skin in recent years, with her right eye now appearing smaller than her left – but instead of trying Botox or fillers, she is opting for regular “facial rejuvenation acupuncture” sessions.

Noting that her acupuncturist Cas Rooseboom promised her that her face will “look a little more plump” after 10 sessions, the 35-year-old explained in a video for her YouTube channel, “(My face) will have a little bit of a lift. Like, how I would like to be my face is just a little bit more (lifted). It’s not a big difference, but I just feel like my face since a few years has… I don’t know how to explain it… It’s just falling apart.”

Doutzen went on to show how Cas inserts acupuncture needles into her face, hands, and feet, with the theory being that the process will mean “there will be collagen pushed into my face”.

And while the mother-of-two emphasised that ageing is normal, she is determined to do all she can to keep wrinkles and fine lines at bay for as long as possible.

“Because I’m working in the fashion industry people look at me more up close and are maybe looking at ageing a different way. I feel like I’m dealing with insecurities as well when I come to set, and I haven’t seen someone for 10 years and, obviously, I look different now than I did 10 years ago. I like to think that I don’t care about it, but I do,” she shared. “I do care, and I do everything I can to slow down the ageing process. I do facials, I choose very carefully what I put into my body, I have a very active lifestyle, and recently, I discovered acupuncture.”

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Prada inks beauty deal with L’Oreal

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the…

Executives at Prada and L’Oreal have signed a long-term beauty deal.

On Thursday, representatives for the Italian fashion house and French cosmetics giant announced that they had agreed to pool their expertise for the new venture, which will include the creation, development, and distribution of luxury beauty products for the Prada brand.

“L’Oreal is the leading global beauty company,” said Prada chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli. “Its position and experience makes it the ideal partner for Prada to develop its full potential across a variety of new projects, leverage Prada’s well-established fragrance identity and reach even more audiences around the world.”

Prada has long been involved in the fragrance industry, with its La Femme Prada and Candy scents proving to be favourites with consumers.

However, leaders at the label, headed by fashion designer Miuccia Prada, have yet to explore the make-up and cosmetics categories.

In light of the deal, Cyril Chapuy, president of L’Oreal Luxe, noted that he was thrilled to be working with the team at Prada.

“We are very pleased to have signed this licence agreement with Prada. Prada is one of the most respected players in the global luxury industry,” he commented. “A symbol of excellence and avant-garde, the Prada brand’s unique and unconventional philosophy appeals to consumers around the world. This licence will give L’Oreal Luxe the ideal complement to its portfolio of iconic brands.”

The agreement will come into effect on 1 January 2021.

Earlier this year, bosses at L’Oreal also announced plans to expand their fragrance offerings by acquiring the Mugler and Azzaro brands from Clarins Group.

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John Galliano renews Maison Margiela contract

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats…

John Galliano will continue to serve as the creative director of fashion house Maison Margiela.

The designer joined the Paris-based brand in October 2014 and has since gone on to build up a reputation for his avant-garde garments and deconstructed coats.

Now, Galliano has confirmed he will be extending his contract with the label.

“I am super excited for this new chapter and grateful to Renzo (Rosso) for his belief in me and the vision for Maison Margiela,” he said in a statement.

While Renzo Rosso, president of Maison Margiela’s parent company, OTB group, added that he was impressed with the way Galliano had been steering the brand and believed it is now “the coolest cutting-edge couture house”.

“Five years ago, I believed that John was the only person who could take this house in his hands, and I am even more convinced of this today. John’s undisputed talent is only matched by his understanding of today’s generations, their way of thinking, their struggles, their dreams. And he is doing exactly what this Maison always did at its best – disrupt, innovate and inspire,” the executive praised.

Rosso added that Galliano has doubled the revenues at Maison Margiela since his arrival.

In particular, the 58-year-old has found success with his bag and sneakers, with the accessories business now equating to 60 per cent of total sales. And he is looking forward to seeing how new fragrance Mutiny, developed in conjunction with licensing partner L’Oreal, does in the coming months.

Previously, Galliano worked in senior roles at Givenchy, Christian Dior, and his own namesake label. But in 2011, he was dismissed from Dior after he was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks and sentenced to pay a total of $6,700 (£5,100) in suspended fines. Designer Bill Gaytten replaced him as creative director at the Galliano label.

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Helen Mirren takes issue with the word ‘beauty’

Helen Mirren has an issue with the word “beauty”, and wants a new word for people to use as a compliment.The 73-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, said in a recent interview that she wants others to focus on achievements …

Helen Mirren has an issue with the word “beauty”, and wants a new word for people to use as a compliment.

The 73-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is an ambassador for L’Oreal, said in a recent interview that she wants others to focus on achievements – rather than looks – when giving out praise.

“Sometimes I clean up nice with a lot of help… So I want a new word instead of ‘beautiful,'” Mirren said during an appearance on British show This Morning. “I think ‘being’ is a good word. My ‘being’ tip is really to be curious and interested in other people and not think too much about yourself. Give your attention to other people and that has a way of making you, if you like, more beautiful in many ways.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Mirren confessed she sometimes cuts her own hair with the kitchen scissors, even before red carpet events.

“I do often cut my own hair,” Mirren shared. “I said to my brilliant hair guy here, Stefan, ‘The cut I have right now, Stefan, is something that I did with the kitchen scissors about a week ago in my kitchen. So you know, maybe you could clean it up a bit for me?’ So yes, I do cut my own hair.”

The British actress, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s The Queen, previously revealed she hated going to the hair salon every six weeks, so took matters into her own hands.

“I only go about once a year,” she told Redbook magazine in 2014. “In between, I get out the scissors and do something, usually rather disastrously.”

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L’Oreal in talks to buy Mugler and Azzaro fragrance brands

L’Oreal executives are in talks to buy the Mugler and Azzaro brands from Clarins Group.On Tuesday, bosses from the French cosmetics giant announced they had entered into exclusive negotiations with leaders from Clarins with a view to acquiring both com…

L’Oreal executives are in talks to buy the Mugler and Azzaro brands from Clarins Group.

On Tuesday, bosses from the French cosmetics giant announced they had entered into exclusive negotiations with leaders from Clarins with a view to acquiring both companies.

“The perfume category is at the heart of our global strategy for growth at L’Oreal Luxe,” Cyril Chapuy, president of L’Oreal Luxe, said in a statement. “In this context, we would be thrilled to welcome Mugler and Azzaro: these signatures, with a long history in fashion and olfaction, would perfectly complete our portfolio of brands.”

At present, the Clarins Group develops both the Mugler and Azzaro houses globally. The deal remains some time from completion, as the acquisition will be subject to consultation with employee representatives and the approval of the regulatory authorities, though Chapuy noted that it should be completed by the end of the year. L’Oreal did not disclose any financial details.

French fashion designer Thierry Mugler first approached Clarins about making a perfume in the early 1990s, with Angel launching in 1992.

The scent contains a combination of praline and chocolate mixed with a strong accord of patchouli and has since led to the creation of many other versions, while Mugler unveiled his second major fragrance, Alien, in 2005, and his third pillar scent, Aura, in 2017.

While late designer and perfumer Loris Azzaro, who founded his namesake company in 1967, is known for Azzaro pour Homme, which was launched in 1978 and designed to appeal for women.

Azzaro is also known for Chrome, a woody fragrance characterised by an aquatic freshness, and 2016’s Azzaro Wanted, a woody spicy hesperidia scent with captivatingly elegant lingering notes.

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Dua Lipa appointed Yves Saint Laurent Beaute brand ambassador

Dua Lipa has been tapped as Yves Saint Laurent Beaute’s latest brand ambassador.The British singer-songwriter is no stranger to modelling, having previously joined forces with Adidas, Foot Locker, and Pepe Jeans. Now, Dua is gearing up to make a spla…

Dua Lipa has been tapped as Yves Saint Laurent Beaute’s latest brand ambassador.

The British singer-songwriter is no stranger to modelling, having previously joined forces with Adidas, Foot Locker, and Pepe Jeans.

Now, Dua is gearing up to make a splash in the beauty world after she was named the new face of the L’Oreal-owned cosmetics company and the star of the marketing imagery for an upcoming fragrance launch.

“The hardest secret to keep! So proud and excited to finally tell you all that I am the face of the new feminine fragrance by YSL. Thank you to the incredible @yslbeauty team for making me feel so at home,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “(And) for allowing me to play a small role in helping choose the final scent and for making my dreams come true on working with a brand I love so much.”

Dua also shared a snap from the campaign, which was shot by filmmaker Nabil Elderkin, with the photo showing her posing in a sharp black suit with a beautiful sunset in the background.

Little is known about the perfume the New Rules hitmaker is to promote, apart from that it will be released later in the year.

Regarding Dua’s appointment, a Yves Saint Laurent Beaute spokesperson described her as the “voice of her generation”.

“Dua Lipa embodies the values of independence and freedom, which have always been part of Yves Saint Laurent’s DNA,” said Stephan Bezy, international general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beaute. “It is a great honour to collaborate with such a young and talented artist for our new feminine fragrance.”

The 23-year-old follows in the footsteps of Cara Delevingne and Jessica Chastain in headlining a fragrance campaign for the French luxury brand.

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David Beckham signs 10-year sunglasses deal

David Beckham has announced a 10-year partnership with sunglasses firm Safilo. The former soccer star will lend his name to the brand, and the first David Beckham eyewear collection, which will also feature prescription sunglasses, is set to launch in…

David Beckham has announced a 10-year partnership with sunglasses firm Safilo.

The former soccer star will lend his name to the brand, and the first David Beckham eyewear collection, which will also feature prescription sunglasses, is set to launch in January 2020.

The 44-year-old is adding another string to his fashion bow, after his recent split from partners, XIX Entertainment.

“Safilo has a long history of creating high quality eyewear brands,” David said in a statement. “I wear sunglasses all the time and this is a category that I love. So, it’s important to me to work with a partner who cares as much about the design and craftsmanship of the product as I do.

“I’m really enjoying the process of creating a collection with the Safilo team – and I can’t wait to launch it next year.”

The former England soccer captain and father-of-four is part-owner and the face of the contemporary men’s brand Kent & Curwen, and last year, set up a men’s grooming brand called House 99 with L’Oreal.

Angelo Trocchia, chief executive of Safilo Group, said it was an honour to welcome “one of the most famous and successful players in the world” to the brand.

The license with Safilo will use the “extraordinary power” of David’s fame “to further strengthen the presence of Safilo in the digital universe”.

The firm also produces and distributes eyewear under license for brands including Fendi, Dior, Givenchy, Moschino and Max Mara, as well as house brands, such as Smith, Carrera and Polaroid.

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Freida Pinto confident L’Oreal lightened her skin in campaign

Indian actress Freida Pinto is adamant L’Oreal officials lightened her skin in a 2011 advertising campaign. The Slumdog Millionaire star became the face of the cosmetics giant in 2009, and modelled their make-up, skincare and haircare products in a nu…

Indian actress Freida Pinto is adamant L’Oreal officials lightened her skin in a 2011 advertising campaign.

The Slumdog Millionaire star became the face of the cosmetics giant in 2009, and modelled their make-up, skincare and haircare products in a number of advertising campaigns during her seven-year contract.

In 2011, L’Oreal bosses came under fire after Freida’s skin appeared to be a lighter shade in promotional photos for their Project Runway-inspired Colors Take Flight limited-edition collection. L’Oreal issued a statement at the time denying the accusations, but Freida has now opened up about the controversy and said she believes that they did indeed lighten her skin.

“I’m sure they did, because that’s not the colour of my skin you saw in a few of the campaigns,” she told Britain’s The Guardian.

The 34-year-old explained that she told her agent she wanted to see all pictures to give her approval before they were released and even insisted on having a clause written into her contract.

“(I said) I would like to be able to question them on colour correction,” she continued. “All the brands, including L’Oreal, have a skin-lightening range that they sell in India and I made them put it in my contract that I would not touch that with a barge pole. If you don’t put it in your contract before you sign on… you (can) be compelled to do it.”

The actress added that she complained about the skin lightening controversy and it never happened again. However, she also said she was “grateful to L’Oreal forever” because her lucrative deal helped keep her “afloat” when she was struggling with her acting career.

L’Oreal bosses issued a denial back in 2011 in which they insisted the imagery had “not been altered in any way” and blamed the powerful studio lights for making her skin appear lighter.

“There has been no whitening retouching process whatsoever on Freida Pinto’s face. Freida Pinto has been a spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris brand since 2009. We highly value our relationship with Ms. Pinto,” they said at the time.

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Hailey Baldwin takes any opportunity to go make-up free

Hailey Baldwin tries to avoid wearing make-up whenever she can. The supermodel has previously fronted campaigns for beauty brands such as L’Oreal Professionnel, and earlier this year (18) was announced as the newest global ambassador for bareMinerals….

Hailey Baldwin tries to avoid wearing make-up whenever she can. 

The supermodel has previously fronted campaigns for beauty brands such as L’Oreal Professionnel, and earlier this year (18) was announced as the newest global ambassador for bareMinerals.

But seeing as Hailey spends much of her time being made up for catwalk shows and red carpet events, she’s grateful when she has the opportunity to embrace her natural look.

“Most of the time I don’t wear any,” she explained in an interview with Elle U.K. “I get it done professionally so often that if I don’t have to be wearing it, I don’t want to be wearing it.”

If she feels she does need a little pick-me-up, the 22-year-old wears, “Just a little concealer, some bareMinerals Mineral Veil, maybe a little cheek and mascara, which takes five minutes or less.”

However, Hailey is anything but reserved when she is experimenting with different looks, and has previously flaunted bold trends like a navy blue lip at the 2018 Brit Awards, and pastel pink hair at this year’s Met Gala. Yet, if one feature is going to stand out, the fashion icon makes sure everything else is pared back.

“The hair was a big statement for the Met, so I asked (make-up artist Denika Bedrossian) to just complement that – to bring out my eyes, to pick up the pink from the hair. Everything was very ethereal and glowy,” she reflected. “I decided kind of last minute on (the navy lip), but knew I wanted everything to be really minimal on the skin and face. Since the dress was black and blue, so I asked if we could do a super dark lip, I wanted them as dark navy as possible, almost black.”

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