This Week’s Need-to-Know Beauty News
All the best beauty looks from Paris Couture Week, controversy at Nivea and Fenty, and more.
The Best in Beauty at Couture Week Fall 2019
The fashion world’s finest—plus one impeccably turned out Celine Dion, couture week’s unofficial newly crowned queen—braved a European heatwave this week to attend Fall 2019 Couture Week, and the beauty looks alone were worth sweating it out for. There was the bold: gravity-defying fanned out ’80s hair at Givenchy, glitter-encrusted upper eyelids at Valentino (where a radiant 75-year-old Lauren Hutton arguably stole the show) and full metallic ones at Ralph & Russo. There was the beautiful: exaggerated smoky eyes with bare eyelashes at Dior, and elongated cat eyes with defined brows, dewy skin and natural lips at Chanel. And there was the category defining: beaded bangs and glitter lips at Schiaparelli, eye jewellery at Iris van Herpen, and wholly masked faces at Agonovitch. All in all, it was a true feast for the eyes.
“We Don’t Do Gay”: Nivea Under Fire Following Homophobic Remarks
Global advertising agency FCB has dropped Nivea as a client, following homophobic comments made by representative from the brand on a call. Ad Age reports that the agency had pitched a photograph of two men touching hands to the skincare brand, to which a member of the Nivea team said, “we don’t do gay at Nivea.” While FCB did not supply a comment, they have officially parted ways with their longtime client, releasing an internal memo within the company. “There comes a point in every longterm relationship when you reflect on what you’ve accomplished together and set your sails for where your journey will take you next,” the memo stated, signed by FCB Global CEO Carter Murray. “Sometimes that journey ahead demands tough choices that lead down different paths.”
Rihanna and Fenty Sued for Ignoring Needs of Visually Impaired Customers
Another major beauty company has been forced to take a hard look in the mirror: Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly ignoring the needs of their visually impaired customers. Customer Beatriz Gutierrez has filed a suit for $15,000 in damages, as well as an injunction against the brand to immediately modify their website, claiming that “the company does not utilize industry standard screen-reading technology, which enables blind customers to interact with the site.”
Lancôme to Launch New Scent With Zendaya
The newest (and youngest) global ambassador to join the Lancôme team, actress Zendaya Coleman is now also the face of the brand’s newest scent. Idôle, the brand’s new fragrance for women, seems to be an attempt to connect with a new generation of customers, packaged in a bottle designed by architect and industrial designer Chafik Gasmi that doesn’t not look like an iPhone. “We are excited to be able to create a fragrance for a new generation of women questioning the status quo, breaking free from tradition and re-defining the meaning of success,” Lancôme Global Brand President Françoise Lehmann said in a statement. “Idôle is a strategic launch for Lancôme and we are delighted to present it with Zendaya to the world.”