The Biggest Fashion and Beauty Brand Controversies of 2019 — So Far

So far, 2019 has had no shortage of brand controversies in the fashion and beauty worlds. The year started off with a number of gaffes from some of the biggest luxury fashion houses, in many cases resulting in public outcry, public apologies and, sometimes, changes in company policy. Some of the most notable fashion controversies of 2019 were Gucci’s infamous “blackface” balaclava and Burberry’s noose sweater. Kim Kardashian also came under fire for cultural appropriation when she revealed the name her first fashion line, a shapewear collection called Kimono. From the backlash against Related Cos. chairman Stephen Ross and his many companies to Jaclyn Hill’s beauty brand recall, here is a breakdown of all the fashion and beauty brand controversies of 2019, so far. Gucci accused of cultural appropriation, twice — February and May 2019 Gucci fall 2018  Aitor Rosas Su–Ž/WWD Gucci came under fire for cultural appropriation not once, but twice in 2019. The first incident was in February when the designer house released a balaclava-style sweater in its fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection and on its web site, which many claimed resembled blackface. The backlash was immediate on social media, including by Gucci collaborator Dapper Dan, who took to his Twitter account to express his disappointment

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Then and Now: A Look Back at the Kardashian-Jenner-West Fashion and Beauty Empire

In the last decade, the Kardashian-Jenner-West families have proven they’re a force to be reckoned with both in the entertainment arena where they began and in the fashion and beauty industries, where several have built empires that compete with some of the biggest brands in the market. The reality television family — Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Rob, Kendall, Kylie, Kylie, matriarch Kris, not to mention rapper Kanye West — has remained a fixture in the cultural lexicon since the early Aughts, and have leveraged that fame to create some of the most successful fashion and beauty brands of the decade. From their early, unsuccessful ventures to reaching $ 1 billion status, here WWD looks back at the evolution of the Kardashian-Jenner-West fashion and beauty empire. The Kardashian Threesome: Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Then: Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian in 2010.  Fairchild Archive/Penske Media/Shutterstock As their reality television career was taking off, the three eldest Kardashian sisters began working together to carve a place for themselves in the fashion and beauty worlds. Most notably, in 2006 the sisters created Dash, a boutique with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Southampton, where they had a summertime pop-up shop in 2014. The store was the inspiration behind the E Network’s

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Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Is Asia Bound

EASTWARD BOUND: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is poised to launch in Asia in September, according to the brand’s Instagram feed.
On Friday, it posted a photo of the pop star with text detailing the cosmetics brand’s eastern rollout. In Hong Kong and Macau it is to be carried in T Galleria, Sephora, Harvey Nichols, Beauty Bazaar and Beauty Avenue. In Seoul, the brand will be in travel-retail doors, such as Lotte Duty Free and Shinsegae Duty Free, while on Jeju Island, Fenty Beauty is to be found in Shilla Duty Free.

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When @badgalriri launched #FENTYBEAUTY in 2017, it was important to her to make sure it was available globally so everyone had access to it. We know we haven’t reached everyone, but we hear you, and we're committed to making sure everyone is included. That’s why we're bringing Fenty Beauty to Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul and Jeju in September! We will be available in Hong Kong & Macau at T Galleria by @dfsofficial, @sephorahk, @harveynicholshk, @beautybazaarhk, and @beautyavenuehk. In Seoul, you can find us in Duty Free locations at @lottedutyfree, @shinsegaedutyfree, and in Jeju at the @shilladfs_en. #newgenerationofbeauty
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How Fashion and Beauty Brands Are Giving Back for Pride Month 2019

As June marks Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, many fashion and beauty brands are coming out to support the LGBTQ+ community in impactful ways.
Several brands are showing their support by creating capsule collections full of rainbow-themed apparel and accessories, donating up to 100 percent of net proceeds to charities that benefit the LGBTQ+ community, including GLAAD, the Hetrick-Martin Institute and the United Nations Free & Equal campaign, among others.
Brands are also tapping famous figures to help spread awareness of LGBTQ+ rights, including H&M, which tapped actress and activist Laverne Cox to front its Love for All campaign, and Adidas, which partnered with a number of activists for its Love Unites campaign, including DJ Venus X and drag performer Flawless Shade.
Read on to see how 23 fashion and beauty brands are giving back for Pride Month 2019.
1. H&M 
H&M has tapped Laverne Cox to front its Love for All collection and accompanying campaign, “Stay True, Stay You.” The collection includes rainbow-laden unisex T-shirts, sweaters, shorts, pants, accessories and shoes and features phrases like “Every Body Is Free to Love,” “Free & Equal” and “Proud.” H&M will be donating 10 percent of proceeds from the collection to the

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How Beauty Brands Are Banking on Cannabis

Beauty’s obsession with CBD isn’t slowing down.
CBD — the shortened term for cannabidiol — has become one of the hottest ingredients in beauty, popping up in different types of skin care, color cosmetics and wellness supplements as consumer interest in the plant’s purported benefits increases rapidly.
Brands are tapping into cannabis and its many ingredient extracts with varying levels of CBD — including hemp seed oil, which contains no actual CBD  — and now with the upcoming 4/20 “holiday,” brands are attracting customers with a slew of new products that promote relaxation, anti-inflammation and soothing qualities.
Read on to see how 11 beauty brands are cashing in on cannabis.
1. Heretic

Heretic’s Dirty Grass contains CBD oil that is meant to be absorbed transdermally. 

It was only a matter of time before CBD entered the fragrance space. Natural fragrance brand, Heretic, has released Dirty Grass, a “functional fragrance” that combines traditional scent with aromatherapy by using CBD oil, which is said to absorb into the wearer’s bloodstream. The earthy scent also includes notes of pink pepper, lemon, violet leaf and vetiver and retails for $ 85 for a 15-ml. bottle and $ 185 for a 50-ml. bottle.
2. Scotch Porter
For 4/20, men’s grooming brand, Scotch Porter, is hosting

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L’Oréal Paris, Nivea Top Beauty ‘Megabrand’ Ranking

BEAUTY BRAND-BUILDING: One-quarter of the top 100 “megabrands” in Euromonitor International’s ranking are beauty and personal-care brands, and the category took second place overall, behind the packaged food sector.
According to the market research provider’s recent list, which takes into account the world’s leading fast-moving consumer goods labels, the top 10 were: L’Oréal Paris, Nivea, Colgate, Gillette, Dove, Avon, Garnier, Shiseido, Gemey/Maybelline/Jade and Natura.
L’Oréal Paris and Nivea have maintained their first and second rankings since 2014.
“While there has been movement across the top 10, rankings have not changed significantly,” Tom Rees, industry manager at Euromonitor International, said in a statement. “Only one brand has entered the top 10 since 2014: Shiseido, at number eight.
“The key trend has been premiumization,” he continued. “Revived consumer confidence in key markets, plus aspirational demand in emerging regions has grown the premium market substantially.”
According to the report, L’Oréal Paris ranks fifth among global megabrands.
“L’Oréal is the world’s leading beauty and personal-care brand by sales, with China its second-highest country for sales behind the U.S.,” Euromonitor said. “[China] is forecast to increase beauty and personal-care sales by over 40 percent by 2022.”

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Moj Mahdara Partner on Beauty Competition

Modelpreneur Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Beautycon Media chief executive officer Moj Mahdara have their sights set on creating their own beauty competition-style TV show. “We’re working on it,” said Mahdara on Thursday night in Los Angeles, where she and Huntington-Whiteley hosted an influencer-packed dinner to celebrate the winner of their “Next Beauty Star” social media contest.
“We were introduced through a mutual friend, actually our facialist Shani Darden, and I felt like I’d known Moj for 100 years,” explained Huntington-Whiteley, who in May launched her Rose Inc. lifestyle platform which highlights new products and personalities in the beauty space. “We talked about how we could bring the brands together and feeling like we wanted to create a mentorship program to find the next rising star in the industry.”
They set five weekly challenges for their followers (create a blue smoky eye, glowing makeup, a sun-kissed look using pastel products), reviewed submissions sent via social media channels, and picked the winner, Cameron Day, who they will be sending to beauty school in L.A. “We loved Cameron and she had a really great story, coming to beauty later in life and moving to L.A. from Detroit to start her career. Hopefully she’ll be doing my makeup soon,”

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Chiara Ferragni Launches Beauty Bites Masterclass

QUEEN MIDAS: Everything Chiara Ferragni touches seems to turn into gold — or even better, into its modern equivalent of likes and followers.
The latest initiative launched by the influencer and entrepreneur behind The Blonde Salad digital platform and the Chiara Ferragni Collection footwear and accessories label is no exception.
Ferragni teamed with her personal makeup artist Manuele Mameli to launch Beauty Bites, a beauty masterclass to be held in Milan’s Teatro Vetra venue on Feb. 9–10.
Sponsored by Lancôme and Sephora, the project will “enable followers to move from virtual to real,” reads the dedicated web site providing information on the special event. Starting from 2.30 pm, the four-hour makeup and hair style masterclass will be divided in two parts: in the first, Mameli will share professional beauty techniques and tips, while the other will involve attendees — including Ferragni herself — trying to replicate the looks.
Mayhem in the social kingdom followed: after the Beauty Bites Instagram account featuring teasers, videos and Ferragni’s key beauty looks reached 44,500 followers in a few days, over 37,000 people queued online on Tuesday to buy the 700 tickets available to the masterclass, with many users giving up once they discovered that beauty — and Ferragni

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