Guess what drove US prestige beauty in 2015

Was 2015 a good year for beauty sales? We should hope so because it certainly wasn’t for fashion. So it’s with some relief that I read the latest NPD release, which said sales for the US prestige beauty industry reached $16bn last year, a 7% rise. It looks like that consumers who were saying ‘no…

Anja Rubik & Kérastase’s miracle hair styler

Luxe salon haircare brand Kérastase has a fan base to envy and it could get even bigger if the new product it announced last week lives up to its claims.   Called L’Incroyable Blowdry, it’s a “reshapeable heat lotion that makes blowdrys last longer by providing optimal shapeability and infinite options to style and restyle,”…

An apple a day makes wearable tech pay

Wearable tech doesn’t only have to mean gadgets and gizmos – it can also mean apples. We’ve had skincaring tights and jeans before but they’ve never really taken off. Now Japanese chemical maker Teijin said it’s developed a new fibre containing cosmetic ingredient malic acid (which is found most abundantly in apples) that means care-as-you-wear…

Burberry: Digital, product and data power

It’s a challenging time for the luxury sector as profits take a dive due to… well, you know, the usual suspects – Russia, the Middle East, China – all those places that used to be the very reason luxury did so well. So how about Burberry? Well, on Thursday the UK luxury leader said its…