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Top 10 Luxury Firms 2016 Revealed

Deloitte’s reveals, for the third year running, the best performing companies in global luxury. Now, we usually argue against paying heed to how well luxury companies are doing, earnings wise, because this doesn’t tell you anything about the products or the experience. Also, some firms, such as Rolex, are not particularly transparent as they are not public. Anyway, for those who care, Deloitte’s annual Global Powers of Luxury Goods ranking sees the parent companies behind Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Estée Lauder retain their places at the top of the list. The AFP has the following details on it.

French-based LVMH, full name LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy SE, also owns Bulgari, Chrisitian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Hublot, TAG Heuer, Moët Chandon, Dom Perignon and Benefit Cosmetics. Based on figures from 2014 (the most recent data available, apparently), it is also the world’s biggest luxury conglomerate.

Swiss company Richemont (Cartier, Dunhill, Lancel, Montblanc, Jaeger-LeCoutre, Piaget) comes in second, with the US’s Estée Lauder group (MAC, Clinique, Jo Malone) in third. The top three retain their places from 2015’s equivalent Global Powers of Luxury Goods report.

Italy’s Luxottica manufactures eyewear under the its own Ray-Ban, Persol and Oakley brands as well as for Chanel, Armani, Versace, Prada and more, and moved up one place to fourth.

Also moving up one were Switzerland’s Swatch (Breguet, Longines, Omega) and France’s Kering (Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga), with Hong Kong jewelry group Chow Tai Fook moving from fourth to seventh.

L’Oreal Luxe (Lancôme, Biotherm, Kiehl’s), Ralph Lauren, and PVH (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger) completed Deloitte’s top ten, which is cam out June 7.

China Beauty Standards Under Spotlight

In a world where some people fork out thousands for double eyelid surgery and other such “improvements”, model Ju Xiaowen, with her distinct face and single eyelids, seems to be anti-thetical to all that. The Xi’an model was chosen as the new face for L’Oreal Paris in February, indicating a clear divide between what Asians themselves think is beautiful, and what Westerners look for in Asian Beauty. On the other hand, on the runways of China Fashion Week, which concluded on Thursday last week, many models seem to fit into what is known as the ‘Chinese Traditional Aesthetic’ – “big eyes, double eyelids, and a pale & serene beauty.”

The above conception of the Chinese Traditional Aesthetic was “diagnosed” by Roye Zhang, chief agent for China Bentley Culture & Media. The company has been operating since 2003, exactly when China’s fashion industry was still in its infancy. “There are big differences between eastern and western aesthetics – a face we find beautiful in China won’t necessarily work abroad, and vice versa,” he said.

Overseas shows sought men with “single eyelids and small eyes, who are thinner and not so tall”, and women who “look like Mulan from the Disney cartoon — she’s not exactly pretty, but she’s memorable at just a glance”. In an interview with Vogue, Ju Xiaowen herself noted the beauty schism by stating that “In China, we still like big eyes and a high nose—that’s the classic beauty in China, although I think that’s going to change”. She revealed that she herself took measures that other women took when she was still living there, such as curling their eyelashes and putting double-stick tape on their eyelids.

The gulf in perception is to the point that Zhang’s agency has to bring in foreign CEOs and bookers to look through their pre-vetted Chinese talent. “The vast majority of our models are more suitable for the Chinese market – there’s only a very few of them who will be able to go abroad,” he said.

One such model who seems to fit the criteria for being both locally and internationally suitable is the 21-year old Xu Naiyu. She’s been a frequent walker for the runways during the Fashion Week, showing off everything from a simple green top to a pieced-together dress accessorised with protective goggles and a yellow-streaked wig. Xu wanted to be a model from a young age, and is currently in her second year at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology studying modelling and design. She booked her first professional gig only in 2014 but has since walked shows both in China and abroad at the star-studded Milan and New York Fashion Weeks.

“If you want to get to the next level, you still have to go abroad to fashion capitals like Milan or Paris, because this profession is one that came into China from the outside world,” Xu said. Indeed, the Chinese version is a pale shadow of the overseas Fashion Weeks. There are no major foreign brands, and only simple sets with just two locations. The fashion industry of the world’s second-largest economy is full of brands unknown elsewhere, and few designers are integrated with the international fashion buyer system.

“In this industry, luck is so important,” Xu said in between events at the Beijing Hotel, a longstanding establishment near Tiananmen Square in the Chinese capital. She also noted that the industry was “torturous” at times, lamenting that “I’m not that kind of single-eyelid girl who’s instantly recognizable”.

This may serve as a sharp and ironic jolt for those coveting some form of idealized Asian beauty. Before you put your own eyelids under the knife, you may want to take some time to ponder whether other people might see it differently.

Interview: Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin may have just turned 22 this month but she already has five years of modeling experience and a slew of campaigns and commercials in her bag. That’s a lot more than what her peers in the business can say. A frequent face in beauty, the doe-eyed Hungarian got her big break in 2011 as the face of Chanel Beauty, but it was her contract with L’Oreal that launched her career, turning her into a face seen nearly everywhere, from drugstores and movie theatres to towering billboards across the world. You may not remember it, but chances are you probably have seen one of her campaigns.

While modeling is her main game, Palvin has dabbled in acting – she made a cameo appearance in Brett Ratner’s Hercules (2014) – a career she may pursue when she leaves the modeling industry. In person, the baby-faced model is as bubbly and easy-going as you’d expect her to be, but there are also hints of a certain maturity that surpasses her young age. Here, Palvin opens up about acting, bad press, beauty, not being “very good” on the runway and secret talents (you’ll never guess what it is).

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Wool coat with fox fur sleeves, Marni. Lambskin bodysuit, Alexander Wang. Nappa leather boots, Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci. Fishnet stocking (worn throughout), Saint Laurent

So, you started modeling at a young age. Did you have any concerns back then?

No, I didn’t have any problems. It was easy. My mum was travelling with me everywhere so I wasn’t even alone, even when I went to Japan. She was helping me a lot, even on photo shoots. If there ever was something I didn’t want to do, she’d be there to help me, but that has never really happened.

Do you have any advice for young models that are just starting out?

When I did shows, my first two seasons were really good, but then it started to not work out because I was considered short, and I started to feel that modeling was not for me. I almost gave up. So, what I’m saying is, don’t give up, even when you don’t get a job straightaway because there will be ups and downs, and that’s normal.

You’ve worked with many photographers over your career. Is there one that stands out?

Jack [Waterlot]! What can I say? I mean, come on! [Laughs]

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Wool tailcoat with Marmot fur stole, Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci. Polyamid elastane bralette, Bordelle

What about runway shows?

My first Chanel show. I was crying. It was at the Grand Palais, there was live music and it was just so beautiful. It was just such an intense experience.

You don’t do many shows now, though.

It’s partly because I’m not very good at it. I’m not very tall or skinny. I don’t have the runway look. It’s also a personal choice because I always ended up being disappointed and that’s not good for my confidence. I did just do the Chanel show in Korea though! It was good to be back on the runway. If [Chanel] asks me to do a show, I do it with no questions asked.

You were in the film Hercules alongside Dwayne Johnson. Do you plan to go into acting soon?

Yeah…and no. [Laughs] Like, I want to do it, I want to try it, but acting is different, for sure. In L’Oreal, we act a little bit for the commercials and if you’re a model, you have to be a good actress because you can’t just stand there with just one look. For example, you’ve got a rock ‘n’ roll look on, you don’t just stand there looking like a little girl, you have to get into the mood.

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Wool tailcoat with Marmot fur stole, Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci

How many more years do you see yourself in modeling?

With this baby face? [Laughs] I think I really want to get it out, maximize the time I have left. So, I’d say two more years? Following that, I see myself having two options. Either I have a family and a husband and have my own business maybe, or become an actress but still have a husband, just no kids.

You’re friends with many Hollywood celebrities and tabloids 
have brought you into their drama before. How do you deal with all this negativity?

Well, you know, my family and friends know what’s true, and that’s all I care about. I mean, there were some moments when I had enough of the hate and I snapped and said something, but I’ve learned that it’s better to just leave it.

Do you have paparazzi following you around?

It depends. For example, in Japan, they know when I’m coming so they will be there. It doesn’t happen all the time though; I’m pretty good at hiding.

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Patchwork shearling leather coat and lambskin sheath dress, Calvin Klein Collection

You’ve been in the industry for many years. Do you think you’ve changed as a person?

I’m definitely more mature, but I don’t think I’ve changed very much. I’m the same stupid little girl that I was and still am when I’m at home.

You’ve fronted a lot of beauty campaigns. What are the products you absolutely swear by?

I love the Miss Manga Mascara by L’Oreal. That’s my favourite. Hmm, what do I love? I love the Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, that’s the newest one. Every time they bring out a new one, I’m like, “Wow, this is even better!” and another one comes along and I’m like, “This is even better!” [Laughs] I always use the Hydrafresh range as well.

Do you have any beauty secrets?

I don’t know, I don’t really have any. I do try to keep my skin clean. I don’t wear makeup if I don’t have to.

What about secret talents?

I’m a good cook! And I love singing and I play soccer. The last time I was asked this question, I couldn’t answer and I was like, “F—k! This is my secret talent?” It just doesn’t come to mind very easily.

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Metallic silk triacetate pleat dress with high collar, LOEWE.  Patent leather pumps with skinny square stiletto heels, Saint laurent

I’ve heard that you love to read.

I love reading. That’s my talent! I read 400 pages in one day. I’m a very quick reader. I was in Bangkok recently and I had two books, about 700 pages, and I finished it in two days. Oh, wait – I remember another secret talent now! I’m good at remembering numbers. I’m super good with numbers. If someone gave me an address or a telephone number, say two months ago, I’d still remember it.

Is there anything you wish you had done differently if you weren’t a model?

I wish I went to college. I didn’t really have a chance because I was signed with L’Oreal when I had just finished high school, so I got really busy. I was doing a lot of Victoria’s Secret stuff as well. But, I mean, I can still do it, and I want to do it. I want to study law.

Story Credits

Photography by Jack Waterlot

Styling Jumius Wong and Jack Wang

Hair: Fernando Torrent/L’Atelier NYC

Makeup: Yumi Lee/L’Atelier NYC using L’Oreal

Manicurist : Yukie Miyakawa / Kate Ryan Inc.

Photography Assistant: Herman Van Den Brandt

Styling Assistants: Erin McSherry & Jingni Oh

Model: Barbara Palvin/IMG

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Radzmire coat, Prada

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Python skin double-breasted pea coat, miu miu. Stretch thigh-high boots in printed vinyl with translucent heel, Dior. Harness dress with oversized rings in 18K gold, Bordelle

Kristina Bazan

L’Oréal Paris Appoints Blogger as New Ambassador

L’Oréal’s newest brand ambassador is an influential 21-year-old blogger and member of the Instagram glitterati, Kristina Bazan.

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Better known as the beauty behind the blog Kayture, the digital style maven has been appointed the new face of L’Oreal Paris, a gig coveted by the world’s most beautiful, high-powered celebrities.

The Swiss beauty boasts 2 million followers on Instagram, and receives 2 million views a month on her blog.

“She shows us that any woman can create bold and sophisticated makeup looks, and feel good about herself,” said Cyril Chapuy, brand global president in an interview with WWD.

“She designs her own beauty and has this incredible ability to openly share and inspire women all around the world.”

Bazan has been covering beauty, fashion, lifestyle and travel on her blog since 2011. In her new role, the blogger will co-create content with the brand, covering color cosmetics at events and for digital platforms.

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Naomi Watts named L’Oréal Paris spokesmodel

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46-year-old member of the Hollywood elite Naomi Watts has just been named ‘ newest face.

The British-Australian actress joins the ranks of the brand’s other prestigious ambassadors alongside Penelope Cruz, Doutzen Kroes, Zoë Saldana, Eva Longoria, Jane Fonda and Ines de la Fressange.

This will not be the first time Watts has lent her face to a beauty brand. The “King Kong” star has already starred in campaigns for Pantene haircare products and for the Astalift skincare range.

No details were announced regarding which product lines the actress will represent for L’Oréal Paris.

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Zoe Saldana, new face of L’Oréal Paris

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L’Oréal Paris announced on Monday that American actress Zoe Saldana will become its newest spokesmodel.

The news was first revealed exclusively by E! News late has week and has now been officially confirmed by the cosmetics brand.

Saldana, who will appear in upcoming TV and print campaigns, joins a long list of famous faces to serve as brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris, including recent spokemodels Julianne Moore, Blake Lively and Lara Stone.

The actress appears in “Star Trek” and “Avatar” and will star in the upcoming miniseries “Rosemary’s Baby” on NBC.

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Lara Stone named the new face of L’Oreal Paris

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Just ahead of turning 30, the Dutch supermodel has joined the prestigious ranks of international beauty icons representing L’Oréal Paris.

With her perfect figure, intense gaze, and immediately recognizable smile, Lara Stone has a distinctive beauty that has appealed to fashion and beauty brands across the board.

Over the course of a few years, the young mother has emerged from the ranks of fashion models to become a true style icon, so it’s no surprise that L’Oréal Paris has chosen her as the face of its next makeup, skincare and hair care product campaigns.

“Lara is a true modern icon. Her sensual, edgy, and rebellious beauty has made her as strong as she is talented. And nonetheless, she remains sincere, real, sensitive and funny. I love her iconoclastic style, which makes her stand out on all the runways” said Cyril Chapuy President of L’Oréal Paris International.

Stone has thus joined the elite group of the French brand’s ambassadors, including Doutzen Kroes, Eva Longoria, Inès de la Fressange, Beyoncé, and Freida Pinto.

Discovered at age 12, Lara Stone has walked the runways for some of the world’s most prestigious fashion labels, including Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Fendi. She is also the face of Calvin Klein’s makeup and perfume line.

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L’Oréal Paris to set up Eye & Nail Bar at Cannes

L Oreal Paris Nail Bar Cannes

L’Oréal Paris, the official makeup artists for the Cannes Film Festival, will be setting up an Eye & Nail Bar for festivalgoers inside the Hôtel Martinez during the event .

The L’Oréal Eye & Nail Bar is a must at this year’s Cannes Festival. Women can opt for an artistic manicure — the latest trend — and titivate their peepers as though they were the guests of honor at this year’s event.

L’Oréal Paris’s latest innovations will be showcased here, especially the Ongles-à-Porter, inspired by backstage nailwear at fashion shows and designed by leading manicurist Tom Bachik.

You can choose from among 50-odd shades of the Color Riche Le Vernis line as well as 2D and 3D stickers from the new Color Riche Le Nail Art line.

The windows to the soul will also be limelighted here with “butterfly eyes,” another make-up trend this summer. Feel free to test various false lashes and eyeliners from the brand’s Mascara Faux Cils Papillon and Super Liner Silkissime lines for the kind of eyes that ought to be in pictures.

This “beauty capsule” in the lobby of the Hotel Martinez will be open to the public from May 15-26.

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Yves Saint Laurent beauty expanding to China

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YSL cosmetics owner L’Oréal Luxe is pushing ahead with expansions plan to meet the booming demand for luxury skin care in China.

This May, China’s first ever YSL beauty counter will open in the Shanghai branch of high-end Japanese department store Isetan on Nanjing Road, the city’s busiest shopping street.

“We want to keep innovating and surprising the Chinese consumer. Yves Saint Laurent is a beautiful brand that belongs to French haute couture. Chinese consumers, they want the best,” said Nicolas Hieronimus, president of L’Oréal Luxe, reported WWD.

By 2015 the company is expecting China to be its biggest market: “In this country, the sky has no limit because the Chinese have such an appetite for luxury that we can only be excited for the future,” Hieronimus added. “This is just the beginning.”

As more and more Asian customers flock to the brand, special YSL fragrance, makeup, and skin-care lines will be launched specifically for the region.

Brands from the L’Oréal Luxe stable are currently sold in 972 department stores, 140 Sephora stores and 68 airport retail spaces throughout China. Big L’Oréal Luxe players in the market include Lancôme, which first entered China in 1993, Kiehl’s, and Chinese luxury skincare label Yue-Sai.

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L’Oreal heiress sells island paradise in Seychelles

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L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, France’s richest woman, has sold a string of private islands in the Seychelles to a firm linked to an ocean conservation foundation.

Bettencourt, 89, bought D’Arros Island along with several neighbouring islets for $18 million in 1998 and recently sold them for $60 million to a Seychelles-registered business, Housing and Habitat Minister Christian Lionnet said.

The stunning islands are located in the Indian Ocean, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) southwest of the main Seychelles island of Mahe.
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The Top 10 Global Beauty Brands‎ 2012

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A recent report on the world’s strongest beauty labels has highlighted the dominance of legacy brands, with long-running and affordable favorites such as Olay and Avon dominating the top ten.

Valuation firm Brand Finance’s annual ranking of the 50 biggest global beauty brands measures areas including current market value and customer loyalty, with the number one spot going to America’s Olay — which was launched in 1950.
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Ines de la Fressange: L’Oréal’s New Spokeswoman

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Former Chanel model and Parisienne par excellence Inès de la Fressange is putting the Paris back in L’Oréal with a new partnership announced March 30.

Paradoxically for a youth-obsessed industry, 53-year-old Fressange has rejuvenated fashion brands such as Roger Vivier, but L’Oréal hopes for the La Parisienne author to exude “timeless French chic” as ambassadress for the brand.
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Gwen Stefani is the newest face for L’Oréal Paris

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On Janaury 13, L’Oréal Paris announced the latest star to appear in ads for the cosmetic giant: No Doubt front woman Gwen Stefani.

“I can’t believe I get to be one of the L’Oréal Paris girls,” the singer told US-based celebrity magazine People.

“I love playing dress up, on stage or shooting videos, it’s always been one of my favorite parts of being in a band.”
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Faces in beauty 2011: celebrities we’ll see on billboards

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From Christy Turlington to Natalie Portman, here are five of the most anticipated beauty campaigns for 2011.

Natalie Portman for Dior: The American actress has been making headlines everywhere lately for her performance in Black Swan.

On Wednesday, Portman nabbed yet another leading role when Dior named her the new face of Miss Dior Chérie, one of the brand’s iconic fragrances.
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Diane Kruger new face of L’Oreal

German actress Diane Kruger has been signed to beauty giant L’Oréal amid a trend of Hollywood stars representing leading beauty brands.

The move comes after a series of announcements including Lancôme signing Julia Roberts and Helena Rubinstein tapping Demi Moore as the faces for their beauty ads.

L’Oréal previously appointed Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto as one of its global brand ambassadors, an evident move towards more ethnic diversity.
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Liliane Bettencourt is the world’s richest woman

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Liliane Bettencourt, daughter of Eugene Schueller, the man who founded cosmetics giant L’Oréal, tops Forbes’ just-released list of the richest women in Europe with a fortune of $22.9 billion.

That also makes her the world’s richest woman and the 17th richest person on earth, according to Forbes. She is also the second richest person in France, after Bernard Arnault who has an estimated wealth of $26.0 billion.

Following Bettencourt on Europe’s female rich list is a Swedish citizen Birgit Rausing, a packaging heiress with an estimated fortune of $14 billion, while No. 3 is BMW and pharmaceuticals heiress Susanne Klatten, with $13.2 billion.
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