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Kenneth Cole debuts New York City-inspired fragrance

BY Gina Acosta

NEW YORK — Kenneth Cole is launching the next evolution of the brand's iconic, signature fragrance, Kenneth Cole Black.

Inspired by the fearless spirit of New York City, Black Bold is the perfect scent for the man who will take on any challenge, regardless of the odds and who is brave enough to believe that they can make an impact, the company says.  The new fragrance aims to push boundaries with strength, power and confidence. From the sleek, leather-like wrapped bottle design to the fragrance notes, Black Bold adds a dynamic new dimension to the Kenneth Cole fragrance collection. 

"For more than 30 years, the company has embraced the essence of New York – its boldness, its energy, and its diversity," said Kenneth Cole, chairman and chief creative officer of Kenneth Cole Productions. "I wanted Black Bold to do just that – to celebrate the confident individuals who are the protagonists in their own personal stories of resilience, optimism, and ambition."

Kenneth Cole collaborated with Master Perfumer Harry Fremont of Firmenich to craft a scent that embodies the feeling of a strong masculine exterior with a confident yet caring interior, reflecting the beauty of human strength. Black Bold features top notes of citrus and herbal tones, rounded out with a blend of ground nutmeg and a touch of lotus flower. Finished with elements of wood and leathery musks, the fragrance contrasts between dark and light and allows the boldness within to come to life.

The Black Bold advertising campaign was shot by photographer Gregory Harris in New York and features model and artist David Alexander Flinn.  The campaign will be supported by a robust print and digital campaign.

With a sleek bottle design that stays true to the Kenneth Cole brand, Black Bold incorporates a luxe leather-like material in a modern silhouette. The bottle elements are inspired by Kenneth Cole menswear. 

  • Eau de Parfum 3.4 oz – $76
  • Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz – $58
  • Eau de Parfum 1.0 oz – $46

Kenneth Cole Black Bold will be available at Kenneth Cole stores, KennethCole.com, Macy's, Macys.com, and other major retailers in August.
 

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Study: 80% of U.S. tweens use beauty products

BY Gina Acosta

NEW YORK — So it turns out that it's not just teens who love beauty products. New research from Mintel reveals that as many as 80% of all 9- to 11-year-olds in the United States use beauty and personal care products.

More than half of US 12-14 year olds use mascara (54%), as well as eye shadow, eye liner and eyebrow pencils (54%). Meanwhile, some 45% use foundation/concealer, 30% use blush/bronzer and 10% use hair coloring products.

And beauty isn’t just the preserve of young girls: while 90% of girls aged 9-17 are beauty product users, today, seven in 10 (69%) boys of the same age enjoy a touch of beauty. Indeed, product usage among U.S. boys is high, with more than two in five boys aged 12-17 using facial cleansing products (44%), perfume/cologne (42%) and lip care products (41%), while three in 10 (29%) use hair styling mousse, gels and creams.

It seems you are never too young for a beauty regimen, as Mintel research indicates that a love of beauty starts early. One quarter (25%) of boys and two in five (39%) girls aged 6-8 use body spray/perfume/cologne, while 27% of boys and 35% of girls use hair styling creams, gels, lotions, spritz and tonic. And another one in twenty (5%) boys and 45% of girls aged 6-8 use lipstick/lip gloss.

Although more than half (56%) of U.S. teens say they use makeup to express themselves and their style, confidence is a major driver behind beauty and personal care product usage. Some 42% of U.S. teens aged 12-14 who use beauty and personal care products do so because it makes them feel more confident, rising to well over half (56%) of those aged 15-17. One in seven (16%) U.S. kids aged 12-14 use personal care products to look older/more grown up, with young boys (19%) more likely than girls (14%) to feel the pressure to look good.

“Beauty awareness starts at an early age, and tweens/teens are becoming increasingly savvy due to the popularity of YouTube beauty tutorials. But it is certainly not just girls looking to express themselves through the use of beauty and personal care products as our research reveals that boys show a strong interest in male grooming products. Although self-expression is key to makeup usage, it’s evident that half of teenagers use makeup to feel more confident,” said Margie Nanninga, beauty analyst at Mintel.

Mintel research indicates that teen girls in particular are looking for relatable spokespeople as, overall, more than one third (36%) of all 12-17 year old beauty product users are eager to see people who are not photo-shopped or airbrushed in beauty and personal care advertisements, with girls (41%) twice as likely as boys (21%) to say this. What’s more, half (51%) of teens are looking for a spokesperson who is “like them.”

It is clear that in beauty and personal care advertising, different spokespeople appeal to different genders, as teenage boys are particularly interested in seeing celebrities (40%) and athletes (33%); however, teen girls are considerably less moved by the use of celebrities (26%) and athletes (17%) than their male counterparts.

Meanwhile, Hispanic teens are largely influenced by the use of famous people (43%), and as many as 71% use products with celebrities in their ads compared to 54% of US teens overall. Additionally, two thirds (65%) of Hispanic teens use products with celebrity names on the packaging compared to 45% of all U.S. teens.

“The saturation of film and TV stars and celebrity athletes, as well as the use of photoshopped imagery, in beauty and personal care advertising is driving many younger consumers to prefer more authentic representations, experiences and communication. Teen girls are especially likely to seek authenticity, preferring those who aren’t airbrushed and those who are strong role models. A preference for relatable spokespeople is likely driving interest in YouTube vloggers and reality TV stars, who teens likely see as more relatable. However, we see the opposite with teen boys, who are more likely to want celebrity spokespeople,” said Nanninga.

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Huda Beauty unveils innovative liquid matte lipstick

BY Gina Acosta

NEW YORK — Beauty blogger and entrepreneur Huda Kattan is launching a new take on liquid lipstick with a revolutionary formula.

Huda Beauty's new comfort-wear Liquid Matte formula is infused with antioxidants and an exclusive complex to help maintain the lips' hydration. The lightweight formula glides on a thin coat of color that intensifies as it sets to a matte, transfer-free finish with staying power.  

A wide spectrum of colors featuring timeless nudes, feminine pinks, deep reds, and the classic 90s brown beautify lips for hours without compromising comfort. Sixteen must-have colors can be used alone or combined to create the perfect color for any occasion. 

"I created Liquid Matte because I could never find a liquid lipstick that suited my needs.  This formula is so light, your lips feel bare, but it gives you a long-lasting, transfer-free finish in shades to die for," said Kattan. "When I put my lipstick on in the morning, I feel ready to conquer the world – I created these products in hopes that anyone who wears them feels the same way!"

The Huda Beauty collection consists of record-breaking false eyelashes that are favorites among celebrities, including the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, and Nicole Richie. In April, Huda Beauty launched long-lasting Lip Contours ($19) at Sephora, becoming one of the biggest launches in Sephora history within a few hours of its release. 

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte products will be available at Sephora and other retailers for $20.

With over 14 million followers on Instagram, Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty) is credited with unifying beauty trends across the globe and empowering women by giving them the tools to be confident. From coining the "T. rex pose" to sharing tips from her own professional makeup expertise, Kattan's fan-favorite tutorials often begin a ripple effect that take the beauty world by storm.

 

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