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21 Apr

Lizzo’s Recent Tour Partner; A Book on Designer Ballet Costumes

ON TOUR: Cetaphil is prepared for the massive stage.

The TikTik-loved skincare brand is occurring tour with Lizzo because the exclusive skincare sponsor of her North American “Special 2our,” which kicks off Friday in Knoxville, Tennessee, and comprises 17 shows, ending in June.

“Last fall, we were on TikTok and saw a video from Lizzo during which she just authentically talked about her irritated and itchy skin as a result of wearing makeup on tour,” said Cetaphil’s marketing director, Katherine Rouse-Bailey, adding that it was Lizzo’s makeup artist Alexx Mayo who then really helpful Cetaphil’s Hydrating Foaming Cream Cleanser to the singer.

Lizzo kicks off her upcoming tour — dubbed The Special 2our — this Friday, with Cetaphil as its exclusive skincare partner.


“She got here back to TikTok saying [the cleanser] was effective for her, and since helping individuals with sensitive skin is our mission, we decided that’s something we desired to talk more with Alexx about.”

Along with partnering with Mayo — who might be using Cetaphil products to prep Lizzo’s skin for her signature, dramatic onstage looks — Cetaphil has also tapped aesthetician René de la Garza, dermatologist Dr. Caroline Robinson and three of Lizzo’s backup dancers — dubbed The Big Grrrls — to advertise and create educational content about Cetaphil’s offerings for sensitive skin throughout the duration of the tour.

The catalyst for Mayo's partnership with Cetaphil: the Hydrating Foam Cleanser, $14.99.

The catalyst for Mayo’s partnership with Cetaphil: the brand’s Hydrating Foam Cleanser, $14.99.


“We’re focused on ensuring as many consumers as possible are aware of our products, whether you get your information from a dermatologist, or for those who trust your aesthetician; a makeup artist like Alexx, or one among the Big Grrrls, where it’s someone who looks such as you and is relatable — we’re specializing in reaching those younger consumers, but not losing our current consumers, either,” said Rouse-Bailey.

The initiative will include a sweepstakes, which consumers can enter on the Cetaphil website on April 25 for a likelihood to win airfare and tickets to the three-day Governer’s Ball Music Festival in June, which Lizzo is headlining.

“We’ve never sponsored a makeup artist in this manner as a part of an overall tour, and we desired to be sure that that, yes, consumers are getting that education to our products, but in addition we would like to be fun and get the energy and excitement going about this effort,” said Rouse-Bailey. — NOOR LOBAD

CHOREO & COUTURE: Fashion designers and the dance world have been intertwined for years. This fall, Rizzoli will publish a latest book featuring photographs of 10 years of fashion designers’ collaborations with the Recent York City Ballet.

Called “Recent York City Ballet Choreography & Couture,” by Marc Happel, NYCB director of costumes, the 208-page book features 250 black-and-white and color images by award-winning Recent Yorker photographer Pari Dukovic.

“Recent York City Ballet: Choreography & Couture” by Marc Happel, and images by Pari Dukovic.

Pari Dukovi, courtesy of Rizzoli

The photography book showcases the nearly 30 designer and choreographer collections which have premiered at NYCB’s annual Fall Fashion Gala, which was initiated in 2012, when the corporate collaborated with Valentino, in addition to the craftsmanship of the NYCB Costume Shop, which has executed these couture stage designs during the last 10 years.

Among the many designs featured are Thom Browne’s tailored suits, tweaked to accommodate the movement of dancers; Iris van Herpen’s reflective carapaces, which radically altered the dancers’ form; the lavishly ombre and embellished splendor of Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen designs; and the late Virgil Abloh’s ruched tulle, a totally modern use of a textile so closely tied to the history of dance costumes. Other designers featured include Dries Van Noten, Carolina Herrera, Christopher John Rogers, Zac Posen and Raf Simons.

Happel includes the designers’ original costume drawings, their personal observations concerning the inspiration and technical accommodations required by these collaborations, and dancers’ reflections about performing in these ensembles.

Dukovic shot 127 handmade costumes on 11 dancers in six days throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Amongst those showcasing the designs in motion are NYCB dancers Olivia Boisson, India Bradley, Chun Wai Chan, Jovani Furlan, Gonzalo Garcia, Christopher Grant, Alec Knight, Sara Mearns, Miriam Miller, Mira Nadon and Mimi Staker.

The book has an introduction by Happel and a foreword by Sarah Jessica Parker, who conceived of the Fall Fashion Gala in 2012, and essays by Vogue fashion editor Tonne Goodman and Patricia Mears of The Museum at FIT. The hardcover book sells for $55 and might be released in September. — LISA LOCKWOOD

SUSTAINABLE SEARCHES: Eco shampoo bars, organic face serum and eco-friendly toys top sustainable bestsellers on Alibaba, in keeping with a latest report.

Within the U.S., searches for sustainability proceed, in keeping with a sustainability trend report released Thursday from the e-commerce giant. As of March 2022, Alibaba Group’s consumer-facing businesses in China reached a historic high of greater than 1 billion lively users.

The Universal Solid Shampoo Bar from Rowse

The Universal Solid Shampoo Bar from Rowse.

Courtesy of Rowse

The corporate’s year-over-year trend growth showed that categories like personal care and household cleansing (up 56.9 percent), beauty (up 47.6 percent), household kitchen wares (up 45.4 percent), mother and baby goods (up 41.6 percent) and household appliances (up 34.9 percent), are leading sustainable searches.

Overall, Alibaba.com saw an 88 percent global increase in search terms corresponding to “sustainable,” “eco-friendly,” “biodegradable,” “zero-waste,” “renewable,” “organic” and “reusable” year-over-year. The US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany were leading the sustainable product purchases by country.

The corporate vets its greater than 200 million products and 200,000 suppliers per quite a lot of recognized certifications, amongst them the Global Recycle Standard, Forest Stewardship Council, U.S. Department of Agriculture, European Union’s Restriction of Chemicals, it said.

Rah Mahtani, U.S. chief marketing officer for Alibaba.com, expressed excitement for the uptick in sustainable product demand.

“We now have been extremely encouraged to see such a big increase in each search and buy of eco-friendly products,” said Mahtani in a press release. “Sustainable buying from the tip consumer has a ripple effect within the broader global supply chain and we encourage our buyers to make product decisions that best fit the needs of their customers. On this case, it’s a much bigger concentrate on sustainable products. We’re pleased that Alibaba.com has turn out to be a reliable, central location for buyers to search out greater than 6 million sustainable sourcing and products worldwide.” — KALEY ROSHITSH

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