Christian Louboutin Adds Lipstick to His Lineup
Later this year, Christian Louboutin will introduce Rouge Christian Louboutin Lip Color to echo his famous soles — plus 37 other shades. The forthcoming lipstick is certainly one of the smallest Louboutin creations yet — and one of the most expensive in the category, slated to retail at up to $90. More of a precious object than something chucked in a purse, the Lip Colours come a year after Louboutin introduced his first beauty product: a nail lacquer housed in a cut-crystal orb topped with a towering spike.
Carolyn Murphy the Face of Ugg’s Limited-Edition Collection
For the first time in 37 years, UGG is introducing a fresh take on its classic boot with a limited-edition collection, dubbed “Classic Luxe,” and Carolyn Murphy as its face. The new collection is a far cry from those old styles, though. The Italian-made boots feature a sleeker silhouette with a slimmer, more-contoured construction than the classic iteration. Materials include goat suede and Merino Twinface, with a leather, logo-embossed heel and the signature sheepskin insole.
The collection comes in two styles: the Abree, a sister to the traditional boot with a new zipper closure for a snugger fit, and the Karisa, an ankle boot done with tasseled fringe detailing. The Abree, which comes in tall and short heights and will retail for $295 and $250, respectively, comes in colors that include espresso, aubergine and rust, while the Karisa comes in tan and black and retails for $245. The collection will hit select North American Ugg stores, and the brand’s Web site, beginning on Aug. 6.
Michelle Lam’s Undergarment Analysis
As the founder of intimates e-tailer True & Co., Michelle Lam is working to dramatically change the way women shop for bras. Starting with a two-minute fit quiz on Trueandco.com, customers are matched with a bra shape (rather than size), according to its “TrueSpectrum.” This guides the initial recommendations and familiarizes the customer with providing personal information. From there, the questions go more in-depth and the recommendations more personal, as customers browse, try on at home and become accustomed to a culture of constant feedback. And Lam has found that women want to share even more details, whether it’s through a quiz after a return or an e-mailed quiz tied to Valentine’s Day.
Since launching, the house brand has grown and has slowly started expanding into loungewear, with plans to expand its assortment into premium lines. Most bras are $44 to $64, panties are $16 to $22; a pajama set is $68.
– Selicia A. Walker