Serving as president of perfumery since 2010, Armand de Villoutreys is expanding his role to president of ingredients at Firmenich, effective July 1. Strengthening synergies between the perfumery and ingredients divisions, the appointment is part of the fragrance company’s mission to build up its natural ingredients.“By bringing our perfumery and ingredients teams closer together, I am [pleased] about the creative potential ahead,” de Villoutreys said. “Our excellence in perfumery with award-winning creators, combined with the industry’s finest ingredients portfolio, gives us an undeniable edge to delight consumers and win with our customers.”In addition to the new appointment, Amaury Roquette, vice president of sales and ingredients, will report directly to de Villoutreys while leading the ingredients business globally.De Villoutreys first joined Firmenich in 1999 as the general manager of fine fragrance in Europe, then succeeded Patrick Firmenich in 2001 as vice president of fine fragrance, globally. He was appointed to the company's executive committee when given the role of president of perfumery in 2010. With his new role, de Villoutreys will continue to report to Gilbert Ghostine, chief executive officer of Firmenich.“Since Armand’s appointment as president of perfumery in 2010, he successfully advanced the leadership of our perfumery business year-on-year as evidenced by our number-one position in fine fragrance and our growth leadership in body and home care,” said Ghostine. “By extending his vision, deep industry knowledge and customer intimate to ingredients, I am confident that he will take the group to new heights.”De Villoutreys aims to grow the natural ingredients division at Firmenich with a commitment to providing natural ingredients in a sustainable and traceable way. This commitment will be cemented through partnerships with sources like Jasmine Concrete, the leader in flower extraction in India.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.