PARIS — The Danish Consumer Council has filed a lawsuit against L’Oréal over one of its hair coloring products.
The council is taking the French cosmetics giant to court after receiving a complaint from a Danish woman who claimed to have developed eczema and itching of the scalp after coloring her hair with L’Oréal Excellence Crème.
A spokesman from the French beauty giant refused to comment on the case.
This is not the first time L’Oréal has been sued for damages allegedly caused by its hair dyes: The Council says it has registered 38 cases in Denmark connected to the brand’s hair coloring products.
The L’Oréal spokesman emphasized that “customer safety remains the number-one priority” for the company, and that all its hair color products comply with the European Union’s strict regulations on such items.
The Danish Consumer Council, however, would like to see those regulations tightened; it is calling on the European Union to ban all dangerous substances in hair-dye products.
“[These products] contain a vast number of different chemical substances, many of which are not regulated, that is, their effects on human beings have been far from clarified,” said Sonny Kristoffersen, the council’s senior legal adviser for consumers’ test cases.
Kristoffersen said products should include warnings about such substances, as well as what percentage of substances they contain.
The spokesman at L’Oréal said the company started placing warnings on the packaging of its hair dyes last year, reenforcing those already contained in the inside instruction leaflets. — Jennifer Joan Lee
Hain Acquires Zia Cosmetics
NEW YORK — The Hain Celestial Group is continuing its efforts to become a natural beauty powerhouse with the acquisition of Zia Cosmetics Inc., the company announced Wednesday.
Zia, a 20-year-old natural beauty company, based in San Francisco, reported 2004 annual sales of less than $10 million, which were generated by its line of moisturizers, cleansers and color cosmetics under the Zia Natural Skincare brand. Zia products are sold in natural food retailers such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats.Fran Strachan, president and founder of Zia, will join Hain as vice president, business development, a new role. Andrew Jacobson, general manager of personal care for Hain, will oversee Zia. Details of the deal, which commenced Monday, were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Hain’s 2006 fiscal year.
Also under Hain’s personal care umbrella — a new division — is Jason Natural Cosmetics, a brand Hain acquired in 2004, marking its entry into beauty. Sales for Jason neared $20 million in 2003. For now, Zia will operate out of San Francisco but future plans could have the company merging with Jason’s headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Hain, which makes Celestial Seasonings tea and Terra chips, is based in Melville, N.Y. — Andrea Nagel
Trappmann Tapped for Juvena
BERLIN — Dirk Trappmann has been named president and chief executive officer of the Juvena/La Prairie Group.
Trappmann, 44, succeeds Harald Stolzenberg, 62, who retired after 15 years as president and ceo of the Swiss prestige beauty care company, which is a division of the Beiersdorf Group. The Juvena/La Prairie Group includes the selective brands La Prairie, Juvena of Switzerland, Marlies Möller Beauty Hair Care and SBT Skin Biology Therapy.
During Stolzenberg’s tenure, Juvena/La Prairie quintupled operating profit and increased group turnover by 160 percent to 289 million Swiss francs, or $239.3 million at current exchange rates. He will continue to consult for the company for the next six months, a spokeswoman said.
Trappmann was most recently managing director of Beiersdorf Thailand and Indochina. He began his career in sales at Procter & Gamble and moved to Beiersdorf Germany in 1992, where he was later appointed marketing director of international business at Beiersdorf International. — Melissa Drier
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)