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
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For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews