MILAN — Italian cosmetics brand Diego Dalla Palma is continuing to reinvent itself. The cosmetics firm has launched an accessories kit and activated a makeup studio in its flagship store here.
The makeup brush kit — which contains five mini brushes and a mirror in a zip-up white leather case — will be launched in December, and will retail for 45 euros, or $54.90 at current exchange rates, a price point the company hopes will help attract new customers to the 26-year-old brand.
“The kit has been created to be a must-have for both old and new customers,” said Luciana Iannazzo, product manager of Diego Dalla Palma. “It’s finished in Diego Dalla Palma colors of black and white. The brushes are made of light black wood with natural white fibers. It’s a kit we originally thought of as being seasonal but have plans to keep it in the collection.”
Meanwhile, the cosmetics company also inaugurated the official opening of a makeup studio within its store in Milan’s old art district, Brera.
Makeup lessons and makeup applications for special occasions will be held in the two private rooms that are located at the back of the store. Gift certificates for private and group makeup lessons will also be launched in December. Prices start from 60 euros, or $73.15, for individual lessons, and 150 euros, or $182.90, for a mini individual course.
The cosmetics firm’s makeup studio is set to generate an additional 15 percent of the company’s annual turnover, which is expected to hit 20.4 million euros, or $24.9 million, by year-end, according to industry sources. That would represent a 20 percent spike in sales compared with last year. — Stephanie Epiro
Dougoud Named Guerlain GM
NEW YORK — Gilles Dougoud, general manager for Parfums Givenchy’s U.S. business since February 2003, has been appointed general manager for Guerlain as well. Both Parfums Givenchy and Guerlain recently merged into one business group to handle the U.S. market.
Previously, Dougoud led Parfums Givenchy’s U.K. and Ireland affiliate. He joined LVMH in 1994, after 10 years of working in European sales and marketing for Procter & Gamble.Clarins Maps Expansion Plans
PARIS — Groupe Clarins is planning to open two new stores in the U.S. next year, one on Columbus Avenue in New York and another in Short Hills, N.J., the firm said at a meeting for analysts Friday.
The firm also will focus on fragrance next year and is gearing up to introduce women’s scents for the Clarins brand, Thierry Mugler and Stella Cadente. On Thursday, Clarins announced first-half 2004 net earnings of 28.7 million euros, or $35.2 million at current exchange.
Clarins president and chief executive officer Christian Courtin said at the meeting he preferred to remain “prudent” for the full year and confirmed the group’s forecast of 5 percent sales growth at constant exchange and a flat operating margin at 12.1 percent. The company’s stock closed down 2.75 percent at 53 euros, or $65.12, on the Paris Bourse Friday.
“We are a little disappointed by the first-half trend in net profit and the fact that management has not raised its 2004 guidance,” Antoine Belge, an analyst at HSBC, said in a research note Friday. “Furthermore, the group’s focus on its perfume division in 2005 implies a certain level of risk in terms of earnings evolution. We believe this to be the reason for which the share price is under pressure today.” — Brid Costello
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)