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
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye