MAC Store Opens in India NEW YORK — Is India the new China? MAC Cosmetics hopes to find out.
The edgy makeup brand is breaking new ground for the Estee Lauder Cos., becoming the first of the company's brands to open a freestanding store in India. The store opened Thursday, June 30, in a mall in Mumbai, India's second-largest city.
"MAC's arrival in India comes at a time when Bollywood and Indian culture is at its influential peak globally," stated John Demsey, president of MAC Cosmetics and of the Estee Lauder brand. "Mumbai has been chosen as MAC's first Indian location due to the presence of India's film and fashion industries that dominate the city."
To further promote the brand in India, MAC has also signed Bollywood makeup artist Mickey Contractor, who in 2004 was named Best Makeup Artist by the International Indian Film Academy for the Bollywood film "Kal Ho Naa Ho."
"MAC is the ideal brand from our company to launch first in India," stated William P. Lauder, president and chief executive officer of the Estee Lauder Cos. "India is a country that is intensely interested in fashion and cinema, and has a rich cultural history that aligns with the MAC positioning. It is also gratifying that we are entering India in a way that aligns with MAC's philanthropic vision by providing significant funding to HIV/AIDS projects."
In October, the cosmetics brand's philanthropic arm, the MAC AIDS Fund, will contribute $250,000 to YRG Gaitonde, a project serving HIV-affected women in Chennai and the surrounding state of Tamil Nadu, to build a hospital for HIV/AIDS patients.
Future plans, Demsey said, include opening a second MAC store in Mumbai by 2006 as well as establishing MAC stores in Delhi and Bangalore by the end of 2007. — Julie Naughton
Dior Beauty Taps New MD NEW YORK — Dior Beauty has a new doctor in its house of experts.
The brand said this week that it has hired dermatologist and researcher Neil Sadick, MD, as its international medical adviser.
Sadick, who is in private practice in addition to being both the founder of the Sadick Research Group and a clinical professor at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, is being hired to help develop skin care products — most notably those designed to appeal to American women."We are thrilled to have Dr. Sadick on board to ... help Dior develop highly effective skin care products that provide immediate results while specifically targeting the concerns of the American woman," said Terry Darland, senior vice president of sales and education for Dior Beauty.
Sadick will also make store appearances to promote Dior's skin care lines and help train beauty advisers on client evaluation. — J.N.
Henkel Names Van Bylen as Director BERLIN— In a top management change in the German beauty industry last week, Hans Van Bylen was named to succeed Uwe Specht as director of the cosmetic/body care division of the Henkel Group.
Specht, who reached retirement age on June 30, was a Henkel veteran of 36 years. He headed the Dusseldorf-based group's cosmetics business for the last two decades, building it from a small national concern to an international operation.
Van Bylen, 44, has held various international positions with Henkel since 1984. He was most recently responsible for Henkel's worldwide hair care and overseas cosmetics businesses. — Melissa Drier
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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