PARIS — Thierry Mugler Parfums' 15th anniversary year turned out to be stellar.
In 2007, one-and-a-half decades after the Groupe Clarins-owned brand launched Angel, the iconic and esoteric women's fragrance in a star-shaped bottle, Mugler introduced for yearend a constellation of limited edition products to fete its milestone birthday.
The biggest project was a one-shot fragrance for women, called La Part des Anges, whose name was taken from what spirit makers in France call liquid that evaporates — almost magically — over time. La Part des Anges was created under the auspices of cognac maker Rémy Martin and Givaudan perfumer Françoise Caron. The extract of Angel, aged for 23 weeks in wooden cognac barrels, filled 4,742 blue-colored, numbered fragrance flacons studded with fake crystals and topped with a star.
"It was a big success," said Joel Palix, president of Thierry Mugler Parfums, of the limited edition launched at the end of October. "We're out of stock."
So, too, is the one-shot, fake-jeweled ring, whose face opens to reveal a solid version of Angel. And the jumbo, 450-ml. Angel bottle priced at 2,000 euros, or $2,889 at current exchange, has already had at least three takers through Mugler's recently launched Web site for France.
All this activity, among others, helped spur the Mugler brand's business by between 5 and 15 percent in sell-through, depending on the country, said Palix. Last year, Thierry Mugler Parfums' sales reached 160.9 million euros, or $202.1 million at average yearly exchange.
Palix added that Angel generates somewhat more than half of Thierry Mugler's sales, and that France, the U.S. and Spain are its strongest markets. The Alien women's scent is Mugler's second-best seller and clocked up double-digit gains this year.
Palix said Thierry Mugler Parfums has found innovation to be the key to success in the fragrance industry. It allows a brand's story to be "never ending" and for it to recruit customers perennially, he explained.
Mugler's first makeup collection, Dare the Metamorphosis, which is being launched in limited distribution this month, also could expand the brand's consumer reach.
"We're preparing another big surprise for Angel next year," said Palix, without divulging more details. — Jennifer WeilDonna Karan's U.K. Fragrance Fete
LONDON — Donna Karan brought a spritz of New York glamour to the U.K. Wednesday night, with the London launch of DKNY Delicious Night, the designer's latest women's fragrance.
Despite chilly December temperatures, a line of revelers snaked outside the Serpentine Gallery to join the likes of Boy George, Rosanna Arquette, Francesca Versace, Jessica Stam and Peaches Geldof on the dance floor, which heaved with fans of DJ Mark Ronson.
"I'm going back home for Christmas next week, so I thought it was one last opportunity to have fun before doing all the family stuff," said model Jamie Dornan. The impending holidays also were perplexing for model Ben Grimes, who is on a quest for the perfect one-off gift. "I'm getting my boyfriend handmade Italian leather shoes," she said. — Brid Costello
Kidman Awarded in Newspaper Suit
LONDON — Chanel No.5 spokeswoman Nicole Kidman has won "substantial damages" from The Daily Telegraph, according to Kidman's lawyer, after the newspaper alleged she promoted a Jo Malone fragrance while attending press junkets for her film, "The Golden Compass," here.
"The publication of the article has caused damage to the claimant's [Kidman's] personal and professional reputation and she has suffered considerable embarrassment and distress," according to a statement read in London's High Court on Friday by the actress' lawyer, John Kelly. Kidman will donate the unspecified damages to the United Nations Development Fund for Women.
The Daily Telegraph also agreed to publish an apology and a retraction, as well as pay for Kidman's legal costs, according to a statement from Kidman's lawyers.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion