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.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast