Members of the beauty industry gathered at the Four Seasons restaurant Thursday to celebrate industry achievements at the fifth annual WWD Beauty Biz Awards. From longtime retailers to new brands, the awards covered a broad spectrum of categories and drew such heavy hitters as William Lauder, Aerin Lauder and John Demsey of the Estée Lauder Cos., Coty Inc.'s Bernd Beetz and Catherine Walsh, indie entrepreneurs Robin Coe-Hutshing and Jennifer Coe-Bakewell, newly minted beauty mavens Jillian Dempsey and Lisa Hoffman, P&G Prestige's Don Loftus, eco-pioneer Mike Indursky of Burt's Bees, Eric Lauzet of Lancôme and many more.
A total of 25 awards were presented. They were:
Breakthrough Product of the Year, Prestige: Aveda Men (hair care); Lipstick Queen by Poppy King (color cosmetics); Care by Stella McCartney (skin care); Memoire Liquide (fragrance).
Breakthrough Product of the Year, Mass: Clairol Nice 'n Easy Hair Color Collection (hair care); Jillian Dempsey for Avon (color cosmetics); Dove Pro-Age (skin care); Mustang by Aramis and Designer Fragrances (fragrance).
Retailer of the Year: Bloomingdale's (prestige); Henri Bendel (specialty); CVS Pharmacy (mass).
Most Innovative Marketer of the Year, Prestige: Catherine Walsh, senior vice president, American Fragrances, Coty Prestige (person); P&G Prestige Fragrance (company).
Most Innovative Marketer of the Year, Mass: Mike Indursky, chief marketing officer of Burt's Bees (person); Soap & Glory (company).
Newcomer of the Year: Lisa Hoffman Skin Care (products); My Blend by Dr. Olivier Courtin (brand).
Most Innovative Ad Campaign: Estée Lauder Private Collection (prestige); Cover Girl (mass).
Best Executed Launch Strategy of the Year, Prestige: MAC Loves Barbie (color cosmetics); Lancôme Primordiale Cell Defense Double Performance Cell Defense & Skin Perfecting Serum (skin care); Giorgio Armani Parfums (fragrance).
Best Executed Launch Strategy of the Year, Mass: Physicians Formula (color cosmetics); Garnier Nutritioniste (skin care); Organix (hair care).
For full coverage, see today's issue of WWD Beauty Biz.
“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
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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