NEW YORK — When asked to sum up the state of his beauty business, Gene Kahn, chairman and chief executive officer of May Co., simply replied, “stable.”
He was standing in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, attending the 20th annual Dream Ball Tuesday evening — an event that raised $2.2 million for the American Cancer Society and the Look Good Feel Better program of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association.
Another retailer noted, “It’s going to be a challenging fragrance season. Color and treatment are steady.” The conversation turned more chipper when it came time to pay homage to the two top honorees of the evening: Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos., and Richard D. Beckman, president of Condé Nast Media Group and executive vice president of Advance Magazine Group, a subsidiary of Advance Publications Inc, which also owns WWD.
Special recognition awards were given to four other executives, who have been vitally involved in the Dream Ball during its existence. They were Edward Kavanaugh, president of CTFA, and Carolyn J. Deaver, longtime head of the Look Good Feel Better program as vice president of the CTFA Foundation, both of whom are retiring at the end of the year, according to officials.
Also, Dream Ball chairman Pamela Baxter, who is president and ceo of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Perfumes & Cosmetics North America, gave the award to the former chairman, Rita Mangan, who is senior vice president of national sales at Estée Lauder’s Bobbi Brown Essentials. Dan Brestle, the current contributions chairman who is also a group president at Lauder, presented the award to his predecessor, Robin Burns, who recently retired as president and ceo of Victoria Secret Beauty, Intimate Beauty Corp. and Aura Science.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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