Earlier in his career, Coty Inc. chief executive officer Michele Scannavini worked at Ferrari as the commercial and marketing director, where his duties included zooming around a motor track in the fabled sports car. That early exposure to speed has served him well—in the last year alone, Scannavini was named ceo of Coty, taking the reins from his former boss Bernd Beetz, and oversaw its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, beauty’s biggest IPO of the last decade. Now, Scannavini faces a bigger—and more immediate—challenge, namely, to diversify and globalize the $4.6 billion company, and transform it from a significant player in fragrance into a full-fledged competitor in color cosmetics and skin care as well. In other words, the executive is just getting started, as I learned when I spent time with Scannavini and his senior management team, a tight-knit group who love to play as hard as they work. To discover how they are transforming Coty under their new leader, turn to “Setting the Pace” on page 18.
Coty is not alone in its ambitions to become dominant in the prestige skin care sector. Mass retailers from Amazon to Target have made no secret of their desire to establish themselves as players in that realm. To that end, the pace of activity is unrelenting, from Target acquiring the online player DermStore.com, to Amazon’s much-anticipated unveiling of its Luxury Beauty Store. But as Rachel Brown, WWD’s West Coast beauty editor, reports in “Site Plan,” for many brands, these developments pose as many challenges as they do opportunities. Find out why on page 28.
Forging a bold partnership with Target certainly paid off well for makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, whose namesake line launched in the retailer 15 years ago and has posted gains every year. Her husband, Daniel Kaner, is an equally as successful entrepreneur in the hair-care sector, most recently cofounding Oribe Hair Care. Happily, Kashuk and Kaner agreed to be the first subjects for Double Major, a new WWD Beauty Inc feature which will appear in each issue starting next February, featuring a candid conversation between two like-minded business greats. Who would you like to hear from in the year ahead? E-mail me at email@example.com and let me know.
@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