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.
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