NEW YORK — Familiar faces like Jill Scalamandre and firms like Coty and Chanel were among the top honorees at the HBA Global Expo awards held here Tuesday night.
Scalamandre, who took home the Lifetime Achievement Award in Marketing, is a 25-year veteran of the beauty industry, having worked at Revlon, Prada, Avon and, now, Chrysallis, the beauty arm of Greenwich, Conn.-based private equity firm Catterton Partners.
Still, "I'm a little too young" to be considered for a lifetime award, she joked during the sixth annual awards presentation, which took place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. "I have so much more to achieve."
Scalamandre, who is chief marketing officer at Chrysallis, cited the "visionary" people she has encountered throughout her career, including former Revlon executive Annette Golden, Miuccia Prada, Avon chief executive officer Andrea Jung, Cosmetic Executive Women president Carlotta Jacobson and her current boss, Melisse Shaban, ceo of Chrysallis.
"These are my teachers," said Scalamandre, who insisted that she has merely completed the first phase of her career, or "lifetime."
The awards presentation was emceed by CW11 News at Ten weekend anchor Mary Murphy and it benefitted the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.
Ralph Macchio, senior vice president of global research and development and chief scientific officer at Coty Inc., received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Product Development.
While introducing Macchio, Coty ceo Bernd Beetz called him "a truly exceptional man." Beetz added that Macchio is responsible for "a great stream of innovation that has allowed us to build the business from a $1 billion company to a $3.5 billion company."
Macchio praised his R&D team for "continually innovating and coming up with big ideas."
Packaging Executive of the Year honors went to Chanel Inc.'s Scott Widro, the firm's vice president of materials management and manufacturing. Widro quipped that the last time he won an award it was during Little League baseball when he was 11 years old, "but I don't know if you can compare that to this night."
Donna Karan's Gold fragrance was honored twice, once with the HBA International Package Design Grand Award, and also as the Category Leader for Fragrance Limited.Within the evening's HBA International Package Design Awards presentation, there were eight products in addition to Donna Karan Gold that were honored as Category Leaders. They were Go Light On My Lips by EGgorgeous in the Cosmetics Mass category; Flip For It Spring Color Kit by Mark in Cosmetics Limited; Affection by Mary Kay in Fragrance Mass; Shu Uemura Art of Hair in Personal Care; Caviar Seasilk Collection by Alterna in Professional Distribution; Anew Clinical Spider Vein by Avon in Skin Care Mass; Freeze & Go by Freeze 24-7 in Skin Care Limited, and PlantLove Lipstick by Cargo Cosmetics in Eco-Friendly Packaging.
Jergens and FusionBeauty were both honored with the New Product R&D Technical Team Award. Jergens was recognized for its Natural Glow daily moisturizer and FusionBeauty for its LipFusion XL lip plumper.
Two International Technology Awards were given out and Silab took Best New Technology honors for its Coheliss technology, while Cognis received the Best New Technology Launch Award for its so-called "green" surfactant, alkyl polyglucoside.
The International Cosmetics News Award went to Inter Parfums Inc., and the Fragranced Product Marketer of the Year Award went to the Dawn Simple Pleasures marketing team for its soap dish and air freshener.
“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.
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