Pouring rain didn’t deter members of the beauty industry from attending the Independent Cosmetic Manufactures and Distributors’ 2013 Cosmetic Innovator of the Year Awards on Tuesday.
Held at Battery Gardens Restaurant in New York, the awards celebrated innovative products that bowed in 2012. The companies behind the winning brands will take part in the City 2013 Beauty Trunk Show, held Aug. 13 to 30 at New Beauty at Fred Segal, Ron Robinson Apothia, Peninsula, C.O. Bigelow, Henri Bendel, Brownes & Co. Apothecary and Beautysage.com.
“A great brand is a story well told, it has a beginning and doesn’t end,” said Ian Ginsberg, chairman of the board of ICMAD and president of C.O. Bigelow. “It’s not just a great package, there has to be an emotional component to it, now more than ever.”
According to the organization, the event, which has taken place since 2004, is intended to offer a platform for companies to display their products for national retailers. Winners were selected by five judges hailing from the beauty, design and marketing industries, including Ron Robinson, former cosmetics chemist and founder of BeautyStat.com; Maria Corbiscello, president of Studio MC²; Jerome Bérard of Bérard Associates; David Lyon, executive director at Syntex NYC, and Laura Kenney, editor in chief of YouBeauty.com.
At the event, keynote speaker and award presenter Carol Hamilton, president of L’Oréal’s luxury product division, said although she has always worked on big brands, she has a great admiration for the Indies.
“[When looking at new brands for L’Oréal’s luxury division] we look at the brilliance of the brand,” said Hamilton. “But also how they fit into our brand portfolio and if they complement our current brands. I would not want to bring in a competitor, I would want to bring in a sister brand that really builds our portfolio.”
The winners included:
Best Color Cosmetic Product: Ecru Lifestyle Beauty — Beauty Addicts: ShowOff Mascara
Best Skin Care Face Product: Dr. Dennis Gross — Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum
Best Bath & Body Product: Daily Concepts — Your Body Scrubber Best Fragrance Product: Intertrade Europe — Eight & Bob
Best Hair Care Product: Oribe — Gold Lust
Best Color Cosmetic Package Design: Blinc — Ultrathin Eyeliner Pen
Best Skin Care Face Package Design: IT Cosmetics — Bye Bye Redness Color Correcting Cream with Stand & Brush Best Bath & Body Package Design: Thyme — Temple Tree Jasmine Body Lotion Best Fragrance Package Design: Intertrade Europe: Eight & Bob
Best Marketing Print Ad: Cosmetic Insurance Services — Not a Time of Loss Best Social Media Campaign: NYX Cosmetics — 2012 NYX Face Awards
Best Grass Roots Marketing Campaign: The Elixery — Dessa (Lipstick)
Color Cosmetics: Classic Cosmetics — Jelly Eye Shadow
“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