MARRAKECH, Morocco — Kate Moss is lending her sense of style to her debut fragrance, dubbed Kate.
The model, along with Coty Inc., her beauty license holder, feted the launch with a sumptuous soiree in a quirky art-filled space in the medina here Thursday.
The beauty giant aims to capitalize on the wide-ranging appeal that has kept Moss the toast of the fashion set and a household name for two decades.
“[We will] tap into consumer groups that we haven’t tapped into before,” said Bernd Beetz, chief executive officer of Coty, who added the company is building its portfolio on fashion-, designer- and celebrity-oriented pillars. “[Moss] overlaps fashion and celebrity.”
Industry sources estimate the scent, which will bow in Europe and Asia starting in September, will generate $50 million at retail in its first year. Its U.S. launch is planned for spring or fall 2008. The fragrance will be sold through a network of prestige doors and drug stores with perfumery sections. Price points will range from 20 euros, or $27 at current exchange, to 45 euros, or $60, depending on product size.
The scent’s pink-tinted juice, concocted by Firmenich perfumer Nathalie Lorson, is a floral musk. Lutz Herrmann designed its glass flacon, which is topped with a vintage-style black cap. Pink outer packaging is decorated with a black rose design complete with thorns.
Moss worked with photographer Craig McDean on the ad campaign, which comprises a close-up of the model holding a black rose with a thorn brushing her lip. John Mathieson directed television spots showing Moss walking through a field of thistles, which transform into black roses.
“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