NEW YORK — Anne Martin-Vachon has resigned as chief marketing officer of the Bath & Body Works Division of Limited Brands Inc.
Martin-Vachon had been viewed as a heavyweight addition to a stable of powerful executives when she was recruited from Procter & Gamble by then-chief executive officer Neil Fiske in September 2006.
Over the weekend, Martin-Vachon appeared grateful for having the opportunity to learn a great deal about retailing in the last year and a half. But she said without elaboration that she had decided to return "to what I love."
A Limited spokeswoman said the company plans on finding a successor for Martin-Vachon, who is expected to leave in mid-March. She had been reporting to Diane Neal, ceo of BBW. Neal had risen to the top job in June, after Fiske resigned to become president and ceo of Eddie Bauer in Seattle.
Prior to joining BBW, Martin-Vachon had been a more than 20-year veteran at P&G, where she was vice president of global cosmetics. During her career there, Martin-Vachon worked on brands such as Cover Girl, Max Factor, Olay, Ivory and Crest. — Pete Born
Fragrance Marketers Appeal
PARIS — Twenty fragrance brands have appealed a decision handed down by Paris' criminal court, which ruled their scents had not been counterfeited.
Represented by the Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté, some 20 beauty brands, including Chanel, L'Oréal-owned Lancôme and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Parfums Christian Dior, Kenzo and Guerlain, had initiated proceedings against a number of companies that market scents with the claim that they smell similar to branded fragrances.
"These fragrances claimed to have a similar olfactory identity to big-name brands," said a court spokeswoman.
Both the prosecutor and the FEBEA have appealed the decision, made on Feb. 15. The case will next be heard by Paris' court of appeal. — Ellen Groves
Inter Parfums Profits Leap 57.1%
Inter Parfums Inc. said Monday its specialty retail business helped propel a 32 percent rise in fourth-quarter revenues as profits vaulted 57.1 percent to $8.6 million from $5.5 million a year ago.
“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
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
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