MAYBELLINE’S FALL FASHION WEEK LINEUP: Maybelline New York, the official cosmetic sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, announced Thursday which designers it would be supporting backstage for fall 2010. They include a mix of new and well-known designers, such as Vivienne Tam, Custo Barcelona, Carlos Miele, Tracy Reese, Max Azria, Rvca x Erin Wasson, Michael Angel and William Rast. The cosmetics brand, which is owned by L’Oréal USA, is using a makeup team managed by global makeup artist Charlotte Willer.
TRADING PLACES: Communications International Group has acquired business-to-business beauty title Cosmetic News Weekly and the cosmeticnews.com Web site, which were previously owned by Reed Business Information. The deal was inked on Jan. 15. “We felt it complemented our stable,” said Felim O’Brien, chief executive officer of CIG, which already counts Cosmetics International and Cosmetics Product Report among its titles. CosmeticNews Weekly previously was part of Cosmédias, which was incorporated into RBI in November and its international titles shuttered. RBI continues to publish beauty titles Cosmétique Hebdo, Coiffure de Paris and CosmetiqueMag.
CANDLE OFFERING: Thymes, the specialty fragrance marketer, is aiming to grow its home fragrance business with the launch this month of a candle collection called Offerings. The line features eight 9-oz. candles, priced at $26 each, with names and fragrances designed to strengthen personal connections, according to Amy Backman, marketing manager for the Minneapolis-based firm. The candles, called Good Luck, Happiness, Love, Friendship, Thankfulness, Abundance, Peace and Good Health, are slated to reach Thymes’ full distribution of 3,000 specialty boutiques by March or April. “We have 13 bath and body collections,” noted Backman, who added: “We’re hoping to expand our home fragrance assortment, as well.”
JAEGER MOVES: Joseph J. Jaeger has joined skin care brand Kate Somerville as chief operating officer. Prior to Kate Somerville, Jaeger was chief financial officer of Physicians Formula Holdings Inc. and held various positions at L’Oréal USA, including vice president of finance for the luxury goods division, vice president of finance for Maybelline and vice president of finance for L’Oréal’s cosmetics and fragrance division. Kate Somerville, which has a skin care clinic in West Hollywood, Calif., and sells products at Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, merged with San Francisco-based private equity firm JH Partners in 2007.
GROOMING GUY: Grooming Lounge, the Washington-based men’s salon, has named John Mulgrew national sales director. In his new post, Mulgrew, who spent seven years at men’s salon hair care brand American Crew and was most recently president, will be responsible for marketing Grooming Lounge’s product line, cultivating relationships with a broader customer base and initiating relationships with manufacturers. Prior to joining American Crew, Mulgrew, a 20-year beauty industry veteran, worked at hair care firm Kenra as well as Toni & Guy.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)