What could be better for business than Côte d'Azur sunshine and a flute of Champagne?
Attendees at the WPC here enjoyed a host of cocktail parties on the town's Croisette, as well as trips to nearby Saint-Tropez and La Bastide Saint-Antoine.
Midweek, Givaudan whisked away more than 200 guests to dine at the Château de la Napoule, west of Cannes. A candlelit drive led to the castle, which was adorned with Givaudan's logo in lights for the soiree.
"It doesn't come much better than an old French chateau with terraces overlooking the sea just outside Cannes," said consultant Denise Belcham, founder of BrandScents. "I think this type of setting — steeped in history, evocative of times gone by, a touch of understated glamour — is very fitting for our creative industry."
"This location is very unique," added Gilles Andrier, chief executive officer of Givaudan, as he welcomed beauty executives and consultants, "because of its history — an American built up this medieval-looking castle in the early 20th century — and the fact that it is not a regular restaurant or hotel, but an art foundation."
Executives from the industry's leading names, including the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.'s Trudi Loren, Procter & Gamble's Sumit Bhasin and Camille McDonald of Bath & Body Works mingled with Givaudan executives, as well as senior perfumers like Ursula Wandel, who reminisced about Hugo Woman, the best-selling scent she created 10 years ago.
The week ended with a gala dinner on the roof garden of the Palais des Festivals, replete with fireworks and Sixties hits played by The Overtures, the band that played at Elton John's wedding. WPC chairman Jean-Pierre Subrenat lauded International Flavors & Fragrances chairman Robert Amen for being the first person among the hundreds to hit the dance floor.
"It's a privilege to be in an industry here just to make people happy," said Véronique Gabaï-Pinsky, president of Aramis and Designer Fragrances for Estée Lauder. "It's up to us to continue to rock. Let's pump up the volume, make people happy and enjoy ourselves while we're doing it."
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
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“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)