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."
@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)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)