TEAMWORK WORKS: Dan and Dean Caten, the identical twins behind the label Dsquared, presented an efficient front Thursday at a personal appearance in Milan’s La Rinascente department store in front of the city’s Duomo. There to greet customers for their new women’s scent, She Wood, the brothers divided up the tasks at hand — Dan signed bottles of the scent, while Dean spritzed it onto wrists. Taking in the crowd of about 150 fans who showed up, Dan said, “It’s crazy. We love meeting the people who wear our scents and our clothes. It makes people understand who we are and that we are passionate about our work.”
STYLE WISE: Hana, a new maker of flatirons, is expanding into adjunct products including hair dryers and serums in a bid to capitalize on the demand for high-end styling appliances. The Philadelphia-based company, which was formed in March this year, counts as its flagship product the Hana Elite Iron, which is priced at $189. But at the end of this month, it is launching two mini flatirons — one in pink, the other in blue — that are collapsible and contract to 5 inches in length, and can be extended to the size of a regular flatiron. They will retail for around $50.
INTER PARFUMS UP: The launch of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Féerie fragrance and Lanvin’s Jeanne Lanvin scent helped drive Inter Parfums SA’s third-quarter sales up 11.9 percent to $109.7 million at average exchange for the period. At constant exchange rates, sales spiked by 17.6 percent, the company stated. The firm, which is the Paris-based subsidiary of Inter Parfums Inc. in New York, reported that sales during the first nine months of the year totaled $306.2 million, an increase of 14.7 percent at current exchange and 21.3 percent at constant exchange. Its Burberry fragrance business generated sales of $194.7 million in the same time frame. That result, which represents an increase of 13 percent year-over-year at constant exchange, was largely driven by the successful worldwide launch of Burberry the Beat, the company said. In other Inter Parfums news, the company said the appointment of Chantal Roos as an independent director will be proposed at a board meeting in November, which is subject to approval.
PANTENE’S NEW LADIES: At a press event earlier this week, Pantene not only revealed the Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion line, a new range that uses cassia seed extract as a natural conditioner, but also revealed its two newest spokespeople. Padma Lakshmi, author and host of “Top Chef,” and Stacy London, co-host of “What Not to Wear,” will be featured in TV ads for Nature Fusion. The four-item line (two shampoos, two conditioners) rolls out to stores in February and will sell for $3.99 each. PACKAGING PACT: Garnier is getting tougher on excess waste. The L’Oréal-owned skin and hair care brand, which signed the ANIA ILEC Eco-Emballages agreement Thursday, aims to reduce its packaging by 15 percent in five years. Garnier stated it is so far the only beauty brand to have signed the agreement, which aims to cut the use of raw materials and CO2 emissions. In other L’Oréal news, the French beauty giant has donated 15 sculptures by artist Etienne-Martin to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Much of the artist’s work is on display at his namesake museum in Brittany. TRAVEL DEAL: Airport operators Aéroports de Paris and Schiphol Group announced a long-term industrial cooperation agreement Tuesday, which will involve the firms taking 8 percent stakes in each other. The deal, which is expected to be completed by the end of November, is meant to improve the companies’ competitiveness and retail operations and will be signed for an initial period of 12 years. It is expected to generate annual revenue and cost synergies of approximately $93 million at current exchange by 2013, according to the firms, and reduce capital expenditure by $23.6 million on average annually from 2013 onward. ADP’s stake in Schiphol represents an investment of $484.9 million, whereas Schiphol will purchase ADP share capital from the French state to the tune of $694.6 million.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye