HSN DEBUT: Pangea Organics is helping make the case that organic skin care products have reached their tipping point this year. The Boulder, Colo.-based brand made its HSN debut Thursday, is launching next week at Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong, will hit Macy’s shelves in October and, in the spring, will enter Sephora stores in Europe. Pangea founder Joshua Onysko estimated the brand has tripled its distribution in the past year and will be available in 2,000 doors by the end of this year. He added that Pangea has experienced growth surpassing 650 percent in the past 20 months and expects to generate some $10 million in sales this year. “This has been the fastest year of my life,” he said. For holiday, Pangea is introducing three different gift boxes containing three items each that, when planted, sprout spruce trees. The gift boxes are priced at $30 to $40, while Pangea’s entire range runs from roughly $7 to $40. The brand has also partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP on a kids’ line called The Lorax Project, which will be unveiled with some 21 products in the spring.
BASIC MOVE: Basic Research, the Salt Lake City-based distributor of the StriVectin and Amatokin skin care brands, has named Brad Stewart president. Stewart, a 25-year veteran of finance and operations, joined the firm in May 2007 as chief financial officer. Prior to joining Basic Research, Stewart had spent eight years at Arthur Andersen. He also has directed and completed two initial public offerings and has experience in foreign exchange transactions. GREEN SCENE: Neal’s Yard Remedies will host its first annual Natural Beauty Honours award ceremony next Thursday, which will pay tribute to people the British beauty brand believes have helped increase eco-awareness in the health and beauty fields. The first recipients of the accolade will be designer Bella Freud, Zac and Sheherazade Goldsmith, Jade Jagger and Green & Blacks chocolate brand founder Josephine Fairley. CREATIVE LAUNCH: Niche fragrance marketer Creative Universe is rolling out its seventh scent, a citrusy blend of green mandarin, vanilla, amber and rose petals that’s called Element of Attraction. The women’s eau de toilette, which was first introduced in June, is to reach a new women’s fashion boutique, called Pas de Deux, on East 11th Street in Manhattan next week. Element of Attraction comes in a 4.3-oz. bottle priced at $72. The Creative Universe brand, which was launched in 1995 by founder Beth Terry, is carried at 150 stores worldwide including Barneys New York and Colette in Paris. BOUFFANTS AND BUBBLY: Starting November, frizz-phobes visiting the Channel Islands will be able to head straight to the Grand Hotel Jersey for tress-taming over cocktails. The hotel has teamed up with straightening irons brand GHD to offer the “GHD Spa Bar” — tables located in its Champagne bar equipped with straighteners and moveable mirrored screens. The service is free but on weekends, patrons must book in advance and purchase of a bottle of Champagne.
“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