BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: To mark the drugstore’s return to Times Square, Walgreens planned to flip the switch on a massive, three-sided billboard soaring 341 feet above the street Thursday night at 8 p.m. The billboard, spanning 17,000 square feet, is billed as the nation’s most advanced digital sign, complete with 12 million energy-efficient light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. The store, located on 42nd Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue, is Walgreens’ 11th in Manhattan, and its 53rd store across all five boroughs, up from 35 two years ago.
JUST IN CASE: Beauty.com has partnered with fashion designer Rachel Roy for a gift-with-purchase program that allows customers who spend at least $100 on the site to obtain a black case designed by Roy. The item, which has a glossy, woven exterior and a satin interior pouch, also includes an interior label reading “Rachel Roy New York Beauty.com.” Marketing materials show more than a dozen beauty products that come along with the case, which has a $150 value. Beauty.com is a wholly owned subsidiary of Drugstore.com. THESE FOUR WALLS: Philosophy — the plucky, feel-good beauty brand — plans to open a third stand-alone store on Nov. 28, in Santa Monica, Calif., marking the company’s first store outside of its home base in Phoenix. Philosophy plans to open another three to five units next year as part of an effort to test its retail expansion plan, according to the company. The 851-square-foot store in Santa Monica, located on Montana Avenue, will offer treatments including peels, Philosophy’s signature “makeunders” and skin care consultations. The space was designed by M.J. Munsell from the design firm Callison, and includes a center island where customers can experiment before they buy. NEW DIGS: Paul Labrecque is taking over the existing salon at the exclusive The Core Club, and will offer spa, salon and men’s grooming services. The new location brings Labrecque’s total salon count to three. While The Core Club, located at 66 East 55th Street, is a lifestyle club for members only, the salon will be open to the public. PERFUMER APPOINTMENT: Jean-Michel Duriez is turning his nose to Procter & Gamble’s Rochas fragrance businesses. The perfumer, who has overseen fragrance development at P&G’s Jean Patou brand for a decade, has been named in-house nose at Rochas. He will continue to hold the same role at Patou. Duriez is one of only a handful of in-house noses working within the industry today, as beauty brands typically outsource fragrance creation. In October, P&G inked a global licensing deal with Gibò to manufacture and distribute Rochas ready-to-wear. P&G shuttered the money-losing fashion house in 2006. STOUTE APPEAL: With Jay-Z pouring on the praise from a video screen and Mary J Blige cheering from the audience, Steve Stoute was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement of the American Advertising Federation. The awards are given to top advertising professionals aged 40 and under. Stoute, founder and chief creative officer of Translation Consultation + Brand Imaging, was one of eight recipients during a luncheon Tuesday at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street. As a music label executive and brand marketer, he has produced campaigns for McDonald’s, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., Samsung and General Motors. He also is chairman of Carol’s Daughter, a beauty and personal care brand. Lisa Price, founder and president of the brand, was one of the presenters. Before the ceremony, she said it was nice that Stoute was getting credit for the work that is widely known. “Everyone knows the McDonald’s campaign; they can hum the jingle,” she said. “They just don’t know that Steve did it.” During the video tribute, John Demsey, a group president at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., said, “He’s a marketing and communications genius.”
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion