NEUTROGENA’S NEW FACE: “Californication” actress Natascha McElhone has been tapped as Neutrogena’s brand ambassador for facial moisturizers and treatments. McElhone will be featured in a national TV and print campaign as the face of the new Neutrogena Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration product line, which enters stores in February. She joins Diane Lane, Jennifer Garner, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere and Gabrielle Union, who also front the brand. McElhone stars in the Showtime comedy series “Californication” opposite actor David Duchovny.
RETAIL MOVES: At least two U.K. beauty retail executives are printing up new business cards. Gina Cowey has been named Liberty’s beauty buyer, while Catherine Miller was appointed divisional manager for Selfridges’ beauty hall in its Oxford Street flagship. Cowey, who took on her new role in January, replaces Angela Creasy as Liberty’s beauty buyer. Creasy, who left Liberty, spearheaded the specialty store’s beauty buying for 12 years. Cowey, formerly beauty apothecary buyer at Harrods, will work with Liberty’s recently appointed buying director Edwin Burstell. Miller, previously men’s wear sales manager at Harvey Nichols, will work with Selfridges’ Oxford Street store director Maeve Wall and David Walker-Smith, Selfridges’ director of men’s wear and beauty. Miller took on the position earlier this month, replacing Deborah Roberts, who joined Groupe Clarins last year.
CASTING A RETAIL WEB: United Perfumes is widening its retail reach. The London-based distributor, which markets the Olivina bath-and-body brand and Apothia, the fragrance and home-scent line, as well as Cire Trudon candles, will add an e-tailing section to its Web site in March. For an additional fix, Apothia is currently rolling out eight hand-and-body washes, and Cire Trudon’s 12-unit candle line is getting six new scents, including Ernesto, which is meant to recall a hotel bar in Cuba with notes of rum, bergamot, patchouli, tobacco and leather. X MARKS THE SPOT: G-Spot Cosmetics, which set up shop on London’s Conduit Street in March, is hoping to find a niche in the makeup market. The brand’s lineup includes foundation, lipstick, lip gloss, eye shadow and blush presented in black packaging designed to appeal to men as well as women. Its 700-square-foot store is meant to have a similar cross-gender allure. Lip gloss sells for $12 and foundation costs $20. The store and web site generate monthly sales of around $35,000, sources said.
LAB RESULTS: M Lab, the prestige treatment line by Milbar Laboratories, is ratcheting up strong sales despite tough times, according to Truitt Bell, Milbar’s president and chief executive officer. He said the brand’s revenues from September through December 2008 grew 100 percent, and full-year sales increased by 38 percent. Its Anti-Aging Treatment Cream is a Top 10 skin-care item among the 30,000 sold in Harrods. Bell attributed gains to promotions, where one gift-with-purchase event at Harrods helped the brand triple its customer base there in four weeks. An acne treatment is planned for February, and skin brightening products and tinted moisturizes are slated for fall.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)