BOOTS CHANGES: Boots International North America has officially named Kevan Quantock as the company's chief executive officer. He replaces Martin Waters, who recently joined Limited Brands Inc. as executive vice president and head of international. Quantock, who has led Boots' team in North America since Waters' departure in February, has a 15-year history at the U.K.-based health and beauty retailer. Quantock is credited with aiding the company's international development over the last eight years, and in the U.S. he helped establish Boots' relationship with both Target and CVS. The company also made several additional management changes in sales and marketing. Effective immediately, Steve Lloyd, Boots' vice president of operations, will also oversee sales as senior vice president, sales and operations. Former vice president of marketing, Dave Robinson has been named vice president of product and business development. Sandra Gabriele, previously director of communications, has been promoted to vice president of communications.
CLARINS APPOINTMENTS: Clarins Group USA has promoted two executives within its Clarins Brand Division and Clarins Fragrance Group business units. Caroline Pieper-Vogt, senior vice president of marketing for the firm's Clarins Brand Division, has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing for My Blend by Olivier Courtin, M.D. In addition to her responsibilities with the Clarins brand, Pieper-Vogt now also oversees sales, marketing, public relations and training for the My Blend skin care brand. Additionally, Danyelle Boilard-Paul has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing for Clarins Fragrance Group. She was formerly senior vice president of sales for the fragrance group. While Boilard-Paul will continue to oversee sales and training, she is also now responsible for the fragrance group's marketing, creative and public relations operations.
FRESHWATER PEARL: Pearl Lowe is swapping glad rags for toweling robes. The rock chick-turned-designer has inspired a treatment menu at London's The Spa at Chancery Court hotel, which includes Black Pearl, a hot-and-cold stone massage in a Gothic-style treatment room and Rock and Rose, a facial. Available from June through the summer, the menu also features Crazy for Daisy, a manicure and pedicure that's an ode to Lowe's daughter, model Daisy Lowe. Treatments, which feature ESPA products, range in price from 95 pounds, or $188 at current exchange, to 130 pounds, or $257.
SCENT OF SPELLS: Laura Mercier will introduce Nuits Enchantées (Enchanted Nights, in English), a limited edition fragrance, exclusively in the U.K. starting in June. "Laura Mercier already has a strong presence in the U.K. and we wanted to build on that momentum by launching this fragrance exclusively in the U.K. market," said Hannah Roberts, the brand's marketing manager for the U.K., Europe and Ireland. Inspired by the tales from "Arabian Nights," the scent's juice, which was blended by Givaudan perfumer James Krivda, includes notes of mocha, mace, cardamom, mandarin, ginger, rose and amber. Three thousand 60-ml. bottles of Nuits Enchantées priced at 60 pounds, or $118 at current exchange, will be available. The fragrance will have a two-week exclusive at Harrods from June 15 before bowing in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols July 1.
GOLD MINE: When it comes to skin care, Rocca Skincare is turning to gold. The items in the collection are composed of 24-karat gold and are designed to protect and rejuvenate the skin. The Cellular Gold Complex is composed of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, which are said to stimulate cell regeneration to minimize the signs of aging. Founder and president Laura DeLuisa LaRocca discovered the healing benefits of gold during the recovery process after suffering a kidney failure. Launching in July, the four items in the lineup will retail from $95 to $175.
HOT TICKET: Vavoom hair care and Entertainment Weekly partnered for a third time last week to host a party during the Network Upfronts, an event when TV network executives meet with major advertisers. The party, held at the Bowery Hotel on Tuesday, drew members of the cast of "Gossip Girl," "Lipstick Jungle," "Friday Night Lights" and "Ugly Betty." The party helped promote the hair care brand's new Shape Maker hair spray collection, two reworkable hair sprays that are designed to leave hair soft and shiny. Vavoom celebrity stylist Ammon Carver attended the party as well, and even styled "Cashmere Mafia" star Bonnie Somerville's hair for the party using new Vavoom Shape Maker.
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle