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.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.