WINNERS’ CIRCLE: Andrea Jung is going to need to make some space in her trophy cabinet. The Avon Products Inc. chairman and chief executive officer has been named the Cosmetic Executive Women (U.K.) Lifetime Achiever 2010. She will be honored at CEW (U.K.)’s Achiever Awards in October.
TAAZ.COM APPOINTMENT: Maggie Ciafardini, who was formerly the chief executive officer of the beauty division of Yves Saint Laurent USA, has been named general manager of beauty and retail at virtual makeover Web site Taaz.com, a New York-based post. In her new position, Ciafardini is to further expand Taaz’s “reach and impact” in the virtual makeup space, the firm stated. Prior to YSL’s beauty division, Ciafardini held senior executive positions at Beauté Prestige International USA, Bobbi Brown, Estée Lauder International and Benetton Cosmetics Corp.
SAFE LIGHT: CND is fighting recent data that found UV lamps in nail salons put users at an extraordinary risk of cancer of the hands. According to Dr. David Valia, director of research and development for CND, the amount of energy from a UV lamp during a nail service would be roughly equivalent to the amount of UV exposure one would experience during a typical full day of exposure in indoor fluorescent lighting. A press release by CND, a global leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty, explained that “UV light sources such as the ones used for curing nail products emit UV energy at a very low level. Nail lamps emit a UV light at a very narrow section of the UVA region, while both indoor lighting and sunlight emit UV light across a much broader spectrum including UVA, UVB, and UVC….Considering the minimal exposure of minutes drying nail color under a UV lamp versus the percentage of time spent unprotected in the sun or the office, the anxieties of getting skin damage from a manicure are disproportionate to the truth.”
OPI FOUNDER EXPANDS PORTFOLIO: George W. Schaeffer, founder of OPI, acquired Aloxxi Professional Hair Care from Alberto-Culver Co. on April 1. The all-cash deal allows him to expand his color expertise (OPI is the largest professional nail lacquer company) into the hair color segment. Schaeffer said, “When it comes to the salon business, hair and nails are the two areas where color reigns….After having built OPI Products Inc. into a giant within the professional nail category, entering the professional hair color category is a natural next step and an incredibly exciting opportunity.” Schaeffer will run Aloxxi as a separate, independent company not associated with OPI. Aloxxi Hair Colour products includes permanent, tone-on-tone, nonammonia and no-lift plant dye formulations, as well as a range of premium backbar products. The new Aloxxi offices are located in Southern California, where the brand’s former parent company, Nexxus, operated. Managing director Myriam Clifford will work with Schaeffer on growing the brand. The deal took place 29 years to the day Schaeffer purchased Odontorioum Products Inc., the dental supply house which became OPI.
DEAN’S LIST: Hairstylist Chaz Dean has introduced $32 Replenishing Treatment Mist in three varieties — fig, sweet almond mint and lavender — to his shampoo-less Wen hair and body care product line. “It has 15 different extracts in it, and each one I added for a very specific reason because, when you are spraying down your hair, I wanted to make sure you are keeping the body,” he said. Tea tree and cucumber aloe versions of the mist will be available in September, a month before Dean is planning to launch a new cleansing conditioner he described as helping smooth and polish hair. Guthy-Renker also recently shot updated infomercials for Wen with host Alyssa Milano, who replaces Melissa Gilbert, and actress Holly Robinson Peete that are slated to hit television airwaves later this year, according to Dean.
PUR ARTIST: Jackie Gomez has been named the in-house makeup artist at mineral makeup brand Pür Minerals in her first official capacity with a beauty brand. Gomez, who has worked extensively with Beyoncé Knowles, Kerry Washington and Zoe Saldana, will be creating how-to videos for Pür Minerals, translating the latest beauty trends for everyday wear, and introducing new products to consumers. The 27-year-old gravitated toward the healthful benefits of Pür Minerals, which she said are essential for celebrities who need to preserve their skin, and the versatility of its products. “I don’t have to travel with such a big bag. I have the Pür Minerals’ products that multitask, and I can still achieve a beautiful look,” she said. Pür Minerals is owned by Atlanta-based Astral Brands and is available at Ulta and Dillard’s, where its prices range from $15 to $40.
BODY SHOP MOVES: The Coop Group has inked a master franchising agreement for The Body Shop in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and it has acquired The Body Shop Switzerland SA. Ivan Levy, The Body Shop Switzerland’s cofounder, will remain at the company as chief executive officer. The business, which counts 37 doors and generates annual sales of more than 30 million Swiss francs, or $26 million at current exchange, will be run autonomously within Coop Group. Coop operates supermarkets, perfumeries and restaurants, among other businesses.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye