COLOR EXPLOSION: Korres Natural Products is gearing up to expand its color collection, which was introduced in October at its Manhattan store, to some 22 Sephora stores. The Korres Color Collection launched on sephora.com late last year, doubling sales, according to the company. In keeping with Korres' homeopathic heritage, formulas contain Greek flora herbs and herbs said to have pharmaceutical properties, and food and natural ingredients. The products are also free of petroleum derivatives and propylene glycol. The collection ranges from lip butters and glosses to foundation and color.
NAILED IT: Minx Inc. wants to extend fashion to women's finger tips. The company is introducing to select salons and spas its line of colored and patterned flexible nail films, featuring sparkling metallic, personalized graphics and designs. According to the company, celebrities, including Beyoncé Knowles and Victoria Beckham, have already gotten their hands on Minx, which does not require drying time.
BIRKETT TO HBA: Jill Birkett has been appointed event director of the Cosmetics and Fragrances Business Division for CMPi, the producers of the HBA Global Expo events. In this role, Birkett will oversee the sales, marketing and operations of the annual HBA Global Expo and Educational Conference and look to grow the HBA brands, including the spring educational conferences and the HBA Industry Awards. She reports to John Stuttard, group vice president of the Fine Chemicals and Cosmetics Group of the International Exhibitions Division of CMPi. Prior to HBA, Birkett, who is a 25-year veteran in the events planning industry — was a founding partner of Unicomm LLC, a company specializing in launch events. Her experience includes the debuts of the RD&D Expo, in conjunction with ASME, and the World Genomics Conference and Exposition.
BEAUTIFUL CAUSE: A trio of beauty brands and Elle magazine have teamed up to create the temporary "Get Glam and Give Back" salon and spa at the Thompson Beverly Hills hotel for the three weekdays before Sunday's Academy Awards telecast. This year marks the fourth time Matrix-owned Biolage has created a private venue during the run-up to the Oscars to introduce products and pamper Hollywood talent, who are given a customized hair care regimen and a bag with products to follow that regimen at home. Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend, whose client list includes Penélope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon and Hilary Swank, is on hand to perfect hairdos. Donations are made to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on behalf of those receiving services. Biolage's launch is a five-product styling range costing $14 to $16 and is set to hit salons in April and May. Makeup brand Nars Cosmetics and nail polish brand Creative Nail Design also are participating in the temporary spa and salon. Some of CND's treatments include the Marine SpaPedicure with aromatherapy, and the Raw Earth SpaPedicure with earth-derived vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.TEMPTU MOVE: Temptu, the professional makeup line best known for its airbrush application foundation, has named JP McCary to the post of director of consumer sales. He began his new role on Tuesday. McCary's decade of experience includes working with prestige cosmetics brands, including Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown and Trish McEvoy. Prior to working at Temptu, he served as assistant vice president of Shu Uemura, where he oversaw sales education and events.
BIG LAW: L'Oréal USA has named Thomas Sarakatsannis general counsel and corporate secretary. He reports directly to Laurent Attal, president and chief executive officer. Sarakatsannis joined L'Oréal in 2005 as vice president and associate general counsel. Prior to L'Oréal, he served in the legal department of Avon Products Inc. Sarakatsannis replaces John Sullivan, who is retiring but is staying on through 2008 in a different capacity.
SELL, SELL, SELL: Top-selling Sephora employees may soon be off to the land of the Rising Sun. Skin care brand Boscia, whose parent, Fancl, is located in Japan, and Sephora teamed up to offer five-day trips to the retailer's top 18 skin care professionals — nine store directors with the highest percentage increase over skin care sales goals, and nine skin care specialists with the highest increase over goal in face moisturizers. The promotion ran Jan.1 to 31.
RECORD BREAKER: Clinique's latest offerings, which were launched on QVC on Sunday, marked the largest such two-hour beauty event in the channel's 21-year history. More than 41,000 units were ordered and six products sold out. Allen Burke, director of beauty merchandising for QVC, said, "Sunday's debut exceeded all of our expectations and represented a landmark event in the beauty industry."
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty