COLUMBIA MAKES A MOVE: Parfums de Coeur has named Pete Columbia as vice president of sales. He joins Parfums de Coeur with 20 years experience in sales, marketing and general management at firms such as Unilever, Helene Curtis and Kao. Most recently, he was vice president of sales and marketing at Lornamead, where he helped turn around the Finesse and Yardley brands.
BICOASTAL BEAUTY: The Andy Lecompte Salon, located in West Hollywood, is adding a splash of color. The salon just tapped East Coast colorist Rita Hazan and stylist Sean James Deceurs to commute out West every six to eight weeks beginning June 28. Hazan and Deceurs service high-profile clients such as Madonna, Penélope Cruz and Lindsay Lohan.
ULTA ADDS CARGO, BLOW: Ulta is continuing its growth in product selection with its new partners, Cargo Cosmetics and Blow Hair Care. As of June 21, Cargo Cosmetics will be sold in all 320 Ulta stores in 35 states and on ulta.com. Along with carrying Cargo, Ulta also will be selling an exclusive 7-in-7 Kit, which consists of seven full-size cosmetic essentials including foundation, concealer, eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss, which will sell for $59. Blow, a hair care line specially designed to help women achieve a perfect blow out, enters Ulta doors August 1. Blow’s 17-item line includes a volumizing shampoo, Tress Relief, a leave-in conditioner, $22, and Beach Blow, a texturizing mist, $21.
WHAT A PAIR: On Monday at 10 p.m. EST, Cosmetic Executive Women will host a two-hour special on QVC called “CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Awards.” The show intends to “spotlight the award winners and the nominees” of the CEW Beauty Awards, said Allen Burke, director of beauty at QVC. Carlotta Jacobson, president of CEW, will appear on air to discuss CEW and the awards program, and to present what she deems the industry’s newest innovations. Representatives from each of the 11 brands will demonstrate and tell the story of the products. “We really want to speak to viewers who are really into beauty,” said Burke.
FAIR TRADE STAMP: The Fairtrade Foundation put its stamp on the beauty industry here Wednesday. The organization, which, up to now, has offered fair trade certification for clothing and foodstuffs in the U.K., widened its reach to include beauty products such as items by Boots, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Lush, Bubble & Balm and Essential Care. By Wednesday, 57 products, including lip balms, body butters and shower gels, were cleared to carry the label in the U.K., and others are expected to come on board in the near future, according to Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation. In order to qualify to carry the label, all the ingredients in a product that can be sourced through a fair trade venture must be certified as such, and companies must have a trading partnership in operation, which illustrates how they will support the producers to develop their businesses and communities.
BOLLYWOOD BLING: Swarovski has teamed with Bollywood makeup artist Ash Kumar to create a do-it-yourself henna and crystal body-art kit. Dubbed Swarovski Crystal Package, the kit comprises crystals and glitter gels as well as transfers, which can be used to create traditional henna designs. “I have always integrated Swarovski crystals into my henna designs, and when I approached Nadja [Swarovski], she thought it was a fabulous idea,” said Kumar, who also sells a more extensive line of henna makeup products online. The kit bowed this week at London’s Selfridges and is priced at 25 pounds, or $41 at current exchange.
BEHIND BEAUTY: Primping will become a cultural event in Paris in September as part of the Rives de la Beauté initiative. The five-day event, which was conceived to reveal the behind-the-scenes goings-on of the beauty industry, will include guided tours, lectures and product demonstrations. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Sephora and French Vogue have signed on as official sponsors of the event, which has a similar model to the design-oriented Milan Design Week or the art-focused Venice Biennale. Running from Sept. 16 to 20, Rives de la Beauté also will incorporate exhibitions, such as “An Unlikely Journey,” which will be held in the Louis Vuitton cultural space, and “The Bath and the Mirror” at the Cluny Museum. A guidebook will be available for the event, which will outline a beauty-oriented route to discovering Paris.
CANDLES AND VOLUME: Celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean is expanding his Wen hair and body care line. His latest is Wen Volumizing Spray, $32, a lavender-scented spray made with lavender oil, witch hazel and sea kelp, all said to promote volume and natural moisture. The spray was sold on QVC recently and within its first 24 hours, generated $3 million in sales, according to sources. Along with the spray, Wen also is launching soy aromatic candles. A holiday gift set of five travel-size candles will sell for $45.
MINERAL MOVE: Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics launched this month to hair and beauty chain Saks in the U.K. In the U.S., the Simi Valley, Calif.-based brand is carried in more than 10,000 doors. Youngblood’s assortment contains 190 stockkeeping units, priced from $11 to $43, including bestsellers Loose Mineral Foundation, Mineral Rice Setting Powder and Mineral Primer.
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