FOUNDATION TO HONOR LOFTUS: Donald J. Loftus, president and chief executive officer of P&G Prestige Products Inc., will be honored by the Fragrance Foundation at its annual Circle of Champions dinner, which will be held Oct. 6 in the St. Regis Hotel. “Without a doubt, everyone in our industry loves, respects and admires Don Loftus,” said Rochelle Bloom, president of the Fragrance Foundation. “As soon as his name was put forward, the reaction by everyone on the board was a unanimous, spontaneous and resounding hurrah.” Past honorees have included Leonard Lauder, chairman of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., and Michael Gould, chairman and ceo of Bloomingdale’s.
STUDIO CHIEF: Nicole Ostoya has joined Studio USA LLC, owner of Studio Beautymix at Fred Segal and Studio Beautymix’s wholesale brands, including Memoire Liquide and Burn, as chief executive officer. Among Ostoya’s previous posts were ceo of online shopping network iDTV Studios, director of business development at Benefit Cosmetics and Nordstrom merchandise manager. Ostoya said she has three main responsibilities at Studio: “Recapturing our cachet as the West Coast indie beauty brand retail store, building a vibrant wholesale business and creating a big presence on the Web.” In the next few weeks, a retooled Web site will launch for Studio Beautymix with a video channel to deliver beauty content in a “funny, quirky” manner, according to Ostoya. Robin Coe-Hutshing set up shop at the 4,000-square-foot Studio in 1984 with her sister Jennifer Coe-Bakewell, and recently struck up a partnership with Los Angeles firm Intermix Capital Partners.
CLARISONIC CLEANS UP: Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, marketer of Clarisonic products, has raised roughly $3 million during a fund-raising round from investors that included San Francisco-based private equity firm Rosewood Capital and Seattle-based Alliance of Angels. In 2007, Seattle-based Pacific Bioscience Laboratories secured a $10.5 million private equity placement from Angels and Rosewood Capital. In August, Pacific Bioscience Laboratories is launching the Mia, a $149 travel version of its Clarisonic skin cleansing device aimed at young consumers, in Sephora stores and at sephora.com. Starting next month, the device will be available at clarisonic.com.
ROGAINE GOES PRESTIGE: Thom Priano of Garren New York Salon has been named to the new role of spokesman for Rogaine, who will look to educate consumers, stylists and the media on how to treat and style thinning hair. Priano, a user of Rogaine, said it’s “important for people to know that Rogaine is an effective hair regrowth treatment.”
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia