IN THE COURTROOM: A hearing is set for Sept. 3 and a trial is expected toward year-end in the case pitting Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of L’Oréal’s founder, against photographer François-Marie Banier. It is the latest twist in an ongoing saga, which began in December 2007, when Bettencourt Meyers lodged a complaint in the public prosecutor’s office of Nanterre, France, for “exploitation of weakness.” This followed her mother Liliane Bettencourt giving Banier gifts of almost 1 billion euros, or $1.4 billion at current exchange, in the form of financial investments and artwork. Bettencourt Meyer’s lawyer Olivier Metzner has begun proceedings in Nanterre’s criminal court.
NEW MAN BEHIND MATRIX: Colin Walsh has been named the new vice president and general manager of Matrix U.S., effective July 20. Walsh, most recently vice president of Marketing and Education for Maly’s West/Saloncentric, L’Oréal’s distribution subsidiary, has been with L’Oréal since 2000 in various sales, marketing, product development and distribution roles. As general manager, he will be responsible for strengthening the brand’s development within the firm’s distribution network and building connections with hairdressers. “His diverse background and career successes in brand development, sales and distribution have prepared him well for this exciting new opportunity,” said Pat Parenty, president, U.S. Brands Professional Products Division at L’Oréal. Walsh replaces Francesca Raminella, who left the firm earlier this year.
ALL-IN-ONE: A desire for simplicity has helped usher in grooming products that offer multiple benefits in one formulation — think shampoo and conditioner in the same bottle. Now, 3-in-1 products are becoming all the rage among men: Nivea for Men has introduced Active 3, a body wash, shampoo and shave gel all in one bottle (8.4 oz., ranging in price from $4.49 to $5.99 depending on the retail outlet). Also Pert Plus for Men has introduced its own 3-in-1 product, which combines shampoo, conditioner and body wash (12 oz. for roughly $5). Could 4-in-1 be that far down the road?
L’OREAL TAPS DEL CASTILLO: Starting this fall, L’Oréal will begin running TV and print ads featuring its new spokeswoman, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo. Del Castillo has appeared in numerous productions, including the film “Under the Same Moon,” the play “Blackbird,” and is currently featured in the Showtime TV show “Weeds.” Del Castillo will be the new face for Excellence hair color. “With her luminous beauty, inner strength and kind spirit, Kate makes a wonderful addition to the L’Oréal Paris brand and embodies the ‘Because I’m Worth It’ philosophy,” said Karen T. Fondu, president of the L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal USA.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)