L’OREAL PARIS TO CLOSE STORES: L’Oréal Paris is planning on closing its two stores on Saturday. The stores, located in Beverly Center in Los Angeles and Westfarms mall in Farmington, Conn., were often referred to as Living Labs given their insight to customer shopping habits, merchandising and marketing issues. In response to the closings, the French beauty giant said in a statement it is now “exploring new alternative venues to reach consumers.” The news of the closings, which was first reported by drugstorenews.com, follows a host of changes at L’Oréal, most recent of which includes a new president at its North American operation, Frederic Roze. Business at L’Oréal’s two Lancôme stores appear to be operating as usual.
SHISEIDO MOVES: Shiseido Cosmetics America Ltd. has promoted two executives within its sales department. Susan Albino, who was most recently executive director of sales for the Northeast region, has been named vice president of sales for Shiseido Cosmetics America, the firm stated, adding that she will oversee sales for the Shiseido and Clé de Peau Beauté brands. Albino, a 30-year veteran of the beauty industry, will report to Heidi Manheimer, chief executive officer of Shiseido Cosmetics America. Additionally, Grace Ginn, who has been with Shiseido for 20 years, has been promoted to area vice president of sales for the West Coast, reporting to Albino.
REVLON CHANGES: Revlon Inc. has broadened the role of Alan T. Ennis, the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. The beauty firm’s board has elected Ennis as a director of the company and president of Revlon International, a business that he oversaw in 2008 in addition to his cfo duties. The changes will become effective Saturday. Ennis joined Revlon in March 2005 as senior vice president, internal audit, and assumed the role of executive vice president, cfo, in November 2006. Revlon chief executive officer David Kennedy stated, “Alan has demonstrated strong leadership skills and excellent strategic capabilities, and I am confident that he will continue to lead our strong finance organization and that our international business will continue to grow profitably under Alan’s leadership.” Prior to taking over the helm, Kennedy held both the role of cfo and president of Revlon International. Revlon chairman Ronald O. Perelman stated, “Alan has provided valuable, strategic input to Revlon, and will continue to benefit our board and the company.”
PRIME TIME: Shu Uemura is launching a new range, Prime Plenish, one that focuses on time weakened hair. Targeting women 45 years and older, Prime Plenish addresses hair density, shine, softness and a healthy scalp. Products use jasmine essential oil to promote hair strength, emollient lipids for shine, AHA’s to reinforce hair’s fiber and a Scalp Respect Complex to calm irritated scalps. Plenish includes a shampoo, conditioner and treatment, retailing for $40, $50 and $60, respectively. Naturally, an in-salon Plenish treatment follows a strict ritual, as do all of the Shu Uemura Art of Hair platforms.
POST-SURGERY LINE: Some skin creams claim to deliver a facelift in a bottle, but German brand Babor’s newest product line is designed to soothe one’s skin before and after cosmetic surgery. Doctor Babor Biogen Cellular, as the new line is called, was developed with German cosmetic surgeon Michael König. While intended for plastic surgery patients, the company also recommends Biogen Cellular for burn care and post-pregnancy skin issues due to its purported regenerative properties. The line includes a gentle cleanser, a repair cream and repair gel, a serum, a mask, and a body cream said to reduce stretch marks, at price points ranging from 29 euros, or $39.98 at current exchange, for the cleanser, to 115 euros, or $146.64. For those not ready to go under the knife, Babor is also launching the Doctor Babor Derma Cellular, which targets blemishes, undereye bags and wrinkles, and offers up an alternative to one of the most popular of out-patient procedures, the Botox injection. Both lines are set to launch March.
ZENO POWERS UP: Zeno Corp., maker of its namesake handheld zit-zapping device, has expanded its management team, adding an advisory board. Zeno also has recruited Andrea DiNunzio as the firm’s senior vice president of global marketing. She replaces Lee Stranathan, who has been named Zeno’s senior vice president and president of international business. DiNunzio’s 12 years of beauty marketing experience include her most recent post at Laura Mercier, where she served as chief marketing officer, and marketing roles at L’Oréal, Avon and Johnson & Johnson’s Neutrogena brand. DiNunzio will report to Walter Klemp, Zeno’s president and chief executive officer. The company also has formed the Zeno Brand Advisory Board, and members include Melisse Shaban and Jill Scalamandre, both of Chrysallis, a portfolio company of private equity firm Catterton Partners. At Chrysallis, both Shaban and Scalamandre are credited for leading strategic growth of the salon brand Frédéric Fekkai and its recent sale to Procter & Gamble Co. In July, Zeno closed a $28 million round of equity financing led by Catterton Partners and Santé Ventures, and joined by existing investor Austin Ventures, to support distribution expansion and new product introductions.
IN-FLIGHT BEAUTY: Hong Kong-based airline Dragonair is offering its long-haul Business Class passengers new amenity kits designed by French fashion house agnès b. The kits, which will be offered on the airline’s Bengaluru, Dhaka and Kathmandu services, include a range of skin care products from Dermalogica. The women’s kit comes in a bag featuring agnès b.’s signature star-print design in baby blue, while the black men’s double-zip pouch is embossed with the brand’s lizard logo. The female amenity kit contains Dermalogica’s Anti-Oxidant Hydramist, Dynamic Skin Recovery; male passengers receive Dermalogica’s Post Shave Balm and Daily Defense Block. Both kits also contain Renewal Lip Complex, an agnès b. toothbrush and other items.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews