OLSEN BEAUTY: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s mary-kateandashley beauty line has come to an end. The line was produced under license by NuWorld Beauty and sold primarily at Wal-Mart. Launched in 2002, its assortment included everything from scents to hair appliances. Despite mary-kateandashley’s beauty exit, the Olsens aren’t ruling out the beauty business. A spokeswoman for the fashionable duo, whose junior brand, Olsenboye, will bow at J.C. Penney in February, indicated the Olsens might consider reentering beauty under the Olsenboye label after the debut of apparel and accessories.
BOOTS NUMBERS: Alliance Boots, owner of health and beauty retailer Boots, reported first-half revenues rose 11.6 percent to 9 billion pounds, or $14.36 billion at average exchange. The firm’s health and beauty division, which includes sales generated by health care and beauty products, posted growth of 6.2 percent to 3.58 billion pounds, or $5.71 billion, for the six-month period ended Sept. 30. “In beauty, we benefited from the successful launch of a number of new products, including No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum,” stated Alliance Boots. The firm’s pharmaceuticals wholesaling business rang up 6.05 billion pounds, or $9.65 billion, in the half, representing an year-over-year spike of 13.8 percent.
TFWA ATTENDANCE: The five-day TFWA World Exhibition, which ended Oct. 23, registered 5,013 visitors, some 13 percent fewer than in the 2008 session. Overall, the number of firms sending employees to the trade show this year decreased 11 percent versus 2008, to 2,517. The amount of duty free and travel-retail operators participating in the show remained stable, although the number of their employees attending the fair dipped 9 percent. Eighteen percent fewer landlord companies were present. Combined footfall of duty free and travel-retail operators plus landlords decreased. Company attendance was down 4 percent and the firms sent 13 percent fewer people. There were 463 exhibitors representing approximately 3,000 brands at the TFWA World Exhibition. The fragrance and cosmetics industry had the lion’s share of stands, with 25 percent. Fashion and accessories had 18 percent.
BERGER TO COTY: Coty Prestige Lancaster Group has a new marketing director. Ralf-Michael Berger has taken over from Nicole Nitschke, who has been serving as general manager for the Mainz, Germany-based firm since July. Berger, 39, was previously at Johnson & Johnson in both Düsseldorf and Great Britain, most recently serving as customer marketing manager for beauty and sales.
ADDING ON: Markwins International has added two new product designers to its expanding Innovation Team, which reports to Eric Chen, chief architect and chief executive officer. Ed Mancia, who contributed to earlier development of Markwins’ brands, brings 15 years of beauty and fashion design leadership to the team. Joining Mancia is Grace Tsai, who has experience in design and fashion with a global perspective.
SUPER SCENT: Claudia Schiffer and Alberta Ferretti gave their signatures a workout Wednesday. The pair held court in Harrods’ perfume hall and signed bottles of Ferretti’s debut scent, which is fronted by Schiffer.
GREEN MOVE: As part of its bid to cut carbon emissions in half by 2015, L’Oréal has made its Libramont, Belgium, plant carbon neutral and run wholly on green energy. The French beauty giant bills the center to be the first of its kind in Europe. The site’s electricity and heat run on methane gas, which is produced by transformed biomass culled from local farms and the agro-alimentary industry.
SPRING CLEAN: Green & Spring is branching into facial skin care. The British brand, which bowed in June with a 23-stockkeeping-unit natural bath and body line, has introduced 10 treatment items using ingredients indigenous to the U.K., including chamomile, rose hip oil and kaolin clay. There’s a Nourishing Day Moisturiser, Restoring Face Serum and Refreshing Eye Cream. Prices range from $12.20, for a lip balm to $62 for the Gentle Face Refiner. Green & Spring Skincare is sold exclusively in Harvey Nichols and on the brand’s Web site.
HAIR COLOR FOR U: Umberto Savone, the Beverly Hills salon owner and hairstylist behind Umberto hair care, is leaping into hair color for the first time with U Color by Umberto launching this month in 24 demipermanent shades. U Color features a 3-oz. sachet packet — two come in each $12 box — that separates the color, developer and equalizer until the user combines the formula. U Color will sell at high-end drugstores, beauty supply stores and salon chains.
THE BEAUTY OF TV: ShopNBC keeps building its beauty roster. The television shopping network premiered plastic surgeon Robert Rey’s skin care line on Oct. 25 and Ted Gibson’s namesake hair products on Oct. 27. Beauty Confidential, a show focusing on brands creating buzz, introduced nail polishes by Butter London and Np2; fragrances by Eau Flirt, Forever Lily and Trance Essence and hair care by Brandon Martinez.
CALIFORNIA MOVES: The Fairest, the Southern California-based online beauty private sale venue, has appointed Art Swanberg as its chief executive officer and Kimberly Logan as its vice president of merchandising. Swanberg was formerly the president and ceo of Dermstore.com, and chief operating officer of PCA Skin. Logan had been the business vice president at Dermstore.com.
U MED TAPS TEN: University Medical Pharmaceuticals, the marketer of mass skin care products, has hired Jeffrey Ten as senior vice president of international sales. Ten, who will report to chief executive officer Raymond Francis, was previously president of ck Calvin Klein Beauty for the Americas.
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