ORIGINS MOVE: Origins has named Maleka Dattu senior vice president and general manager of Origins North America, a newly created position. Dattu, who was most recently brand general manager for Origins in the U.K., has spent the last 20 years with the U.K. affiliate of Origins' parent, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. In her new role, Dattu is responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives, education and sales in Origins retail and department stores in North America. She reports to Daria Myers, global president for Origins. Meanwhile, Linda Loudermilk and Origins are venturing into greener pastures together. The beauty brand kicked off a partnership Wednesday with Loudermilk that could lead to a series of cross-promotional activities. Origins handled the makeup and hair looks for the eco-friendly designer's runway show at BP's experimental Helios House gas station in Los Angeles. "Origins has done more research than anybody else in the beauty industry. That's what I like to support," said Loudermilk following the show. "Origins is about purity, and that is what I am all about." In a statement, Daria Myers, global president of Origins, said, "Loudermilk's respect of nature and commitment to the environment mirrors Origins core values and complements the spirit of our brand." Origins products, including those from its new Origins Organics collection, will be available in Loudermilk's upcoming two-story Los Angeles store, which is scheduled to open in January. "We look forward to exploring various on-going opportunities, such as having Linda Loudermilk design our guide uniforms and hosting trunk shows in Origins retail stores," said Jenny Belknap, Origins' vice president of global marketing, in a statement. "There are such great synergies between our brands that lend themselves to a multitude of possibilities."
AVON CELEBRATES CANCER SURVIVORS: Avon chief executive officer and chairman Andrea Jung joined with research scientists and global cancer league managers on Oct. 4 to celebrate survivors of breast cancer worldwide and announce a new initiative in the fight for a cure at the brand's Global Breast Cancer Survivors Day Celebration. Fifty cancer survivors at Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room listened as Jung announced which universities and research foundations will receive about $7 million from the Avon Foundation's Breast Cancer Prevention Research Initiative. The day was also a celebration of the brand's third annual Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer, a series of global fund-raising walks that to date have raised more than $122 million dollars worldwide.FABERGE APPOINTMENT: Mark Dunhill has been named chief executive officer of Fabergé Ltd., which is controlled by an investor group advised by London-based Pallinghurst Resources LLP. Dunhill, who was previously president of Alfred Dunhill Ltd., will take on the role Nov. 1. Fabergé Ltd. acquired trademarks and licenses associated with the Fabergé name in January from Unilever plc, which had owned the brand since 1989. Descendents of the brand's founders, including Tatiana and Sarah Fabergé, have initiated the Fabergé Heritage Council and Géza von Habsburg, a Fabergé expert, has been appointed curatorial director and is planning a series of exhibitions for 2009. "Our task now is to honor Fabergé's original standards of exclusivity, design and craftsmanship," said Dunhill in a statement.
ENTERING THE CIRCLE: John G. Ledes, editor and publisher of Cosmetic World and Beauty Fashion, was inducted into the Fragrance Foundation's Circle of Champions at a dinner Tuesday evening at the St. Regis Hotel with a warm welcome from none other than Leonard Lauder, chairman of the Estée Lauder Cos. Referring to Ledes' efforts in boosting the industry, such as his work in coining the names for the Dream and Beauty Balls and even coming up with the moniker for the FiFi awards, Lauder introduced the honoree with the assertion that "all of us are in his debt because he made the business what it is today." In his acceptance speech, Ledes paid tribute to the fragrance industry as one that the sometimes warring nations of Europe and the U.S. had in common and that helped to form ties. In perhaps an acknowledgement of the industry's difficult state right now, he implored, "We've got to keep it going and keep it aspirational." He emphasized, "Fragrance must always be aspirational. The hell with the buck."
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews