PARLUX NUMBERS: Fragrance marketer Parlux Fragrances Inc.’s third-quarter losses widened 19.6 percent even as net sales saw a 6.3 percent uptick, the firm reported late Wednesday. During the quarter ended Dec. 31, Parlux posted a net loss of $5.4 million, compared to a loss of $4.5 million in the year-ago period. Quarterly sales came in at $50.3 million, including $3.5 million in sales of Guess inventories to its new licensee, Coty Inc., compared with $47.3 million a year ago. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, the company’s net loss was $4.9 million, compared with a loss of $5.8 million. Year-to-date sales were up 6 percent to $130.4 million. Results were attributed to weaker consumer spending in U.S. department stores, an area in which Parlux invested heavily during 2009.
CALLING ALL SPEAKERS: HBA Global Expo said it is seeking speaker proposals for its various educational programs scheduled to take place Sept. 28 to 30 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Typically, speakers are in the health and beauty business and include marketers, product developers, consultants and manufacturers. Past speakers have included Jani Friedman of Demeter Group, Dr. Liliana George of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and Ido Leffler of Yes To Inc. Would-be orators should submit a 150-word description of a proposed topic along with a brief bio, including previous speaking experience, and full contact information to Rebecca Fraimow, education program director, at email@example.com.
HAITI RELIEF: Hairstylists are getting into the charity drive to help Haiti. Ric Pipino is launching “Hair for Haiti,” an event that begins today from 3 to 8 p.m. at his two Manhattan salons, where 100 percent of hair service proceeds will go to benefit Haiti through the American Red Cross. Consumers need to mention “Hair for Haiti” when scheduling their appointment, either at Pipino Nolita located at 3 Centre Market Place or Pipino at Spa Chakra on 663 Fifth Avenue. HAIR RAISING EVENT: John Frieda and Gail Federici — the founders of John Frieda Professional Hair Care — have joined forces again, this time to raise money for the pediatric cardiology department of Children’s Hospital Boston. In a fund-raising event called HairRaising, the two are challenging U.S. salons to ask clients in May to add a dollar or more to their bill to contribute to the cause. On the first weekend in May, the event will begin with a cut-a-thon where top salons in Boston will do haircuts for only $50 and all proceeds will go to the cause. To lure participants, Frieda and Federici are offering gift incentives, including the chance to assist hairstylist Serge Normant on a shoot with a celebrity client and spending a day on the set of “What Not to Wear” with hair maven Ted Gibson. Federici said the event stems from her own experience with heart diseaseas one of her daughters was born with a congenital heart defect and subsequently underwent two open heart surgeries at Children’s Hospital Boston. Due to the economy, Federici said, the hospital has not been receiving donations as in the past. To participate in Hair Raising, visit childrenshospital.org/ hairraising. DOT-COM FOR MEN: Bellevue, Wash.-based Drugstore.com Inc. has launched an e-commerce site called Athisbest.com, which carries a wide range of men’s personal care products, including men’s grooming, health, home, sex and fitness items. Items by the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co., as well as numerous, smaller items from independent firms, are offered on the site, blending both mass and prestige brands.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye