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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia