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.
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