PAYLESS TO GROW BEAUTY PORTFOLIO: Payless ShoeSource has been so pleased with its entry into beauty this fall that the national shoe retailer is expanding from two beauty brands to three this spring with the addition of Sxy. The line is expected to include a body mist, shower gel, eye palettes, lipstick and mascara. Sxy will join existing Forgettable Moments and Zoe & Zac Naturals, which will get color refreshers in eye and nail in February. GIFT OF POLISH: The New York-based express blow-drying bar, Blow, has added online services in advance of the holidays. As of this week, visitors can purchase a Blow gift card online and have it sent electronically to the recipient, who can print out the voucher and bring it to one of Blow’s two locations. For a limited time, those who purchase an online gift card of $40 or more will ensure the recipient receives a complimentary Blow-to-Go Mini Travel Kit. Also, clients can now book appointments online. SERGE NORMANT CREATES HAIR LINE: Celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant is launching a range of hair care and styling items he said has been a long time coming. Apparently, Normant, who operates a salon in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and caters to the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts, was about to get serious about his own range when he joined John Frieda Professional Hair Care six years ago and stayed on for four years as global creative consultant. Once that contract ended, however, Normant has focused on getting his own line off the ground. Coming in December is Normant’s eight-stockkeeping-unit range of the “essentials,” he said, which includes a sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner and several hairstyling items, such as a Dry Shampoo, a Hair Repair Treatment and a Dry Finishing Oil, which Normant refers to as the line’s star — the oil is formulated with camellia and olive fruit oil to add texture without greasiness. Each product uses Keravis, a vegetable-derived hair-strengthening complex aimed at improving the condition of damaged hair. Normant, who is mainly financing the deal himself, partnered with Renee Flynn on the creative side and Forte Management on the business side, to help get his range off the ground. The line will be available on his Web site, sergenormant.com, beginning in December and will feature online demos of Normant’s typical clients. TRAPPMANN TO ARDEN: Elizabeth Arden Inc. has named Dirk Trappmann executive vice president and general manager of its international business. Trappmann joins the company’s European headquarters in Switzerland from La Prairie Group, where he was president and chief executive officer. At Arden, he replaces Jacques Steffens, who has left the company.
CLARINS MOVE: Isabelle Herbreteau has been named president of the Groupe Clarins-owned organic skin care brand Kibio. Her former responsibilities, as president of the Clarins brand, have been taken on by the firm’s chief executive officer, Philip Shearer. In other Clarins news, the recipient of this year’s Clarins Femme Dynamisante award, which honors a woman for her outstanding humanitarian works, was Vanessa Virag, the president and founder of ABC Autism, earlier this month in Paris. Her organization was created to raise awareness about autistic children and it also opened a school for them, called Paris Ideal School. At the ceremony held at the Théâtre Marigny, Virag spoke about her son’s struggles with autism and her strong desire to create more resources in Europe for autistic children. SPARKLING SHAMPOO?: The 70th anniversary celebrations for Anglo-Dutch consumer goods firm Unilever’s Dutch shampoo brand Andrelon turned sour recently as the company was ordered to take a one-shot edition of 340,000 bottles off store shelves. The Andrelon Champagne reference, launched in July, was to be removed from shelves starting Oct. 11, according to a company spokeswoman, following an Oct. 8 ruling by a tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. The ruling follows a complaint by France’s Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, citing the protected nature of the Champagne name, which as such cannot be used for products other than the famous sparkling wine.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)