RIZER GIG: Model Maggie Rizer’s latest appearance will be as an “ambassador” for fledgling skin care brand Clark’s Botanicals’ $355 Cellular Lifting Serum, which is to launch this week at Saks Fifth Avenue and could do $2 million in first-year sales. Founder Francesco Clark said he wanted beauty and brains: “Beauty should be about intelligence, and Maggie embodies this,” he said. Rizer is working on a TV show about modeling, scheduled to debut on Bravo at the end of the year, as well as a memoir.
SHISEIDO CENTERS: Next month, Shiseido will open three beauty centers in China and Taiwan to provide makeup advice to individuals with severe skin problems such as birthmarks, vitiligo and scarring. The company said the Shiseido Life Quality Beauty Centers, which will be located in Shanghai, Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, are part of a global initiative to expand Shiseido’s corporate social responsibility activities through cosmetics and beauty care. Shiseido already has one such center in its Tokyo Ginza headquarters as well as the Perfect Cover Foundation line of products, designed to cover birthmarks and other blemishes. NORTH CASTLE GETS DEEPER: Private equity firm North Castle Partners has purchased a majority stake in Depth Bath & Body and combined the Petaluma, Calif.-based brand with mineral cosmetics brand Mineral Fusion to form a new company called Mineral Fusion Natural Brands. According to Depth Bath & Body founder and Mineral Fusion Natural Brands senior vice president of marketing Tim Schaeffer, North Castle owns between 55 percent and 75 percent of the new company. GloProfessional, a company within North Castle’s portfolio, owns the second largest share and members of the management team own the remainder. Justin Miloro, formerly a senior member of the category management team at Whole Foods’ Whole Body department, has been brought on board as national director of sales. Schaeffer estimated that Mineral Fusion Natural Brands is on pace to generate $4 million in revenues this year and projected 20 percent growth next year.
UNILEVER AGREEMENT: After locking horns over price increases earlier this year, Unilever and supermarket chain Delhaize Belgium have reached “a balanced agreement,” according to a joint statement from the two companies. “Unilever and Delhaize announce that, to their mutual satisfaction, they have reached an agreement with respect to their collaboration in Belgium,” the companies stated. “The balanced agreement means a positive outcome for both parties and the consumer.” In February, Delhaize, which operates 775 stores in Belgium, suspended sales of 250 of the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant’s products in protest against Unilever’s plans to impose what the retailer had said were unacceptable commercial conditions. According to Delhaize, Unilever had been playing on its strength in certain product segments to push the retailer to carry less successful lines. Following Delhaize’s refusal to acquiesce to the product mix, it said Unilever withdrew long-standing buying conditions and raised the prices it sells products to Delhaize by 30 percent.
A WHALE OF A TIME: With its latest limited edition makeup line, Chantecaille hopes to make a splash and save the whales — as well as myriad other species calling the high seas home. The New York-based beauty brand will donate 5 percent of revenues generated by La Baleine color-cosmetics collection, which launches this month, to The International Union for Conservation of Nature. The collection comprises two compacts — one for eyes and one for the face — each retailing for about $119, as well as a kohl pencil, lipsticks and lip gloss.
GOOD CITIZEN: Avon Products, Inc. was just ranked number 18 in the Top 100 Corporate Citizens for 2009 by Corporate Responsibility Magazine in its 10th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens list. Based on publicly available information, the list ranks 1,000 companies on their performance in seven areas: environment; climate change; human rights; philanthropy; employee relations; finance, and governance.
SALLY SHOW: Sally Hershberger and her team of hairstylists will make an appearance at Walgreens in Times Square today from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to demonstrate how to use her hair care line. Product and coupon giveaways, as well as a raffle for a free cut at Hershberger’s downtown salon, will also be part of the event. REVLON APPOINTMENT: Revlon Inc. has named Alan Meyers as its upcoming executive vice president, chief science officer. Meyers’ post will become effective January 1, following the retirement in December of Neil Scancarella, who has served as chief science officer since January 2000. Meyers, 51, has spent his career in cosmetics research and development, holding positions at Avon, Elizabeth Arden and L’Oréal USA, where he most recently served as senior vice president, Research and Development and Consumer Affairs.
THIBIANT TALE: The iconic Beverly Hills spa Thibiant has been given a facelift and been renamed by its new owners, plastic surgeon Henry Glassman and True North Capital chief executive officer Herminio Llevat. It is now called the Thibiant European Skin Clinic and is paired with the Thibiant Institute of Aesthetic Medicine, where Botox and filler injections, among other procedures, are administered. Glassman and Llevat, who bought the nearly 40-year-old Thibiant last June from its founder Aida Thibiant, inherited 75 stockkeeping units of Thibiant skin care products. Under the guidance of vice president of marketing and product development, Natalie DiLallo, who was formerly in a similar capacity at infomercial specialist Guthy-Renker, the products are being repackaged and rebranded, and should be relaunched in about six months. “We are really looking to go back to the roots of [Aida Thibiant], with specialized skin solutions,” said Llevat, adding that product sales “will be a very much Web-based business.”
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