RUSK TAPS O’DELL: Hair care line Rusk, a division of Conair Corp., has named former “Access Hollywood” co-anchor Nancy O’Dell as spokeswoman for Rusk and hair tools brand BaByliss Pro, which is also part of Conair. O’Dell, also an author and producer, was an original member of the “Access Hollywood” team and was co-anchor there for 13 years. Known for her red-carpet interviews, O’Dell has hosted “The Golden Globes Arrivals Special” and the backstage portion of the awards show, and has appeared at many other celebrity events, Rusk noted. In addition to having competed in the Miss America Pageant, O’Dell has been honored with three Associated Press Awards, two Society of Professional Journalists Awards and an Emmy Award. “Since salon clients often follow celebrity looks and O’Dell is always on the forefront of the red-carpet trends, she is the ideal person to help translate the celebrity looks into everyday, wearable styles,” stated Rusk.
MANGAN MOVES: Rita Mangan, formerly of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, has moved to Shiseido Cosmetics America as senior vice president of sales, education and retail strategies. She will report to Heidi Manheimer, chief executive officer. Mangan will be responsible for setting sales strategy, sales execution and the training and education for the Shiseido and Clé de Peau Beauté brands within all U.S. distribution channels. Some of the responsibilities of Mangan’s newly created position were previously handled by Susan Albino, who since has left the company. Previously, Mangan was senior vice president of sales, marketing and education, North America, at Bobbi Brown, a division of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. Prior to joining Lauder, Mangan had a 23-year retailing career, both at Macy’s Merchandising Group and at Macy’s East, where she held several senior posts within the Cosmetics & Fragrance Division.
FASHION FIX: Coty Inc.-owned makeup brand Rimmel London opened a pop-up shop in Selfridges on London’s Oxford Street Thursday. The space is in the store’s Spirit department, where high street fashion labels are carried. “Selfridges has a very diverse fashion business, and I wanted to offer our customer the same in beauty,” stated David Walker-Smith, Selfridges’ beauty director. The shop will remain open for four weeks and stocks Rimmel items including new lipstick and mascara lines, plus a makeup collection created exclusively for Selfridges.
“This is the first time Rimmel London and Selfridges have collaborated on such an exciting project, and we think it is very fitting for two iconic London brands to come together during this important time in London’s fashion calendar,” said David Allan, Rimmel’s marketing director, referring to London Fashion Week, which kicks off today. He added it’s a key time for the brand, too, since Georgia Jagger has recently joined the cast of Rimmel models, which includes Kate Moss.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast