NEW YORK — In the eye of this season’s product launch storm, several beauty companies took a pause to host gala events that raised awareness and funds, millions in fact, to help stamp out life-threatening diseases affecting their core...
NEW YORK — In the eye of this season’s product launch storm, several beauty companies took a pause to host gala events that raised awareness and funds, millions in fact, to help stamp out life-threatening diseases affecting their core customers — women.
AVON’s KISS GOODBYE TO BREAST CANCER: Songbirds Harry Connick Jr. and Vanessa Carlton lent their voices to Avon’s fourth annual Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer Awards Celebration. Both Connick, who lost his mother to cancer, and Carlton performed at the event held Monday evening at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. Avon Products Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Andrea Jung and Avon Foundation president Kathleen Walas co-hosted the event and presented awards to four people who have worked to fight against the disease. Dr. Jonathan W. Simons, director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, received the Medical Achievement Award for his work as an investigator into translational cancer research. “Today Show” news anchor and NBC news correspondent Ann Curry, who has made personal and professional contributions to the cause, was presented with the Media Leadership Award. Upon accepting her award, Curry told the audience that she and her daughter are growing their hair so it can be donated to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. Paul Boulanger, president and founder of the Boston-based Men With Heart — one of the first men’s groups dedicated to fighting breast cancer, was selected for the Community Advocate Award. Dottie Randall, a seven-year breast cancer survivor and Avon leadership sales representative actively involved in raising awareness and funds, was awarded the Pink Ribbon Crusader Award. The evening brought in $2.2 million for the cause. To date, Avon has raised and donated more than $350 million toward breast cancer treatment and research.
LEGENDS GALA: L’Oréal Paris and The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund marked OCRF’s 10th anniversary with a black-tie fund-raising gala. Held Nov. 4 at the Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building, the evening raised $4.3 million. More than 1,300 guests from the beauty, fashion and media industries were in attendance including Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Peter Boyle and L’Oréal spokesperson Milla Jovovich. A live auction, hosted by comedian and “The View” co-host Joy Behar, raised $150,000 of the total with items such as a private recording session with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs going to Donna Karan for $55,000. L’Oréal Paris and OCRF honored three individuals who have championed the drive for a cure. Hearst Magazines president Cathleen P. Black and Federated Department Stores chairman, president and ceo Terry Lundgren were each presented with the 2004 OCRF Legends Award. Trudie Styler was selected for the second annual Liz Tilberis Humanitarian Award because of her commitment to the environment and human rights. To date, L’Oréal’s efforts have generated more than $8 million for OCRF, a not-for-profit organization. — M.P.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
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)