TIGI GETS NEW CEO: As expected, TIGI president and chief operating officer, Thomas Reasonover, has retired from the Unilever-owned firm. TIGI was acquired in January 2009, and industry sources expected Reasonover to remain until the integration of TIGI into Unilever was complete. Reasonover will be succeeded by Philippe Hostaléry, effective Jan. 19, reporting to Michael Polk, president, Americas, Unilever. Hostaléry most recently served as group vice president, Global Beauty Brands, Avon Products.
LAUDER MOVE: Christopher Wood has been named a senior vice president as head of the Global Strategic Modernization Initiative at the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. As part of the succession plan, Wood, who has been with Lauder since 1993, recently has been general manager of the company’s affiliate in Korea. He will be succeeded in that post by Hervé Bouvier, who heads the Lauder brand in the Asia-Pacific region. Wood will relocate to New York and join the company’s Executive Leadership Team, Program Management Team and SMI Steering Team.
REGIS NUMBERS: Hair salon operator Regis Corp. posted revenues of $575 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2010 ended Dec. 31, a 2 percent slide from $587 million in the same period a year ago, as the firm maintained its expectations for the full fiscal year. Overall same-store sales for the second quarter were down 3.7 percent. “In December 2008, we began to see a significant lengthening in consumers’ salon visitation patterns due to the economic recession,” stated Paul D. Finkelstein, Regis’ chairman and chief executive officer. He added, however, that “we continue to believe same-store sales in the second half of our current fiscal year should improve over the first half of the year. Our expectations for fiscal year 2010 are unchanged,” he added, “with same-store sales estimated to be in a range of negative 3 percent to positive 1 percent, and operational [EBITDA] in a range of $200 million to $240 million.”
ANIMAL-FREE TESTING CLOSER: L’Oréal and Hurel Corp. said Thursday they have achieved the initial milestone of a research and development collaboration to create “a new and transformational” in vitro test for potential allergic reactions to substances that could come into contact with the skin. The new device, named Allergy Test on a Chip, is intended to comprise a technological substitute for the animal test known as the local lymph node assay. The development “is totally in line with our 25-year commitment in nonanimal toxicology,” said Jacques Leclaire, Ph.D., director of Life Sciences Research at L’Oréal, in a statement.
CEW TAPS MARKETING EXEC: Cosmetic Executive Women has hired Susan Bornstein as vice president of Events, Marketing and Membership. Bornstein will be responsible for marketing, media relations and membership as well as developing new opportunities and strategic planning. Most recently, Bornstein was the associate publisher-marketing of Gourmet Magazine. Prior to Gourmet, which closed in 2009, Bornstein was associate publisher-marketing at Allure Magazine.
VIRTUAL 360: CVS Pharmacy has introduced an e-commerce site for its upscale beauty venture, Beauty 360. The online site, beauty360.com, will house the same assortment as the eight Beauty 360 brick-and-mortar outposts, which began rolling out in November 2008 to select CVS stores. Visitors to the site are directed to cvs.com once they click on a brand or item. Nearly six million consumers visit cvs.com each month, according to the company.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye