PARLUX SALES SOAR: Poised to launch a fragrance by infamous heiress Paris Hilton, Parlux Fragrances Inc. saw its sales skyrocket and net income soar during the first quarter.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based prestige fragrance manufacturer...
PARLUX SALES SOAR: Poised to launch a fragrance by infamous heiress Paris Hilton, Parlux Fragrances Inc. saw its sales skyrocket and net income soar during the first quarter.The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based prestige fragrance manufacturer reported net income of $2.2 million, or 21 cents per share, up 206 percent from $717,344, or 8 cents, a year ago, while sales jumped 36 percent to $22.9 million from $16.9 million.
With the company’s upcoming launches of Hilton’s fragrance and Guess products, chairman and chief executive officer Ilia Lekach cautioned that these strong results might not be mimicked in the next quarter.
“We continue to invest in the development of new and exciting products for the launches of our Guess and Paris Hilton licenses to broaden the base of our business for the future,” Lekach said in a statement. “We expect to initiate advertising and promotion for these two new brands in the second half of this fiscal year in anticipation of sales, some of which will not occur until fiscal 2006.”
The company’s operating income reached $3.5 million, or 15 percent of net sales, compared to $1.22 million, or 7 percent, the prior year.
SISLEY APPOINTMENT: Marie-Laure Mathieu has been promoted to the post of executive vice president of Sisley USA. Mathieu had been the firm’s business analyst since last year. She joined the company in 1996 as an account executive in charge of the New York area.
SPF SOIREE: Estée Lauder Cos. group president Philip Shearer will be a co-honoree at the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Skin Sense Award Gala, which is scheduled to be held at the Pierre Hotel on Oct. 19. John R. Leone, president of global dermatology for Dermik/Aventis, will also be honored.
FRAGRANCE BUZZ: While fragrance sales may be lackluster, editorial coverage of the industry is anything but, according to recent findings by tracking firm Right Angle Research. The company found that the number of stories about fragrances increased 18.4 percent during the first quarter of 2004 compared with the same period last year.
The second quarter experienced a 38.9 percent increase in editorial coverage of scents. Right Angle surveyed 139 consumer magazines in the U.S., looking for brands marketed by 59 companies. On the business end, fragrance ad pages dipped 3.7 percent in the first quarter but increased 6.8 percent during the second quarter.DOT-COM DESIGN: Chanel, Estée Lauder, Clinique and MAC Cosmetics have all begun customizing their virtual beauty boutiques on gloss.com with an e-commerce platform that’s produced by a company called Web Collage. The Web services provider’s eponymous application is designed to allow more advanced page animation and richer content, an alternative to the many picture-link templates found on e-commerce sites, the tech firm claims.
BATH OLYMPICS: Bath & Body Works is supplying the U.S. Women’s Olympic soccer team with an overload of products from its True Blue Spa line, which includes Toe the Line foot scrub, Shea It Isn’t So foot cream and Foot Loose and Fancy Frizz, an effervescent foot soak. There’s also an SPF product for face and body called 29 and Holding, an all-over sunblock that will help team members stay shielded from the Athens sun. In return, the team is promoting True Blue in public appearances. In-store displays and online marketing materials also feature some women from the team, including Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett and Briana Scurry.
COLOR FOR VICTORIA: Victoria’s Secret Beauty will continue to experiment with adding non-Victoria’s Secret-branded beauty to stores. Latina-inspired Zalia Cosmetics will be available at about 10 VSB locations in Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas and New York City. In support of this launch, founder Monica Ramirez will make personal appearances in each city on scheduled launch event dates along with her team of makeup artists.
HAIR WEAR: Hair accessory designer Renee Rivera will launch her collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York in September. Rivera’s collection is also available at Zitomer and Henri Bendel as well as specialty boutiques across the U.S. Prices range from $22 for a bouclé ponytail holder to $150 for a feathered headband.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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