PARIS — Selective Beauty, the Paris-based beauty manufacturer and distributor, announced that 2007 sales were up 24 percent year-on-year, to 188 million euros, or $258 million at average exchange.
That showing represents the company's seventh consecutive year of double-digit growth, the firm stated Friday.
The company, which holds worldwide fragrance or beauty licenses for brands including Agent Provocateur, Jimmy Choo and Benetton, said it is targeting a similar performance for 2008.
Upcoming product launches include signature women's and men's scents for Iceberg, which, as reported, will bow in March and July, respectively, as well as a Trussardi fragrance, which will hit stores in April.
Selective Beauty, which signed an 11-year licensing deal with John Galliano last year, will introduce the designer's debut fragrance in the fall. The beauty firm is rolling out MaxMara Le Parfum, a women's scent, internationally.
— Ellen Groves
Urban Decay Taps Cory Kennedy
LOS ANGELES — Urban Decay has named a known commodity, style blogger Cory Kennedy, for its spring marketing campaign.
Four images featuring Kennedy, who rose to fame as Los Angeles party photographer Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter's paramour and muse, are hitting Urban Decay displays at Sephora and Macy's doors this month. The shots also are featured on the Newport Beach, Calif.-based brand's Web site.
Lensman Gyslain Yarhi shot the campaign and makeup artist Robin Schoen handled the beauty looks, which are centered on Urban Decay's vivid, loose pigment eye shadows.
"She [is] pushing the edge of culture, fashion and design, and we are trying to do that with our brand, as well," Wende Zomnir, Urban Decay's co-founder and executive creative director, said of Kennedy, who she initially considered for Urban Decay after spotting her on Nylon magazine's September cover.
Urban Decay, which is owned by Falic Group, has opted against choosing a face for the brand for more than a single season, a strategy that Zomnir indicated would likely continue. "We always try to rotate our models," she said. "Our customer is so multicultural and multifaceted and different. It is important for us to show different aspects."
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion