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."
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion