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."
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye