Grammy-nominated R&B singer and songwriter Akon is breaking into the beauty world.
The pop star, who put himself on the musical map with his 2004 release “Locked Up” and has collaborated on hit singles with everyone from Gwen Stefani to rapper Young Jeezy, has announced the fall launch of two fragrances, Konvict and Aliaune. Named after his top-selling album Konvict and his given name Aliaune “Akon” Thiam, the two scents will be produced in partnership with the singer’s newly formed company, Konvict Cosmetics Intl. Beginning in August, the fragrances will be available on the company’s Web site, but a company spokeswoman said the company is approaching retailers like Macy’s and Nordstrom for fall distribution.
“We are excited and honored to launch both Aliuane and Konvict with Akon,” says Jack Aini, chief executive officer of Konvict Cosmetics. “It will surely do well considering Akon’s entrepreneurship and popularity.”
Industry sources expect the two scents to generate about $25 million in first-year retail sales. Aliaune, which is meant to target an older more sophisticated customer will be priced $55 for 3.4 oz. Konvict, meant to speak to a younger consumer, will be available in 3.4 oz. for $35.
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia