NEW YORK — Jane Lynch surveyed the crowd at the 40th annual Fragrance Foundation Awards, held Monday night at Lincoln Center, before pitching her own fragrance from the stage: “Because I play Sue Sylvester on ‘Glee,’ I think people must think I smell like a boys’ locker room,” said Lynch. “I would have loved to have made that fragrance, but unfortunately Kim Kardashian owns the copyright.” Neither did Marc Jacobs escape Lynch’s humor: “Why is it that singers always come out with fragrances, but Marc Jacobs has yet to drop an album?”
The anniversary event had its comic moments, including a prolonged technical glitch that provided a bit of impromptu theater. But the humor quickly turned to pathos when Leonard A. Lauder stepped to the microphone to accept the Legacy of Excellence award given posthumously to his late wife, Evelyn Lauder, who was senior corporate vice president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. After watching a tribute video, the intensity of feeling apparently proved too much for him and in stepped Karyn Khoury, senior vice president of corporate fragrance development for the Estée Lauder Cos. “What Leonard would like to say is thank you for this gift and this recognition,” said Khoury. “The love and the support that you have shown to us and to Evelyn means more than we can say. The pride Evelyn took in her success as a fragrance creator makes this evening and recognition especially touching and meaningful. We thank the foundation’s board of directors for taking a moment during this evening’s celebration to celebrate Evelyn’s unique vision and passion.”
Before the ceremonies started, Lauder spoke to WWD, recalling a time when he and Evelyn were in Europe and received a panicked call from his mother. “Mrs. Estée Lauder called and said, ‘Evie, I need your help. I have a bad cold, I can’t smell. We’re working on a beautiful fragrance. You have to come back to help me.’ And the rest is history. They worked closely together, loved fragrance, laughed a lot and it was a wonderful relationship. There’s a continuum in the family.”
Lauder also noted that, while he is the interim chairman for the BCRF, he believes a woman should head it up, and that he and the group are working to reinvent the organization. “Our great strength is fund-raising in the Northeast, but we want to expand into other areas,” he said, adding that there are plans to target corollary effects of breast cancer, any diseases to which survivors have been made vulnerable.
While this year’s ceremony included working electricity — a major problem at last year’s event — a computer crash left Nicole Richie and Cosimo Policastro, executive vice president of fine fragrances for Givaudan, struggling to fill space while a DVD copy of the presentation was being substituted. Richie — who earlier in the day had presented her first fragrance to beauty editors — confessed that the technical difficulties rattled her a bit. “I hate public speaking and wasn’t quite sure what to do when the presentation kept freezing,” a Pucci-clad Richie said with a smile at the VIP after party. “That was my worst fear, that something like that would happen.”
There was no shortage of lighthearted quips by celebrities, who were also sniffing around for possible fragrance deals.
“I don’t know if you’ve every smelled a recording studio, but tonight was a treat for my nostrils — an absolute pleasure,” cracked singer, actor and producer Josh Groban, who has just finished filming “Coffee Town,” a comedy in which he plays a disgruntled coffee barista “who’s really in a rock band, but he sucks, so he has to take the coffee job. I’m also four songs into the next album, and recently sang a duet with Placido Domingo for his new record.” Groban’s album is expected late this year or early in 2013.
Mariska Hargitay, clad in a peony-hued Oscar de la Renta gown, said her scent could be called Marish, her nickname, and smell of peonies. “If I come back next year, I’m going to do a French accent — I’m hoping they ask me to host it,” she said, complimenting the acceptance speech of Christine Dagousset, executive vice president of fragrance and beauté of Chanel and calling Dagousset her new muse. Hargitay noted that she has another year to go as Det. Olivia Benson on “Law and Order: SVU,” and that she’s itching to do a comedy. “I never thought this was where my career would end up,” she said of the police drama. “I’ve just had a 15-year delay on the comedy show. I got waylaid.”
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye