PARIS – In a move to strengthen the distribution of its premium and prestige fragrance brands in Oceania, Puig said on Thursday that it has inked a partnership agreement with Groupe Clarins and opened an office in the region.The tie-in is effective this month, when Trimex Pty Ltd., a Clarins company, gives back-office, logistics and commercial services to Puig in Australia. It also distributes the Spanish company’s products in New Zealand.Puig, for its part, said it will manage all marketing-related activities for the brands and oversee the management of its key accounts in Oceania.“The complimentary of our businesses has proven to be an asset in other geographies, and we look forward to replicating this success in Australia and New Zealand,” said Marc Puig, chairman and chief executive officer of Puig, in a statement.In July 2013, Clarins began distributing Puig’s prestige fragrance portfolio in North America.“By combining forces in Oceania, we will be able to build an ever more efficient and focused organization, create synergies and accelerate growth of both companies in the region,” stated Jonathan Zrihen, president and ceo of Groupe Clarins.Trimex has been wholly owned by Groupe Clarins since 2014. The company distributes in Australia and New Zealand beauty brands including Clarins; fragrance brands such as Thierry Mugler, Azzaro, Paco Rabanne, Prada, Nina Ricci and Jean Paul Gaultier, and Laura Mercier makeup.Puig has an ongoing strategy of broadening its geographic reach through joint ventures. In mid-January, as reported, it announced a partnership with Luxasia, the leading prestige omnichannel beauty distribution and retail company in Asia.The joint venture began on Feb. 1 and covers select Southeast Asian markets, including Singapore and Malaysia. Privately held, Singapore-based Luxasia manages a portfolio of 20 beauty brands in the region, which includes Burberry, Clarins, Estée Lauder, Clarins, Hermès, Decléor, Gatineau and Payot.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)