On the surface, hitching your star to the celebrity wagon seems like a capital idea given the public’s fascination with fame and fortune. But star power does not a blockbuster guarantee: Remember Cher’s fragrance? Or Linda Evans’? Neither do we. (Well, maybe just barely.) Five years ago, Jennifer Lopez’s Glow by JLO ignited a celebrity fragrance craze and her scent stayed in the top-selling position for 12 months, but then quietly disappeared. Other projects, such as those from Sarah Jessica Parker and Sean “Diddy” Combs, have shown they can go the distance. Somewhere in the middle is Britney Spears, who, despite a string of bizarre antics this year, still manages to move product (Curious Britney Spears, Fantasy Britney Spears and Midnight Fantasy Britney Spears, with another scent, Believe Britney Spears, due later this year.) Here, some of the latest contenders in the game.
Celeb: Sarah Jessica Parker Scent name: Covet Sarah Jessica Parker Notes include: Geranium leaves, Sicilian lemon, magnolia, musk, vetiver and bois de cashmere. She says: “What we came to in a pretty quick fashion was the ugly part of the geranium—downwind of the floral, of the coveted part of the flower.” Priced at: Eaux de toilette in two sizes, $52 and $68. Launch date: Mid-July at Macy’s; mid-August everywhere else. Chances of success: Parker’s first scent, Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker, has done more than $100 million to date; sources say Covet could do $30 million or more in its first year.
Celeb: Mariah Carey Scent name: M by Mariah Carey Notes include: Marshmallow, sea breeze accord, Living Tahitian Tiare flower, gardenia petals, sheer amber, patchouli and Moroccan incense. She says: “Creating this [scent] was like creating a song, and that’s what I know best.” Priced at: Eaux de parfum sprays in three sizes at $39.50, $52.50 and $62.50, with a 0.5-oz. parfum at $175. Launch date: September Chances of success: Think big. Experts estimate the scent could do $75 million worldwide in the first year.
Celeb: Gwen Stefani Scent name: L by Gwen Stefani Notes include: Leafy water hyacinth, white freesia, fresh pear, jasmine petals, rose and lily of the valley. She says: “I wanted this fragrance to be light, fresh and clean. I’m currently working on five fragrances, but this one is intended to be the classic.” Priced at: Eaux de parfum in two sizes at $55 and $70, and a solid perfume compact, $42. Launch date: July at Nordstrom; September everywhere else. Chances of success: Stefani’s fans are sure to give her another hit. Sources estimate it could do $30 million in its first year in the U.S.
Celeb: Usher Scent names: Usher He and Usher She Notes include: She has red currant and apricot nectar; He has white pepper and black suede. He says: She “represents a woman of mystery. I would wear He with a tux or a pair of jeans.” Priced at: Two sizes of eaux de parfum for women, $52 and $68; for men, eaux de toilette in two sizes at $50 and $65. Launch date: September Chances of success: Doing it his way, Usher’s masterbrand could do upward of $80 million globally in its first year.
Celeb: Paris Hilton Scent name: Can Can Notes include: Clementine flower, nectarine, wild orchid and orange blossom. She says: Hilton has kept mum thus far—perhaps she’s too distracted by her other woes. Priced at: Eaux de parfum sprays in two sizes for $45 and $55. Launch date: October at Macy’s. Chances of success: Apparently, there’s no satiating America’s taste for Paris—even after a spell behind bars. Can Can could do $20 million in wholesale sales in its first year.
Celeb: Sean “Diddy” Combs Scent name: Unforgivable for Women Notes include: Bergamot, cassis, piña colada, freesia and coco de mer. He says: “You have to have a strong imagination to be in this industry—you can’t be afraid to dream.” Priced at: Two sizes of the scent, an eau de toilette, will be offered for $55 and $75. Launch date: August Chances of success: Unforgivable for Men did $150 million globally in its first year; the women’s version could do $45 million in the U.S alone in that time frame.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)