AMWAY CASE: A British court is weighing up Amway's trading future in the U.K., seeking to cease the direct seller's operations here, which includes the sale of cosmetics, health supplements and other items through independent agents. The hearing, which kicked off in the Companies Court on Monday, follows a government investigation into its U.K. business. According to the government's case, Amway has suggested that substantial rewards could be earned by becoming a company sales agent, whereas the investigation claims the majority of agents make minimal financial returns. An Amway spokesman said the company has made changes to its business model over the past year to address the issues raised by the government. "In no way do we accept that the arguments the U.K. government put forward should lead to the company being shut down in the U.K.," he said. The hearing is expected to continue for up to four weeks.MAC MOVES: MAC Cosmetics has promoted Sandra Main to senior vice president and general manager for MAC International. The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.-owned brand also has promoted Nancy Mahon to senior vice president and executive director of the MAC AIDS Fund. Main was most recently general manager of MAC International, a position she took in 2004. Since that time, MAC's international business has grown by 23 percent and has expanded into 18 new markets including China and India. Main joined MAC in 1995 as brand manager in Hong Kong. Mahon joined the MAC AIDS Fund in June 2005 and, in 2006, she oversaw $16 million in donations to HIV/AIDS charities. Prior to joining MAC, Mahon was executive director of God's Love We Deliver and a senior program director at the Open Society Institute. TEEN SCENT: Natural teen skin care brand Young & Pure is coming of age. Earlier this month, the two-year-old British treatment line introduced its first fragrance, dubbed Samanda by Young & Pure. The scent is sold in supermarkets, as well as Superdrug and The Perfume Shop doors in the U.K., in addition to the eight-unit treatment brand's retail network of health food stores. The eau de parfum is fronted by 19-year-old twins and U.K. reality television celebrities Sam and Amanda Marchant, who go by the moniker "Samanda." The juice, which was concocted by Tracy Turner of Northampton-based Plantain, comprises notes of lemon, magnolia, watermelon and vanilla. Featuring an image of the identical twins on its packaging, the scent retails at 14.95 pounds, or $30.86 at current exchange, per 50-ml. spray. Young & Pure founder Lianne Miller plans to add an organic line and a collection for males to the brand's lineup next year.
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)