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.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast