Beauty Beat: Marionnaud France Taps Several Top Executives… Symrise Joins Biotech Partnership… Clarins’ Product Investigated in France…
Marionnaud France has added some high-profile names to its executive lineup. On Friday, the perfumery chain named Serge Guevel as its finance director, replacing Richard Lenoit, who has left the company.
PARIS — Marionnaud France has added some high-profile names to its executive lineup.
On Friday, the perfumery chain named Serge Guevel as its finance director, replacing Richard Lenoit, who has left the company. Guevel, who took the post in February, was previously finance and operations director of Hutchison Telecom Thailand, which is also owned by Marionnaud's parent company, Hutchison Whampoa Ltd.
Meanwhile, Anthony Planté was appointed Marionnaud's buying director in March. He succeeds Thibault Ponroy, who was promoted to Marionnaud's international sales director post. Planté is a former Carrefour executive, who was most recently buying director for the hypermarket's pharmacy, perfumery and hygiene divisions.
Nicolas Lebeau has been named Marionnaud's new e-commerce manager, replacing Eric Bourriot, who has left the firm. Lebeau joins Marionnaud from M6, where he was marketing director of the television station's sales channel.
Caroline Roche has been appointed customer relations manager, a new post. Prior to that, Roche worked as a major accounts manager for the Galeries Lafayette Group. — Ellen Groves
Symrise Joins Biotech Partnership
PARIS — German flavors and fragrance supplier Symrise has formed a partnership with biotech specialists Brain AG and AnalytiCon Discovery to develop cosmeceutical ingredients.
In a statement, the three companies said their main goal is to create "innovative, all-natural cosmetic active ingredients and aroma molecules." The Symrise board member responsible for scent and care, Achim Daub, added in the statement, "this strategic partnership also in the future will enable us to develop intelligent, natural, bioactive cosmetics with healthy characteristics for our customers."
Under the agreement, Zwingenberg, Germany-based Brain's cellular-based screening technology will be available to Symrise, enabling it to identify new bioactive substances, while Potsdam, Germany-based AnalytiCon is to specialize in the purification and characterization of natural extracts.
In other flavors and fragrance supplier news, Switzerland's Givaudan is to invest $62 million in a consumer products creative center in East Hanover, N.J. The facility will reportedly double Givaudan's previous fragrance testing and evaluation capability and feature a new consumer and sensory intelligence laboratory. The center is due to be opened in June 2008. — E.G.Clarins' Product Investigated in France
PARIS — Groupe Clarins' antielectromagnetic waves facial spray Expertise 3P is being investigated by France's General Directorate for Fair Trading, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control. The authority aims to verify the French beauty firm's claims that the beauty product helps protect the skin from damage caused by everyday electronic appliances. "We are checking how the firm can prove its claims and if the product works," said a DGCCRF spokesman. He added the DGCCRF, which opened the investigation in March, is to meet with Clarins, which launched Expertise 3P worldwide in January. — E.G.
EasiHair Launches on QVC
LOS ANGELES — EasiHair by Jon Renau is making its debut on QVC today with a hair extension product called Almost Yours on the show, "Beauty Solutions."
According to Lisa Minervini, who developed hair extension brand EasiHair for Vista, Calif.-based wig maker Jon Renau, EasiHair is the only hair extension brand currently on QVC. Hairstylist Ken Paves has promoted Jessica Simpson's clip-in hair extensions line HairDo on HSN.
Almost Yours, available in 10-inch and 14-inch lengths in about 20 colors, is a volumizer intended for women with thinning hair. Released to the market six months ago, Almost Yours is made out of human hair and retails for around $100 at beauty supply stores and salons.
On QVC, Minervini will put in and remove Almost Yours extensions to demonstrate the process only takes a few minutes. — Rachel Brown
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
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