My life as a beauty entrepreneur began in a career in television production at The Cosby Show in 1990. I worked there as a writer’s assistant for the last two seasons. While at The Cosby Show I learned that it is possible to love your job. I learned the joy and satisfaction that comes from working on that which you feel passionate about.
The Cosby Show was an amazing environment to be in. Something as simple as a new hat that Mr. C. had purchased over the weekend could give birth to an entire episode. I have definitely had that feeling in my current role in the beauty business, when the ingredients in a bottle of iced tea give me the beginnings of a new body scrub. At other jobs I had before, I didn’t get to work in close proximity to the person who had started it all. CEO’s and chairmen were typically kept in offices on floors you needed a security clearance to visit. But in television, you are around those influential people all the time and if you listen there is so much to learn. This is when the seeds of how to be a good leader were planted.
After all the years I had spent hating my jobs, I was finally experiencing satisfaction I didn’t know was possible. I was working 16-hour days; I learned how to function on three hours sleep and how to roll out of bed and get dressed in 15 minutes and I loved it! I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was learning the work ethic and commitment that was required to be an entrepreneur.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion