Monday marked a milestone for both the American Jewish Committee and for Jean-Paul Agon, chairman and chief executive officer of L’Oréal, who received the organization’s International Human Relations Award. The event, held at the New York Hilton, raised $1.35 million, a record — and also dramatized the recent change of command at L’Oréal, when the outgoing chairman Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones retired on March 17, leaving the chairmanship to Agon. Fittingly, Owen-Jones presented the AJC award to his successor. In discussing how the AJC and L’Oréal share the same values of integrity and tolerance, Agon said the company’s field of business is a place where values matter. “Beauty — like peoples and cultures — is a multifaceted world and a multicolored reality,” he said. “No beauty is better than another, and each one has its own inner truth. We respond to these diverse aspirations with respect and show our willingness to listen.”
On Tuesday, Camille McDonald was inducted into the Fragrance Foundation’s Circle of Champions, in an event held at the St. Regis.
“Tonight, we are here to honor and dishonor Camille McDonald,” cracked Don Loftus, president and ceo of P&G Prestige U.S. and the evening’s emcee. “Yes, that’s right, it has moved from an elegant evening where the Fragrance Foundation would honor one of the industry’s finest to a horrific night of malicious mudslinging and cruel and callous character assassination. Camille, we hope you enjoy the evening.”
Loftus then called Jerry Vittoria, president of fragrances for North America at Firmenich; So Young Kang, vice president of brand development at Bath & Body Works; and Cos Policastro, executive vice president of fine fragrances at Givaudan — “three people who have known Camille for a number of years and are still willing and able to talk about it” — to the stage to continue the roast. Looking on proudly were McDonald’s cousins, George DeCanido and Sandy DeCanido, who traveled in from Florida to see her honored.
When given a chance to speak, McDonald cracked, “Now I’ve got you where I want you — you know how verbose I am!” Summing up her feelings about the award, she said, “This is one of the proudest moments of my career.”
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