Giorgio Armani is out to prove diamonds aren't just a girl's best friend.
The firm's beauty division on Tuesday signed actor Josh Hartnett as the face of a new scent due out this summer called Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men, a masculine counterpart to last year's Emporio Armani Diamonds women's fragrance, which was fronted by Beyoncé Knowles.
"The Emporio Armani generation is inspired by film and music," the designer stated. "I felt that for the men's Diamonds fragrance it would therefore be appropriate to involve one of today's most inspiring young actors."
Diamonds for Men, which is Emporio Armani's sixth men's fragrance, is due to be unveiled in June, during the spring 2009 men's fashion shows in Milan. It is slated to be launched worldwide in August.
While Hartnett, who is known for his work in films such as "The Black Dahlia," "Black Hawk Down" and "Pearl Harbor," will represent the Diamonds for Men scent, details of his exact role have yet to be finalized. The designer, however, alluded to an ad campaign featuring Hartnett, stating the actor's "magnetism" will "guarantee a memorable print and TV campaign for this new launch."
Knowles, by comparison, appeared in print and TV advertising for the women's version of Diamonds, which was launched in August of last year.
Hartnett's upcoming films include "I Come With the Rain," which is set to be released this year.
— Matthew W. Evans
YSL Beauté Reaches Trademark Settlement
YSL Beauté Inc. has reached a settlement with Costco Wholesale Corp. and Quality King Distributors concerning allegations of trademark infringement arising from the sale of fragrance products bearing the Yves Saint Laurent Opium name, the firms stated Tuesday.
Litigation had been pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
"Yves Saint Laurent is pleased that we were able to amicably resolve this litigation with Costco and Quality King," stated Marc Rey, president of YSL Beauté Inc. "We commend the cooperation of Costco and Quality King in these proceedings, and this settlement reflects their absolute commitment to the sale of authentic goods."
Quality King and its Quality King Fragrance business stated, "We are pleased to have been able to work cooperatively with YSL and Costco to achieve a mutually beneficial resolution of this matter."
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)