NEW YORK — Never let it be said that the beauty crowd isn’t a competitive bunch.
When model Naomi Campbell —?also the namesake of a Cosmopolitan Cosmetics scent — learned that the figures for the 28th annual Beauty Ball might fall slightly short of last year’s haul, she wrote a check for $18,000 on the spot, which pushed the evening’s total to just over $1.2 million. Over the course of its history, the ball has raised more than $19 million for the March of Dimes.
The event, held Wednesday night at the Waldorf-Astoria, honored Donald J. Loftus, president and chief executive officer of Cosmopolitan Cosmetics USA, and Gail Gordon, vice president of cosmetics at Macy’s East. About 610 people attended.
Hal Kahn, chairman and ceo of Macy’s East, who presented Gordon with Retailer of the Year honors, noted that Gordon "typifies what makes a top Macy’s exec," calling her "fair, competitive and smart," among other notable qualities. For her part, Gordon thanked Kahn, her buyers and her family — including her parents and two of her sisters, who were in attendance.
"Don is an inspirational leader," said Werner Hofmann, chairman of Cosmopolitan Cosmetics USA and senior vice president of its parent, Cosmopolitan Cosmetics S.A., who presented Loftus with the Beautiful Apple award. "He’s smart, witty and unflappable." Not to mention humorous — after Hofmann’s introduction, Loftus gave a quick-paced thank you speech, peppered with a humorous spoof of product placements from Cosmopolitan beauty brands, including Escada and Montblanc.
"I should probably mention that I had to promise to include some product placements in my acceptance speech to secure some of the ads for tonight’s journal," he cracked.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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