DONNA'S DOINGS: Donna Karan and her husband and business partner, Stephan Weiss, shared a dimly lit corner booth last week at Jones, the Hollywood bar and restaurant of the moment. In front of them, on the...
DONNA'S DOINGS: Donna Karan and her husband and business partner, Stephan Weiss, shared a dimly lit corner booth last week at Jones, the Hollywood bar and restaurant of the moment. In front of them, on the table, was something they were sharing credit for: their latest fragrance creation, DK Men. Milling around them was a horde of Nordstrom buyers and executives. "It's our first real collaboration," said Weiss, picking up the gunmetal and black glass flask. "I worked on the bottle design and the fragrance, and Donna provided the image for the campaign. It's an engagement between us." Launched exclusively in five markets, beginning with Bloomingdale's New York Nov. 6, the scent should rack up $8 million in retail sales during the initial two months, according to industry sources. Jane Scott, vice president of cosmetics and fragrance at Bloomingdale's, said DK Men was the chain's top-selling men's scent in November, despite being in only seven doors. She expects the fragrance to be in the store's top 10 and possibly the top five for the full holiday season. "Frankly, it's more a question of their being able to ship us at the level of business we're doing," Scott said. Jane Terker, president of the Donna Karan Beauty Co., said the company followed the strategy it used for Karan's women's fragrance by selecting a limited number of doors in a handful of accounts. In addition to Bloomingdale's, DK Men launched at Nordstrom, Marshall Field's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. "It's the same strategy we used when we rolled out our women's fragrance and even our apparel," Terker said. "It's not about being everywhere. It's about being important." Being important is one thing. Being profitable is another. Terker said that after two years of expected losses, the Beauty Co. stands a good chance of showing a profit in 1995.
FILL 'ER UP WITH ANGEL: Thierry Mugler Parfums has adopted a gas-station approach: Users of Mugler's Angel scent can now stop into the Saks flagship to fill their empty bottles from a tank of fragrance. The company has installed a metal unit, called the Angel Source, which holds 500 ml. of eau de parfum. The contraption has a tap from which customers can draw replenishment. A refill of the 75-ml. eau de parfum, which costs $150 new, goes for $75, while a topping-off of a 50-ml. eau de parfum, $95 new, costs $60. The Source was installed last week at the Mugler counter and already the brand has seen a jump in sales. "It's been very solid since we launched it last year," said Steve Bock, senior vice president of Saks, adding that Angel would be in the store's top five rankings for the year. Benjamin Gillikin, general manager of Mugler Parfums, noted that the addition of the Source, along with a new Angel body cream, would help boost Angel sales by 150 percent this month, pushing the brand past $600,000 at retail for the year in the Saks flagship.SAKS' NEW BABY: Saks is also home to a new luxury baby line called Tisha. Considering its prices--try $35 for a 100-ml. bottle of lotion or $19.50 for a 250-ml. bottle of shampoo--only the pampered child need apply. For that reason, the chain is putting the French-made line in the baby departments in eight of its doors. "They felt it would be lost in the cosmetics department," said Pascal Arnaud, president of PFA Management Group, Tisha's parent. "The products are geared mostly toward baby showers and gifts and will get a better response in the baby department." Consisting of seven products, with two more slated for release in the next few months, Tisha is scheduled to be launched in France in early 1995, and shortly after in Asia. Arnaud said he plans to begin rolling out the line in the U.S. in 1995, reaching 500 doors within a couple of years. If all goes according to plan and Tisha is on track to hit a wholesale volume of $750,000 its first year, Arnaud said he intended to begin advertising the line in mid-1995 in women's and parenting magazines.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)