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Beauty Beat: Revlon Backing J. Mendel … BBW Appoints McNeill

One of America's most fashionable "Friends" is slated to be on hand at the Bryant Park Tents today.

Revlon Backing J. Mendel
NEW YORK — Revlon is taking its brand inside the tents at fashion week for the second year in a row. The mass beauty marketer will preview its spring-summer 2006 color collections during the J. Mendel show, scheduled to take place on Thursday in Bryant Park. Revlon has recruited runway makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury as its lead makeup artist for the show. Tilbury will use Revlon’s two upcoming collections to create a palette of sheer shades, such as pinks and lilacs, offset with touches of green.

Gilles Mendel, the designer of J. Mendel, has earned acclaim for broadening the family-run business from a fur house to a sophisticated ready-to-wear collection. “I’m always inspired by confident women with an innate sense of luxury and style,” Mendel stated. “Like J. Mendel, Revlon understands women, and encourages them to feel sexy and beautiful.” Last season, Revlon collaborated with the design duo behind Christopher Deane.

BBW Appoints McNeill
NEW YORK — Kathleen McNeill was named vice president of merchandising for flagships at Bath & Body Works Thursday. She was most recently merchandise manager for skin care at Sephora USA and sephora.com. In her new post, McNeill is responsible for merchandising Bath & Body Works flagships with prestige personal and beauty care products, complementing the Bath & Body Works lines in those stores. She reports to Leslie Faust, senior vice president of flagships at Bath & Body Works.

“Kathleen is a passionate brand builder and a merchandising leader in the personal care industry,” stated Faust. “She has the strategic vision necessary to develop effective merchandising initiatives to maximize store, brand and space performance.” During her five years in skin care at Sephora, where she worked as a merchandise analyst and then as a skin care buyer, McNeill created several new merchandising concepts. She also has worked at Macy’s West, Neiman Marcus, Robinson’s and Nordstrom.

This story first appeared in the September 12, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.