NEW YORK — Tis the season for giving. In that holiday spirit, more than 100 top beauty executives gathered at the Four Seasons Restaurant Thursday morning to give a round of applause to the year's standout products, retailers and marketers. Newcomers and stalwarts alike feted their contemporaries' efforts at the fourth annual WWD Beauty Biz awards. Among those in attendance were William Lauder, John Demsey and Philip Shearer of the Estée Lauder Cos., Elizabeth Arden's Scott Beattie, L'Oréal's Joe Campinell, Carol Hamilton and Karen Fondu, and Avon's Claudia Poccia. A number of retail executives were also on hand to pick up awards, including Jim Gold of Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora's Betsy Olum, Lori Castagna of Shoppers Drug Mart and Michelle Hobson from Walgreens.
A total of 25 awards were presented. They were:
Breakthrough Product of the Year, Prestige: Ted Gibson (hair care); Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation (color cosmetics); Freeze 24/7 Ice Shield Facial Cleanser with SPF 15 (skin care), Tom Ford Estée Lauder Collection (fragrance).
Breakthrough Product of the Year, Mass: John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze (hair care); Cover Girl Queen Collection (color cosmetics); Olay Definity (skin care), Derek Jeter Driven for Avon (fragrance).
Retailer of the Year: Bergdorf Goodman (prestige); Sephora/J.C. Penney (specialty), Shoppers Drug Mart (mass).
Most Innovative Marketer of the Year, Prestige: Scott Beattie, chairman and chief executive officer, Elizabeth Arden (person), Basic Research (company).
Most Innovative Marketer of the Year, Mass: Michelle Hobson, manager of strategic business development, beauty for Walgreens (person), Maybelline New York-Garnier (company).
Newcomer of the Year: By142 (products), ModelCo (company).
Most Innovative Ad Campaign: Clinique (prestige), Nivea (mass).
Best Executed Launch Strategy of the Year, Prestige: Benefit Cosmetics (color cosmetics); Patricia Wexler M.D. (skin care), Sean John Unforgivable (fragrance).
Best Executed Launch Strategy of the Year, Mass: Rimmel London (color cosmetics); L'Oréal Paris (skin care), Nexxus (hair care).For full coverage, see today's issue of WWD Beauty Biz.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast