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.
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