NEW YORK — Despite a raised terror alert in Manhattan, the seven honorees at Cosmetics Executive Women's 2005 Achiever Awards, which was held last week at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, did their best to lighten the mood.
"I bet you'd all rather hear about Tom and Katie, but I'm saving that for next week's issue," Martha Nelson, managing editor of People magazine, said wryly as she opened the program.
BeneFit founders Jean Ford and Jane Ford, who shared an award, confessed that when CEW president Carlotta Jacobson called to tell them they would be honored at the event, "we thought she was drunk dialing."
That's far from the truth, according to Robert Mettler, chairman and chief executive of Macy's West. "Someone once joked that Jean and Jane were born with silver compacts in their mouths," he said. Indeed, he continued, cosmetics seem to have been in the twins' DNA: "They are both wildly intelligent business women," he said. "Our 10-year partnership has been one hell of a ride." The Fords also proved they can carry a tune: The duo wrote and performed their own cosmetic-themed song to the tune of "Sentimental Journey."
"I asked not to go first, but now I'm sorry I'm going second," said Robin Burns, who followed the singing twins to introduce honoree Jill Granoff, president and chief operating officer of Victoria's Secret Beauty. Granoff succeeded Burns in that role after her retirement last year. For her part, Granoff was modest: "Never in my life did I think I'd follow singing Ford sisters and precede David Bowie," she said with a smile.
Bowie, who revealed that he and Iman met on a blind date, noted in his introduction that he knew his wife was the one for him when she discussed her shopping habits: "The real clincher was that she rarely went shopping," he joked. "I ran the figures, and asked her to marry me. She ran the figures, and agreed." Although he's not against splashing out now and then: The brown Hermès Kelly bag Iman was carrying was a gift from Bowie.
"I feel like the best is yet to come," said Iman, saying she has been gratified to see the changes in the industry over the last few years. "Women of color have been accepted not as exotic birds, but as beauties."As she accepted her award, honoree Lyn Kirby, president and ceo of Ulta Salon, Cosmetic & Fragrance, recalled her transition from Manhattan-based Avon executive to Illinois-based president and ceo. She also has a little advice for aspiring executives: "When the door is opened for you by someone you respect, walk through it and embrace change," she said.
Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president, the Estée Lauder Cos., introduced Jo Malone, founder of Jo Malone London, which is a division of the Estée Lauder Cos. "I consider Jo the daughter I never had," she said.
Malone returned the compliment: "I've married into a wonderful family," she said. Malone also spoke movingly of her recent battle with breast cancer, thanking Lauder for introducing her to her oncologist, Dr. Larry Norton, "the man who saved my life."
Nina White, deputy general manager and senior vice president of marketing for Lancôme USA, also paid tribute to mentors from within her company, "many of whom are sitting at table five," she said. Chief among them was Carol Hamilton, president and general manager of L'Oréal Paris. "I hope one day that I can be someone's Carol," she said, calling Hamilton "an amazing business leader and an icon in this industry.
"One of the richest gifts I've been given is my career at L'Oréal," said White.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)