The NACDS Annual Meeting introduced a host of new people to old places, as well as familiar ones to new posts.
At Revlon's annual gala, held Friday evening, April 20, the beauty firm introduced retailers to its two new celebrity spokeswomen, starlet Jessica Alba and "Entourage" actress Beau Garret. The two women, who co-star in the upcoming film "Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer," replace former Revlon spokeswomen Julianne Moore and Susan Sarandon. They seem to signal a bid for a younger consumer, post-Vital Radiance. Revlon discontinued Vital Radiance, a cosmetics line tailored for older women, last fall, less than a year after its launch. Alba and Garret, along with the rest of Revlon's star stable — Halle Berry, Eva Mendes and Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp — also attended the soiree. The gaggle of celebrities stayed to watch a private performance by fellow Revlon frontwoman Sheryl Crow, who is the face of Revlon Colorist, a hair color line. During her opening set, Crow declared, "My hair already looks fabulous, thanks to Revlon. Now I need a lip gloss that my hair won't get stuck in."
The annual meeting also was the official debut of NACDS' new president and chief executive officer, Steven C. Anderson. Anderson is new to the drugstore industry, but well versed in association matters, having been president and ceo of the National Restaurant Association.
Among the manufacturer attendees were several industry veterans who are now heading new ventures, including Paul Nunnari, formerly of Johnson & Johnson, who is now helping King of Shaves, a U.K. shaving brand, expand its U.S. presence. Other changes on the manufacturer side include the appointment of Bill Graham as vice president of sales and trade development at Beiersdorf. He previously held positions at Unilever and Bristol Myers Squibb. And, Pete Colombia left White Rain last month to join Lornamead, overseeing sales.
There has also been movement in the executive ranks of several retailers.
At Walgreens, Kathy Steirly, vice president and general merchandise manager for beauty and fashion, will once again oversee categories she had originally managed, including hair care. Walgreens' David Van Howe has been named vice president of purchasing, replacing Robert Kral. Chong Bang, who joined Walgreens in 2004, will fill Van Howe's previous role as divisional vice president and general merchandise manager of health and wellness.The meeting was the last Michel Coutu would attend as president and ceo of Brooks-Eckerd Pharmacy, now that the drugstore chain has been acquired by Rite Aid. Coutu, who will join Rite Aid's board as co-chairman, referred to the meeting as "the passing of the baton." He said, "It's important for us to transfer a great asset to Rite Aid." The deal is expected to close by the end of May.
@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
@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)