• YSL Beauté, Gucci Group’s beauty division, is working on a new Boucheron women’s fragrance, set for launch next year in France and the U.S. — complete with a new image for the brand. It’s also creating a new Van Cleef & Arpels scent and currently introducing a new Fendi women’s fragrance in Italy, with a rollout slated for next year.
    Chantal Roos, chairman and chief executive officer at YSL Beauté, refused to comment on one of the season’s hottest rumors — that YSL is supposedly planning to launch a major new women’s scent in the second half of next year.

  • The Estée Lauder Cos. feted its Estée Lauder Beyond Paradise and Clinique Simply fragrances.

  • Riviera Concepts showcased its limited edition, numbered, and signed bottles of Lulu Guinness’ Life’s A Bed Of Roses fragrance. Two thousand and three flacons were produced and will be sold in such stores as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Each 1-oz. scent in a miniature handbag topped with faux flowers will cost $250.

  • Riviera also presented its Hang Ten scents for him and her, plus a fragrance for Nanette Lepore, which will be introduced in spring 2004. The firm has also signed a beauty license with the sports utility vehicle brand Hummer.

  • Givenchy previewed its revamped 140-stockkeeping-unit makeup line, whose introduction includes a launch in Japan at the end of November and Europe in spring 2004. The item’s packaging is on average 30 percent smaller than for traditional color cosmetics items.

  • Executives at Zirh said they have agreed to relabel the packaging of its Fcuk fragrance, to read French Connection United Kingdom, for certain markets. “It can be done seamlessly,” said Nicholas Ratut, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Zirh, which holds the beauty license for French Connection Ltd. The move came in response to consumer complaints. Zirh executives say the fragrance is selling strong. “We hope that in the U.S [it will make] $30 million to $50 million ex-factory in the next three years," said Ratut.

  • Maurer & Wirtz showcased its master brands Olivier Sports, introduced in Germany last month.

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