BLISS ON THE BLOCK?: With LVMH reportedly selling off its non-core businesses, industry insiders are again pointing to the possible sale of BlissWorld LLC, the beauty empire founded by Marcia Kilgore in 1996 that was partially acquired by the luxury goods manufacturer in 1999 for an estimated $30 million. Kilgore, who acts as creative director for the company, could not be reached for comment, but a spokesperson said Bliss executives were unaware of any plans to sell the company. Since the acquisition, BlissWorld now boasts three day spas — two in New York, one in London — a catalog business, two product lines (Laboratoire Remede skin care and Bliss Labs), as well as a department store outpost in the Galeries Lafayette flagship in Paris. Industry sources estimate BlissWorld generates $40 million in annual sales. In addition to Bliss, LVMH also owns the licenses for perfume and cosmetics brands Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, BeneFit Cosmetics, Acqua di Parma and Fresh.

PARK AVENUE BLONDE: Garnier Nutrisse is looking to create the next must-have blonde look, a warm, sophisticated light hue, by dyeing the hair of models during Fashion Week a shade called Champagne Fizz. Garnier spokesmodel Sarah Jessica Parker currently sports Champagne Fizz in TV and print ads. The color will next appear as a key accessory in Douglas Hannant’s spring 2004 collection, the theme of which, Park Avenue Blonde, is a nod toward the designer’s fair-haired clientele. Garnier’s head colorist, Marcello Paglionico, is scheduled to dye models’ hair a week before the show, which is slated for Monday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m., at the Gertrude tent at Bryant Park. Boxes of Garnier Nutrisse hair color will be given out in the show’s gift bag.

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