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.

BUMBLE IN HOLIDAY MODE: Bumble and bumble is launching three gift sets, including limited-edition body washes, for holiday. The assortments feature shampoo, conditioner and body wash, in seaweed, alojoba or gentle variances. Seaweed body wash formulas include algae extract and sea kelp. Alojoba body wash is formulated for normal to dry skin and includes aloe, jojoba oil, cucumber and chamomile. Gentle body wash is formulated with avocado oil, nettle extract and glycerine. Gift sets go on sale in November at Bumble and bumble’s Midtown location, as well as its Meatpacking District site, which is scheduled to open in the fall. Seaweed sets will retail for $39, alojoba sets will cost $49 and gentle sets are priced at $59.

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