BACHELOR PARTY: Forget ABC’s newest bachelor Andrew Firestone, Henri Bendel was the place to be last week if you’re looking for a hot date. Benefit’s Bachelor Party, held last Thursday in the midst of Bendel’s annual Beauty...
BACHELOR PARTY: Forget ABC’s newest bachelor Andrew Firestone, Henri Bendel was the place to be last week if you’re looking for a hot date. Benefit’s Bachelor Party, held last Thursday in the midst of Bendel’s annual Beauty Week, wrangled in more than 500 customers vying for the hearts of five New York-based bachelors. "What better way to get girls out shopping than to have boys here?" said Benefit co-creator Jean Ford. In addition to some bachelor eye candy, customers were treated to complimentary beauty consultations, tarot card readings and several gift-with-purchase offers by participating brands. There were also guest appearances by "The Sopranos"’ Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Sports Illustrated model Petra Nemcova. By dropping their name in a box, attendees had the chance to win a dinner date at the Chambers Hotel Town restaurant with one of the bachelors. "This event has been an incredible success," said Julie Bell, marketing director for Benefit "We had a 45 percent sales increase from last year."
PRESCRIPTIVES’ RX: New York- and Los Angeles-based dermatologist Karyn Grossman appeared at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Manhattan flagship on behalf of Prescriptives Thursday afternoon. The event marked the launch of the Estée Lauder-owned brand’s Dermapolish kit, a new at-home microdermabrasion system. Grossman consulted customers on the basics of skin care and explained the Prescriptives offering. Dermapolish has a retail price of $125 and is currently rolling out to 300 doors.
SKY TOUR: The Estée Lauder Cos., along with Sears Canada, is sponsoring singer Amy Sky’s "With This Kiss" national tour of Canada. The Canadian singer will tour 35 cities across Canada this year in support of her new CD of the same name. The tour began recently in Ontario.
SUMMER SUNG: Riviera Concepts, which holds the Alfred Sung fragrance license, is launching a summer version of Sung’s three-year-old women’s fragrance, Shi. Sha, as the summer scent is called, got its name from the Cantonese word for summer.
GIVAUDAN NUMBERS: Givaudan, the Swiss flavors and fragrances firm, reported first-quarter sales of $497.6 million, up 21.1 percent in local currencies over the same period year-on-year. In Swiss francs, growth was 7.9 percent. Dollar figures have been converted from the Swiss franc at current exchange rates. The group’s fragrance division reported sales of $206 million, up 6.9 percent year-on-year at local currencies. In Swiss francs, its sales dipped 2.6 percent.MONEY MATTERS: France’s Marionnaud Parfumeries posted first-quarter pretax consolidated sales of $222.4 million, up 14.9 percent over the same period in 2002. Dollar figures have been converted from the euro at current exchange rates. In France, the group rang up sales of $151.9 million, up 3.7 percent over the year-ago period. On a like-for-like basis, sales were flat. Outside France, sales reached $70.5 million, up 49.4 percent in the period.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia