CALVIN LEAVES COLOR: Unilever Cosmetics International has confirmed published reports that it decided to completely phase out the color cosmetics and skin care collection of its Calvin Klein Cosmetics division. The color and treatment line was...
CALVIN LEAVES COLOR: Unilever Cosmetics International has confirmed published reports that it decided to completely phase out the color cosmetics and skin care collection of its Calvin Klein Cosmetics division. The color and treatment line was launched in 2000 with the intention of turning Klein’s huge fragrance franchise into a more broadly based beauty business. But hopes have faded. Maria Chiclana, senior vice president of UCI, said executives at the Unilever beauty subsidiary have concluded that "the color line was not material to the business. It was not sustainable." When pressed, she said color was less than 4 percent of total sales. Industry sources estimate Klein’s total beauty sales at $500 million. That would put the color sales at $15 million. The line is only distributed in about 120 doors worldwide, 40 of them in the U.S. Unilever plans to phase out the line by the end of the year. However, Calvin Klein Inc. isn’t giving up on the color business just yet. "We believe strongly in the color business," said Tom Murry, president and chief operating officer of Calvin Klein Inc. "We have a great product and a unique positioning. We are already talking with a number of potential partners about continuing and expanding this business."
SPRING FLINGS: The Helena Rubinstein brand, which is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its launch in Saks Fifth Avenue this month, threw a spring beauty and fashion trends party Wednesday night at Cafe SFA, located on the eighth floor of the retailer’s Manhattan flagship. The soiree, dubbed "Spring Sensations" — also the name of Rubinstein’s spring color collection — marked the Saks launch week of Expressionist, an antiwrinkle offering from Rubinstein.
Meanwhile, five blocks up Fifth Avenue at Henri Bendel, Poppy King, vice president of creative marketing for Prescriptives, put her own spin on spring colors. During the presentation, which was the latest in a series of Bendel’s Girl’s Nite events, King created Prescriptives color looks she thought would work with fashion looks she culled from current Sixties and stewardess trends.
STILA MOVE: Stacy Panagakis has joined Stila Cosmetics as the Estée Lauder-owned brand’s vice president of sales for North America. Panagakis, who most recently worked for Clinique as vice president of global education, succeeds Claudia Poccia, who was promoted to general manager of Stila in January, as reported. Panagakis originally joined Clinique, which is also owned by the Estée Lauder Cos., in 1986 as a counter manager at Macy’s West.BIOTHERM DIRECTOR: Biotherm has appointed Hwa-Kyung Chung senior vice president and brand director, succeeding Caroline Flandrin, who has joined L’Oréal USA’s corporate human resources department as vice president of corporate training. Chung has been with L’Oréal for six years and most recently worked as general manager of the L’Oréal Professional Products division in Thailand. In her new position, Chung will oversee implementation of all marketing, creative and education programs for Biotherm.
BOSS FOR A NIGHT: It was a good night for Hugo Boss. At the 11th annual U.K. FiFi awards on Monday, Boss scooped up three awards. Boss in Motion won best new prestige men’s fragrance, while the perfume shop’s people’s choice award and Cosmopolitan magazine’s "sexiest fragrance" award went to Boss by Hugo Boss. Other winners at the event held at the Dorchester Hotel in London, included Dior Addict, Crave by Calvin Klein and Kate Spade.
NO WALLFLOWER: Red Flower, a four-year-old marketer of floral-based candles and soaps, has named Melissa Oullette director of sales. Oullette, a beauty industry veteran of 10 years, most recently consulted for independent beauty marketers, salons and spas. She was previously vice president of merchandising for now-defunct beautyjungle.com, and, before that, worked as Barneys New York’s Apothecary buyer.
SUBTIL ROLLOUT: Ferragamo Parfums will launch Parfum Subtil, its newest women’s fragrance, in the U.S. later this month. The eau de parfum, which has bowed in Europe, will begin a chainwide rollout to Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as the fashion house’s 16 U.S. boutiques, in mid-April. Subtil follows the launches of Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Femme, 1998, and Pour Homme, 1999. Subtil will be available in three sizes: A 3.4-oz. edp spray for $93; a 1.7-oz. spray for $64, and a 1-oz. spray for $43. Ancillaries will include a body lotion and a bath and shower gel, each in 6.8-oz. packages.
@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