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.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)