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.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye