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.”
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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.