SCIENCE CLASS: Since their inception in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards have provided funding for scores of scientists across the globe. This year, the program is broadening: in addition to the global awards, a U.S. version will also be launched in 2004.
At a gala luncheon at the Museum of Natural History, John Wendt, executive vice president of public affairs for L’Oréal, explained why: "Our founder was a chemist, and science is in the heart and blood of L’Oréal," he said, noting that the multibillion dollar corporation spends a sum equivalent to upward of 3 percent of its annual sales on research and development, and is also responsible for more than 3,000 new formulas and 500 patent applications each year.
"We’re very proud of the program," said Jean-Paul Agon, president and chief executive officer of L’Oréal USA, noting that more than 60 percent of the company’s scientists are women. As for why the U.S. component was introduced, Agon noted that "the size of the market makes it logical to promote scientific development in all forms."
IT’S OFFICIAL: Shiseido Cosmetics (America) Ltd., has appointed a chief financial officer and it is Karen Carlson, a 25-year veteran of the beauty industry. Carlson, who had acted as cfo for the U.S. arm of the Japanese cosmetics giant since October, has been permanently named to the post of executive vice president of operations and cfo, the company announced this week. Carlson will report to Hiroshi Maruyama, chairman and chief executive of Shiseido Cosmetics (America). Carlson acted as a consultant to various beauty marketers prior to joining Shiseido. She also spent 12 years at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she held senior financial and operations positions at Parfums Christian Dior.
FIT’S BEAUTY APPOINTMENT: Stephan Kanlian has been named chairman of the master’s degree program in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The program, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., is designed for beauty industry professionals that are seeking advanced managerial training. As chairman, Kanlian will be responsible for overseeing curriculum development; relationships with the program’s corporate partners; development of corporate sponsorships; an executive mentor program, and admissions and special events.
FIFI A LA FRANCAISE: France feted fragrance this week with the 11th annual FiFi awards ceremony. Its winners included: Gucci Eau de Parfum for best women’s fragrance and best women’s bottle; Parfums Yves Saint Laurent’s M7 for best men’s scent; Serge Lutens’ Vetiver Oriental for best original concept for a fragrance distributed through a "limited number of doors," and Hugo Boss’ Boss in Motion for best men’s bottle. Yves Saint Laurent Parfums’ Opium and Paco Rabanne’s Paco Rabanne Pour Homme each picked up awards for best advertising for classic fragrances.
RETIRING FROM IFF: Julian Boyden, executive vice president at International Flavors & Fragrances, will retire on Monday after 35 years in the flavors and fragrances industry. Boyden, former president and ceo of Bush Boake Allen, joined IFF when the latter acquired BBA in 2000. Additionally, Stephen A. Block, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, will retire at the end of the year after 11 years with IFF.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty