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.
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye