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ALL ABOUT AUDREY: Audrey Hepburn will be the subject of an exhibit and auction event, “Audrey Hepburn: The Beauty of Compassion,” benefiting All Children in School, an Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund initiative supporting UNICEF educational programs. The event, which will be held at Sotheby’s in New York on April 21, has an all-star benefit committee — including both of Hepburn’s sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, as well as Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Hubert de Givenchy, Michael Kors and Natalie Portman. It is also being supported by Parfums Givenchy, in honor of its reintroduction of Hepburn’s signature scent L’Interdit; Town & Country magazine and Sotheby’s.
The event will include an exhibit, live auction, cocktail reception and exclusive dinner at Bid Brasserie. The exhibit will also feature “time capsules” that reflect Audrey Hepburn’s life and passions, including her family, fashion and humanitarian work. Drawings, letters, photographs, clothing and accessories, movie memorabilia, and video and audio clips will also be on display at Sotheby’s. The live auction will include such items as a Hubert de Givenchy ballgown designed for the film “Sabrina” and a Louis Vuitton beauty case. Ticket information and additional details are available at audreyhepburn.com or by calling 310-393-5331.
LONG SHOT: Longs Drug Stores Corp. has announced the resignation of Terry Burnside, the drug store operator’s long-time chief operating officer, effective immediately. Warren F. Bryant, who became president and chief executive officer last October, will assume coo duties. Burnside’s resignation follows the company’s largest share tumble in 12 years, after the retailer warned that charges for writing down assets, higher operating expenses and a weak economy will push fourth quarter profits far below Wall Street estimates. On Feb. 14, the stock dropped by as much as 26 percent to $15.15 on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock closed out at $15.77 on Thursday. According to reports, Longs did not invest enough on modernizing its business through the 1990s, so now it has to sort out operational problems that are destabilizing their business. Walnut Creek, California-based Longs operates 457 drug stores on the West Coast.
NEUTROGENA HIRES: Jan Hall, formerly senior vice president and general manager of consumer marketing at Coca-Cola, has joined Neutrogena as president of North America, a newly created position. Hall is responsible for Neutrogena’s U.S. business. She reports to Michael McNamara, global president of Neutrogena. Jim Colleran, previously number two under McNamara, had been promoted last summer to president of the Johnson & Johnson Sales and Logistics Co. Carl Sell, whose experience includes Arcade Marketing and Procter & Gamble’s Cover Girl, has joined Neutrogena as vice president of cosmetics. He reports to Hall. In other cosmetics news, Neutrogena is rolling out new cosmetics fixtures this spring.
NEW FIRM: Former International Flavors & Fragrances executive Martine Fougeron de Monès has opened her own strategy, marketing and creative consulting firm called Martine Luxe. Prior to opening the firm, which is based in New York, de Monès spent 12 years at IFF and was most recently global vice president of creative. Her new firm will focus on brand extensions by luxury firms in the beauty, fashion, technology and design sectors.
PAIR OF ACES: Vera Wang set what’s believed to be a one-day sales record for a fragrance brand at Saks Fifth Avenue during a public appearance at the retailer’s Manhattan flagship last week. Unilever, Wang’s fragrance licensee, stated that the designer’s eponymous collection rang up $26,000 in retail sales the day before Valentine’s Day. The event last week garnered $1,000 more in sales volume than the total from the same event last year, which was held to mark the launch of Wang’s fragrance. In other Unilever news, the company has signed tennis player Serena Williams to be the face behind its Close-Up toothpaste. Her likeness will appear on packaging starting next month.
JUST FOR YOU: If Prescriptives has its way, it’ll be on the lips of all of the actresses nominated in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories for this year’s Academy Awards. Literally. The brand’s national artistic director, Darac, has just created and sent a unique shade to each nominee. Mere mortals can also have the customized experience — while the service is currently available only at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, it will launch later this month in select cities across the U.S., including Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills and New York. The lipsticks are presented in sets of two, encased in a white leather case, for $60.
DIOR’S OSCAR MOMENT: Parfums Christian Dior has widened its Oscars makeover push this year to include Academy Awards nominees and presenters. Last year, Dior’s slate of celebrities and VIPs included guest attendees of the event, or those generally outside the show’s stage lights. This year, however, independent makeup artists Scott Barnes and Paul Starr will break out Dior cosmetics — especially Dior Show Mascara and Dior Addict Ultra Gloss lip gloss, the company said — for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson and Renée Zellweger.
VIP VALENTINES: Cameron Silver, proprietor of Decades, the Los Angeles vintage clothing boutique, gave classic Guerlain fragrances to some of his celebrity Valentines this year. The list of clients includes Selma Blair and Renée Zellweger, who each received L’Heure Bleue, and Nicole Kidman, who received Vol de Nuit. Decades will also feature the same scents — and others including Jicky, Samsara and Shalimar — in a window display featuring Fifties fashion and a vintage Jacques Adnet vanity that Silver plans to install next month.
NIVEA NIGHT: Building on its body product business, which already includes Body Firming Cream and Shimmer Lotion, Nivea is introducing Renewal Night Creme for Body. The soufflé-like formula is intended to smooth skin while you sleep and also provide women a moment of relaxation in the evening. “We want the efficacy, the smooth skin and at night you have that moment to relax a little bit too,” said Susan Savoie, vice president of marketing for Nivea. “It improves skin and helps your spirit.” The creme is quickly absorbed and uses Ceramide and vitamins F&H to protect and replenish skin. A 10-oz. jar is $9.99.
BRIGHT SPOT: Seven-year-old French skin care firm Caudalie is branching into sun care. Vinosun, the company’s new two-stockkeeping-unit offering, is designed to provide antiaging benefits on top of its chief function as a sunblock. The Vinosun formulation features a proprietary Caudalie compound that’s based on grapeseed extract and said to have antioxidant effects. Vinosun is scheduled to make its U.S. debut in early May in 60 doors, including Barneys New York, Sephora and Neiman Marcus. It will hit European doors in April. Vinosun, which is packaged in 40-ml. tubes, will come in SPF 15 and SPF 25 versions, priced at $45 and $55, respectively.
ON A LIGHT NOTE: Costume National will introduce the final installment of its Scent trilogy starting in April. Called Scent Sheer, it’s a sheer eau fraiche interpretation of the brand’s first fragrances, Scent and Scent Intense, which were introduced last year. “All of the fragrances have the same architecture, but each plays on one facet as a soloist,” explained Nathalie Colin-Vapaille, international marketing director at fragrance licensee Maxibell, the Paris-based fragrance arm of Japan’s Kanebo Group.
While Scent Sheer’s strongest note is jasmine tea, Scent’s predominant overtone is of hibiscus and Scent Intense’s is of amber. The new edition will come as a 100-ml. eau fraiche spray set to retail for $62. The dollar price is converted from the euro at current exchange rates and is for France. Scent Sheer will bow in France and some other European countries in April, then roll out to Costume National’s full fragrance distribution of 18 markets by the end of the first half. Also for 2003, Maxibell plans to open nine more markets, where Scent Sheer will be introduced in 2004.
SKIN AWARDS: The Skin Cancer Foundation will honor Susan Arnold, Procter & Gamble’s president of global personal beauty care, and Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure, during its Skin Sense Award Gala later this year. Each is slated to receive the Skin Sense Award during the ceremony, which is scheduled for Nov. 19.
NEW NAME: The new company born from the merger of fragrance suppliers Haarmann & Reimer and Dragoco is called Symrise. The name and its logo — which incorporates the two prior firm’s insignias: a dragon for Dragoco and a hummingbird for Haarmann & Reimer — were presented to employees Thursday. Symrise, based in Holzminden, Germany, was formed following EQT Northern Europe Private Equity Funds’ acquisition of Haarmann & Reimer from Bayer in July 2002.
VERSACE APPOINTMENT: Bob Rodgers has joined Versace Profumi USA Ltd. as national sales manager, a newly created position that’s based in Miami. Rodgers most recently worked for Guerlain USA, where he spent nine years covering territories including the Southwest, Southeast and Puerto Rico. Prior to Guerlain, Rodgers worked for Prescriptives and Elizabeth Arden.