DE BAKER MOVE: Robert De Baker has been appointed vice president of sales for North America at Bobbi Brown, a subsidiary of the Estée Lauder Cos. He was most recently with Lauder’s Clinique brand, where he worked as vice president of retail...
DE BAKER MOVE: Robert De Baker has been appointed vice president of sales for North America at Bobbi Brown, a subsidiary of the Estée Lauder Cos. He was most recently with Lauder’s Clinique brand, where he worked as vice president of retail sales support. In his new position, De Baker will report to Maureen Case, general manager of Bobbi Brown.
ARRIVEDERCI AGNOLI: John Agnoli will depart as chief executive officer of Versace Profumi USA Ltd., the New York-based color cosmetics and fragrance arm of the Milanese fashion house, when his three-year contract expires Dec. 31. The brand’s distribution was expanded during Agnoli’s term and "sales doubled and overall profits increased," the company stated, adding that a successor has yet to be named.
TECHPACK MOVE: Claude Gruet has been appointed vice managing director of packaging firm Techpack, a division of Groupe Pechiney. Gruet, 54, has also been named director of the group’s fragrance and treatment business and director of its industrial wing.
BROTHERLY LOVE: Given the pace of Kiehl’s freestanding store openings since 1851, the company’s ribbon-cutting rate during the last year alone has been a veritable retail explosion. Kiehl’s opened its fifth freestanding location — on Philadelphia’s Walnut Street just off Rittenhouse Square — after also opening stores in Boston and Santa Monica this year. Singer and actress Eve was on hand for a party at the new Philadelphia store to officially mark the opening last Saturday — and to raise $5,000 for a charity called the Mary Jane Home Enrichment Center of North Philadelphia.
WHO’S THE BOSS?: Avon’s Andrea Jung is this year, according to Cosmetic Executive Women. The organization presented Avon’s chairman and chief executive officer with the "Best Boss Award" on Tuesday during its annual Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction held at the Waldorf Astoria. Avon president Susan Kropf introduced Jung, saying, "She walks the talk to always be better and do better." Kropf also noted that Jung "brought a new level of urgency" to its cancer fund-raising efforts. Last week Avon announced it had thus far raised an astounding $250 million for the cause. Meanwhile, CEW’s Silent Auction, benefiting the group’s Cancer and Careers program, raised $48,000.
SCENT OF THE RINGS: Demeter highlighted a special screening of "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" in New York last Thursday by introducing its newest scent, New Zealand, at the event — a night that featured that country’s prime minister, Helen Clark, as the guest of honor. New Zealand served as the filming location for the screen adaptations of J.R. Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings" literary trilogy. The fragrance, which blends notes of leaves, barks, grass, snow and stone, launched on Demeter’s Web site a week ago and will enter the brand’s retail distribution on Jan. 1.
GOLDEN ARCHES: Star plucker Anastasia Soare is ready to hit the jackpot in 2003, with an aggressive roll-out of her salons and cosmetic line. The Beverly Hills brow artist is quietly opening her second door this weekend, on fashionable Prospect Street in La Jolla, Calif. At 1,200 square feet and stocked to the gills with her eponymous line, which bowed in 2000, the salon is staffed with four brow and two makeup artists — all personally trained by Soare. She also plans to open a shop in Las Vegas and another in Dallas in the coming months. New York, she teased, isn’t far behind.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews