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COLOR CONSULTANT: Clairol has appointed a New York–based colorist, Giselle, who will act as spokeswoman and consult on the development of its retail hair color offerings. Currently at Manhattan’s Pierre Michel Salon, Giselle has worked in...

COLOR CONSULTANT: Clairol has appointed a New York–based colorist, Giselle, who will act as spokeswoman and consult on the development of its retail hair color offerings. Currently at Manhattan’s Pierre Michel Salon, Giselle has worked in the past with former Clairol spokesman Louis Licari. The move comes as Clairol introduces its reinvented Nice ‘n Easy hair color collection, which features 40 shades, including 11 that employ a “copper blocking” technology to maximize color effects.

REV-VING UP 007: With Revlon poster babe Halle Berry starring in the latest James Bond installment, “Die Another Day,” company representatives — and product — are turning out in mass at the premiers. At the Los Angeles opening Monday night, a 16-strong Revlon entourage walked the red carpet and met up with the Oscar-winning actress — who wore Collette Dinnigan — at the after-party. There, the 3,000 guests left with goodie bags that included a gauzy sack filled with Berry Avenger nail and lip color — part of Revlon’s 007 Color Collection promo now in stores. And Bond collectors will have to scramble soon: With a larger party slated for the London premiere next week, The Look of Jinx, as the palette is called, could become harder to get. Revlon is offering a consumer sweepstakes, “Live the Life of a Bond Girl,” in which women can win a Ford Thunderbird, like the one Berry maneuvers in the film, or a British Airways trip to London. Revlon is also teaming up with its retail partners to sponsor screenings in 16 markets.

NEW SCENT: Hermès Parfums is getting ready to launch its next women’s fragrance, Un Jardin en Mediterranee, this spring.

MAXIMUM EXPOSURE: Henri Bendel gave the Laura Mercier makeup artist line some prime real estate on Tuesday. That was when Mercier opened a new space, called Face on Fifth, on Bendel’s beauty floor — with prominent exposure in the store’s southern Fifth Avenue window. “Henri Bendel will be the first store to reach $3 million in Laura Mercier sales in a year with the addition of Face on Fifth,” stated Janet Gurwitch Bristow, chief executive officer of Mercier’s licensee, Gurwitch Bristow Products. Face on Fifth brings total Laura Mercier space at Bendel’s to 220 square feet.

BUMBLE BOOK: Bumble and bumble’s founder Michael Gordon has come out with a book called “Hair Heroes,” which shines the limelight on the often behind-the-scenes existence of hairstylists. The 255-page volume intends to “pay homage to the artists who have preceded us” and educate young stylists by presenting the modern history of how the craft has progressed. It features interviews with 12 hairdressers, including Jackie O’s stylist Kenneth, Aldo Coppola and Vidal Sassoon. The book begins selling at Bumble and bumble’s New York flagship salon in January.

BEAUTY BUY: Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., through its A.S. Watson subsidiary, got the green light in late October from EU authorities to acquire the Kruidvat Group, Europe’s leading health-and-beauty retailer.

L’OREAL LAUREATS: L’Oréal is on a winning streak. The French beauty giant’s chairman and chief executive officer Lindsay Owen-Jones was named best company head for the past 20 years by French bimonthly financial magazine Challenges on Wednesday. Owen-Jones took first place ahead of other bigwigs in the luxury sector, including Pinault-Printemps-Redoute’s ceo Serge Weinberg, who placed sixth, and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s Bernard Arnault, who came in ninth. L’Oréal also took first prize for Europe, the Mideast and Africa at the Global Corporate Achievement Awards 2002, hosted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the business information arm of The Economist Group, which also publishes The Economist magazine. The awards were conceived to “recognize companies that have delivered outstanding performance in volatile economic conditions,” according to an EIU statement. L’Oréal beat Inditex, owner of fast-fashion chain Zara, in the category.

NEW POST: Henry de Monclin has been named president and chief executive officer of Ateliers Dinand in Paris. Monclin, who had formerly been artistic director and vice president of sales and marketing at Dinand, succeeds Christian Jouffret.

MANNER BUYS MONTEIL: Alfons Manner has purchased the worldwide rights to the Monteil trademarks from the Lancaster Group. Manner, based in Bruck, Germany, has been the brand’s distributor in Germany and Austria for the last five years. Lancaster would not divulge details of the deal, but a Lancaster spokeswoman in Paris said Monteil is “not a real strategical brand for us. We want to focus on our core Lancaster business.” She described the brand’s business as “quite small.” Manner was not available for comment, but an associate said he was currently restructuring the Monteil business.

MAIL CALL: Yue Sai Kan has made her latest appearance — on a Chinese postage stamp. The TV personality turned cosmetics entrepreneur bowed in the mail last month when the postal office of the People’s Republic of China issued two postage portraits. Kan’s visage is paired with an image of a decorative jade piece on the 80-cent (10 cents U.S.) stamp.