BLOOM SUCCEEDS GREEN: Rochelle Bloom, former president of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and a 26-year veteran of The Estée Lauder Cos., was appointed president of the Fragrance Foundation on Monday night, while Bloom’s predecessor, Annette Green,...
BLOOM SUCCEEDS GREEN: Rochelle Bloom, former president of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and a 26-year veteran of The Estée Lauder Cos., was appointed president of the Fragrance Foundation on Monday night, while Bloom’s predecessor, Annette Green, was named the third member of the Fragrance Foundation’s Circle of Champions. Green officially retires at the end of the year and Bloom starts Jan. 1.
CHARM SCHOOL: BeneFit Cosmetics took over Henri Bendel’s beauty floor this week to promote Glamourette, it’s new color cosmetics assortment, while purveying etiquette, such as: "don’t apply makeup in public." The theme of the irreverent event, which ends Saturday, is "makeup and manners." While neither BeneFit nor Bendel’s executives would discuss sales figures, sources project the total take could reach $75,000.
GLOBAL VISION: The merger of Dragoco and Haarmann & Reimer has spawned a global fine fragrances division with Roger Schmid as president. Schmid will report to Tim Schaffner, president of fragrance and cosmetics worldwide. A team of executives will report to Schmid, including Veronique Gabai, who will head to the North American market; Olivier Perrard, who will head Europe, Africa and the Mideast; Isabelle Vacheret in global marketing; Tony Cannone in global strategic planning; Elizabeth Carre in global project management, and Maurice Roucel in global perfumery.
TWO-FOR-THREE: Parfums Givenchy Inc. has appointed two vice presidents to handle its three designer fragrance businesses. Marianne Darlak, formerly vice president of naturals at Bath & Body Works, has been appointed vice president of marketing for Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors fragrances at the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton division’s two-year-old American Designer Fragrances unit. Additionally, Carlos Timiraos, formerly vice president of health and beauty at the Home Shopping Network, has joined American Designer Fragrances as vice president of marketing for Kenneth Cole fragrances.
LANCOME MOVES: Marie Cesbron has been promoted to assistant vice president of makeup marketing at Lancôme.
EU ANIMAL TESTING: The European Union is closer to banning the testing of cosmetics on animals. In a marathon meeting that ended Thursday, the European Council and the European Parliament agreed that testing cosmetics goods on animals and the sale of such products within the European Union should be banned. The two bodies now must vote on the measure which, if adopted, would ban cosmetics tested on animals where alternative testing methods are available six years after the directive comes into force.
FACTS & FIGURES: Marionnaud Parfumeries reported that its first-half pretax consolidated sales were up 31 percent year-on-year to $416.3 million. Dollar figures have been converted from the euro at current exchange rates. The perfumery chain’s pretax profit weighed in at $21.5 million in the period, up 79 percent year-on-year, the company said in a statement. Net profit rose by 46.5 percent to $12.5 million in the period. The group’s third-quarter sales were up 10.1 percent over the same period in 2001 on a like-for-like basis. Also, Marionnaud has snapped up Paris’ four-door Rayon D’Or perfumery chain. The stores, which generate $14.8 million annually, will be fully acquired in January.
BATTEUR UP: Groupe Batteur, a cosmetics and pharmaceuticals firm based in Caen, France, has launched a beauty operation in the U.S. headed by Anna Lempereur. Plans call for the spring launch of two product lines in the U.S. –six to eight sku’s for retail stores and 17 products for spas. Both lines will fall under an existing Batteur brand called Algotherm.
A FINE JOB: Cover Girl has enlarged and specialized its makeup artist team by appointing Sam Fine, who will be the company’s first makeup artist exclusively devoted to consulting African-American customers according to parent Procter & Gamble.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)