CHANEL PROMOTION: Annette Falso has been promoted to vice president of product marketing and training, Chanel Fragrance and Beauté. She will oversee all training initiatives for the Chanel Beauté and Fragrance Division in the new post. Falso...
CHANEL PROMOTION: Annette Falso has been promoted to vice president of product marketing and training, Chanel Fragrance and Beauté. She will oversee all training initiatives for the Chanel Beauté and Fragrance Division in the new post. Falso joined Chanel in 1985 and most recently served as vice president of new product development. Beauté.
MUGLER MOVES: Jean-Francois Leprince has been named managing director for France at Thierry Mugler Parfums. Most recently, he was the commercial director for France at Groupe Clarins. Leprince has also worked for the Carita and Lacoste brands and at L’Oréal. He succeeds Alain Semavoine.
SNIFFING AROUND: Quality King Distributors has expressed interest in acquiring Parlux Fragrances, the marketer of brands like Perry Ellis, Fred Hayman Beverly Hills, Ocean Pacific and Jockey. Parlux, which also markets and manufacturers a line called Animal Parfums, reported sales of $70 million for the fiscal year ending in March, up 1.6 percent. Last year, Quality King, a privately held fragrance distributor and marketer, bought novelty fragrance company Smell This.
DEL DOUBLES: Del Laboratories Inc.’s third-quarter profits shot up 114.7 percent to $5.1 million, or 57 cents per diluted share, from $2.4 million, or 27 cents, in the year-ago quarter. Sales for the period ended Sept. 30 were up 20.8 percent to $95.2 million from $78.8 million. Growth was driven by continued momentum in the Uniondale, N.Y.-based firm’s cosmetic business, led by the Sally Hansen brand, which saw its market share in nail care rise to 26 percent for the quarter. For the nine months, profits climbed 110.3 percent to $14.6 million, or $1.64 per diluted share, from $7 million, or 82 cents, a year ago. Results were pumped up by an aftertax gain of $1.5 million, or 17 cents per basic share, on the sale of vacant land in the first quarter this year. Sales jumped 18.7 percent to $268.4 million from $226.1 million.
FACTS & FIGURES: For the first half ending in June, Ales Groupe — which includes the Lierac, Phyto and Caron brands —registered a 13.6 percent increase in sales to $69.4 million. Its operating profit in the period spiked 121 percent to $10.5 million. The firm’s nine-month sales for this year were up 11.6 percent to $97.9 million. Dollar figures are converted from the euro at current exchange rates.
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: Bobbi Brown launched her third book, "Beauty Evolution: A Guide to a Lifetime of Beauty," with a party on Tuesday night that was co-hosted by In Style magazine. Guests were able to view a gallery display of life-size photographs from the book. Beauty Evolution is a 224-page work that is intended to help guide women at any age to look and feel their best. The tome, published by HarperResource, showcases women of various generations, races, styles and sizes and sells for $29.95.
GET A GRIP: Work out and smell good too? That’s what a Macy’s Herald Square promotion for a new version of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Male is attempting for the next week — almost. The limited-edition fragrance looks and operates like an arm-building hand grip but, when squeezed, out comes a spritz of eau de toilette. Gaultier’s licensee Beauté Prestige International and the gym chain Crunch got together for the event, which features models, music and a raffle for a free one-year membership to Crunch. The hand grip scent and a refill bottle come in a kit called the Big Biceps Spray (4,000 were produced and priced at $65), which is carried at 111 department stores, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Burdines, Hecht’s and Marshall Field’s.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia