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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)