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.
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle