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CRADLE CHANGES: Joseph Cicio joined beauty startup Cradle Holdings as senior vice president on Monday, roughly two weeks after leaving Mayor’s Jewelers, where he was chief executive officer. Cradle also appointed Lauren Freedman vice president of...

CRADLE CHANGES: Joseph Cicio joined beauty startup Cradle Holdings as senior vice president on Monday, roughly two weeks after leaving Mayor’s Jewelers, where he was chief executive officer. Cradle also appointed Lauren Freedman vice president of marketing, a new position. She was previously Cradle’s vice president and national sales manager. That spot was filled by Catherine A. Somoza, who was elevated from her post as West Coast field vice president.

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L’OREAL NAMES: Julia Fedou was appointed managing director of Club des Createurs de Beauté, the beauty catalog owned jointly by L’Oréal and Groupe 3 Suisses International. Fedou will begin her new functions in the coming weeks and replaces current director Jean-Noel Rivoire, who is retiring. Fedou has been with L’Oréal for 21 years, most recently as director of L’Oréal’s mass market division in Spain. In other news, Guillaume de Lesquen was named assistant managing director of Lancôme International starting Oct. 1. In this newly created post, de Lesquen will report to Lancôme’s recently appointed managing director Marc Dubrule. De Lesquen previously headed up L’Oréal’s Giorgio Armani fragrance and cosmetics division. Fabio Mancone will replace de Lesquen as managing director of Giorgio Armani Parfums et Cosmetiques. Mancone has held positions at L’Oréal — including at Lancôme and Ralph Lauren — and at Unilever and Kraft Foods.

ROBERTET RESULTS: French flavors and fragrances firm Robertet reported first-half sales for 2002 were up 4 percent to $108.2 million. Dollar figures were converted from the euro at current exchange rates. The firm’s net profits were up 8.5 percent, to $8.6 million. By region, its sales in the U.S. were up 7 percent, while Europe’s volume remains “positive,” the company said in a statement, without breaking out numbers. It added that results in Japan were “excellent.” For the full year, the company forecasts a sales increase of 5 percent at constant exchange rates. For the first eight months ended Aug. 31, Robertet’s consolidated sales were $141.4 million, up 2.6 percent year-on-year, or up 4.8 percent on a like-for-like basis.

SPARKLING SCENTS: The Fragrance Foundation held a panel discussion called Fragrance in Contemporary Art Jewelery on Wednesday, which featured five jewelers: Celia Sebiri, Kiwon Wang, Eva Eisler, Biba Shutz and Mikala Naur. The panel members, who have incorporated fragrance into jewelry, displayed a variety of pieces that have the capability of holding fragrance. “Fragrance has always been talked about as the invisible accessory and jewelry as the visible,” said Annette Green, the retiring president of the Fragrance Foundation. “I love the idea that the two have come together.” In other news, the office of the mayor of Paris will award Green the Déco, prior to the start of the Fragrance Foundation’s global symposium there on Oct. 16. Green is being honored for her work on establishing the Fragrance Foundation Francoise, which handles the Fragrance Foundation Awards, or FiFi’s, in France.

BAKER JOINS ALOETTE: Robert Baker, previously operating vice president of merchandising for cosmetics at the Home Shopping Network, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Aloette Cosmetics. Baker also previously worked for Clinique Services. In his new post, he will oversee development of Aloette’s television and retail businesses.

SHISEIDO APPOINTMENT: Jadzia Zielinski Tirsch, a former member of Revlon’s communications team, has joined Shiseido Cosmetics (America) as vice president of public relations.

TRIBUTE CANCELED: The Kevyn Aucoin tribute planned for Sept. 23, the last day of Fashion Week, has been postponed. The new date will be some time in February to coincide with the late makeup artist’s 41st birthday and Fashion Week. The decision to postpone the tribute was made largely in part to Aucoin’s mother’s inability to travel next week due to health reasons. Aucoin died May 7 due to complications resulting from a metabolic disorder.