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CAMERA-READY: Lancôme kicked off its first Primetime Emmy partnership Wednesday night by giving some 60 makeup artists, all members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a chance to order its latest products over cocktails at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. “This is your passport to beauty, use it to work your magic,” Ross Burton, Lancôme’s national artistic director, told guests. “It’s not a hard sell like at a department store,” said “The Shield” makeup artist Jennifer Zide. “We’re all professionals here, plus it’s good fun.” The “long-term” partnership includes a Peninsula beauty suite open to nominees for three days before the Sept. 22 awards, and “touch-up lounges” manned by Lancôme makeup artists in the ladies’ and men’s bathrooms at the Shrine Auditorium on the big day.
SAYONARA SEPHORA: Sisley is pulling out of Sephora. “Due to serious conflicts, Sisley has decided to cease its commercial relations with the company Sephora,” Sisley said in a statement this week. “This decision was made at the end of August.” Sisley executives refused to comment further. But industry sources speculate the high-end French skin care firm took issue primarily with service at the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned perfumery chain.
P&G IMPROVEMENT: Procter & Gamble now expects mid-teen growth in earnings per share, excluding restructuring charges, for its first quarter ending this month, versus an earlier forecast of 11 to 15 percent EPS improvement. Prompted by strength from its acquisition of Clairol, in its health care business and in developing markets, the revision places EPS expectations in a range from the current consensus estimate of $1.09 to as high as $1.11. Sales are expected to end the quarter with a high-single-digit increase with currency fluctuations having “a slightly positive impact on the top line,” the company said. P&G reiterated full-year guidance of a double-digit increase in core EPS with 4 to 6 percent sales growth, exclusive of changes in foreign currencies.
AUCOIN TRIBUTE: Henri Bendel shipped out a truckload of clothes to Harvey Milk High School, a public school devoted to the educational needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth. Students got to choose an outfit from the racks Thursday. The event was a curtain-raiser to Allure’s “Backstage Beauty Party” to be held at the store on Sept. 25 and will include an exhibition of Kevyn Aucoin’s work with the magazine. The late makeup artist worked closely with HMHS students and supported the Hetrick-Martin Institute, a backer of the school. His work will be on exhibit at Henri Bendel from Sept. 23-27. There’s also a tribute to Aucoin slated for Sept. 23 in Bryant Park.
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. She reports to Heidi Manheimer, president of U.S. operations for Shiseido Cosmetics (America). Zielinski Tirsch most recently served as a consultant to Ralph Lauren fragrances for the launch of Glamourous.