CARULLO’S FOCUS: Anne Carullo has been named senior vice president of global innovation for the Estée Lauder brand.
In her new role, Carullo will be responsible for all global product development, and will provide leadership and guidance to Estée Lauder’s global product council team, a think tank of ideas and concepts from around the world. Carullo will report to Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, group president, The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. "As part of my senior team, Anne is a key partner to our marketing, creative and communication teams as we continue to craft a fully integrated, compelling message for the brand," said Bousquet-Chavanne.
Carullo joined the company in 1992 and has held senior positions in both corporate and brand-specific product development areas. From 1997 to 2001, Carullo led Prescriptives marketing and global product development efforts. Most recently, she worked with The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.’s Corporate Innovation group.
MATRIX PROMOTION: Francesca Raminella has been named vice president and general manager for Matrix USA. Beginning Oct.1, Raminella will assume domestic responsibility for the brand and will report directly to David Craggs, president of L’Oréal USA’s Professional Products division. Raminella was formerly a vice president for Revlon’s global marketing division and in the past has also worked for Procter & Gamble and Sara Lee.
SAFFERT TO CVS: Sherry Saffert, formerly merchandise manager of cosmetics, fragrance and bath at Kmart, has joined CVS as category manager, cosmetics.
ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP: Organizers of the World Summit On Sustainable Development (WSSD), which runs through next week, are urging politicians and industry to adapt and enforce a sustainable development model to reduce global poverty while protecting the environment. Aveda is aiming to do its part by educating consumers: the brand is broadcasting the summit proceedings from Johannesburg, South Africa, via its Web site, aveda.com, and Aveda herbalist and environmental watchdog David Hircock will spend three days distilling the core issues to help Aveda’s Web consumers better understand how their contributions can help make a difference. He will also offer tips to encourage individual activism and change.
"By doing simple, everyday things like purchasing organic food products, using one less gallon of gasoline per week, replacing existing lightbulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescents and recycling, people can reduce their individual carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming, the leading threat to biodiversity," says Hircock. "It’s a lot easier than people think to take responsible action in preserving the health of the planet and its people."
DREAM BALL SOUL: Ashanti, the young singer recently named Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year at the Soul Train Lady Soul Awards, will perform at the 18th Annual Cosmetic Industry’s Dream Ball. The annual fund-raiser,which benefits the American Cancer Society, will be held Sept. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria. Ashanti will appear through a special arrangement with YM magazine. YM’s publisher, Laura McEwen is event chairperson. Joseph M. Horowitz, president and chief executive of Groupe Clarins USA and Carlotta Jacobson, president of Cosmetic Executive Women, will be honored for their contributions to the beauty industry.
MIX IT UP: Giella Custom Blend, a line of cosmetics mixed right at counter, made its exclusive debut at Henri Bendel on Aug. 25. The line has been featured in the windows for the week and Giella herself has been on hand to demonstrate her expertise. Executives are looking to beat the initial plan for the line by double digits. Giella uses the Color Perfect Analysis System to determine the depth, cast and intensity of color appropriate for each client based on their hair, skin and eyes. Then the makeup is mixed right on the spot. Prices rangefrom $12 for a stackable eye shadow to $50 for tinted moisturizers. Products in the collection include cake liner, bronzing powder and lip gloss—which sold out this week.
STAR POWER: Stila’s launch party at Sephora’s Hollywood and Highland store this month drew more than just stargazers — it also drew spenders. Co-sponsored by Vogue, the party drew more than 800 people in less than two hours — who helped rocket the brand’s new fragrance duo, Bouquet du Jour, to the top of Sephora’s sales charts. Creme Bouquet captured the number one slot, while Jade Blossom was number two.
HIT PARADE: Call it Linda Cantello’s version of chart-toppers. Cantello has just released two "best-of" lip palettes, Singles on Lip Hits Neutral and Singles on Lip Hits Deep. Each features four of Cantello’s sheer Slick shades, four creamy-textured Suede shades and a nude gloss with a mini-brush. Each retails for $18. They are available at Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores, neimanmarcus.com and selected specialty stores.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast