IN THE PINK: Harrods is about to blush – and it’s all because of Estée Lauder. Starting Oct. 1, the Knightsbridge store’s facade will be bathed in pink light for one week to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Estée...
IN THE PINK: Harrods is about to blush – and it’s all because of Estée Lauder. Starting Oct. 1, the Knightsbridge store’s facade will be bathed in pink light for one week to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Estée Lauder, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary with Harrods, is paying for the 25,000 lightbulbs and, of course, for the pink cake at a party to mark the anniversary and the month. Leonard Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley are expected to attend the event. On Oct. 1, Estée Lauder will also come out with a limited-edition compact — in the shape of the Harrods building, decorated with faux diamonds and emeralds. The compact, which will contain Beautiful in a solid fragrance form, will sell for approximately $525.
ON THE BLOCK: Reports are circulating in the market that Unilever has begun seriously offering Calvin Klein Cosmetics, for sale, in addition to its other fragrance businesses, including Vera Wang, Nautica, BCBG Max Azria, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Nino Cerruti and Chloé. Among those rumored to have been approached include Wella and Coty, with proposals to buy all the properties. Reportedly with the help of Morgan Stanley, Unilever is in the process of offering Klein alone to Estée Lauder, L’Oréal and Procter & Gamble. Sources estimate that all the fragrances business combined do a total volume of roughly $855 million with Klein doing three quarters of that total. The properties reportedly will be auctioned off, so there has been no mention of an asking price. But sources estimate that Unilever expects a total price in excess of $1 billion. All of the above companies either could not be reached or declined comment.
GET SLAPPED: To celebrate the upcoming movie "Slap Her She’s French," starring Piper Perabo and Jane McGregor, Sephora, Smashbox Cosmetics and Premiere Marketing and Distribution Group are combining makeup and celebrities. McGregor will be on hand to sign autographs, while Smashbox makeup artists give makeovers. The events, to be held at Sephora in its South Coast Plaza and Times Square locations, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
GAP MAKES SCENTS: Gap Inc. will launch two new fragrances under its Gap division — "G" for men and "Simply White" for women — later this month. They are the newest additions to the retailer’s Gap Scents brand, which is tied into its GapBody unit. The eaux de toilette will first bow at gap.com on August 19. On Sept. 4, they will hit roughly 920 combined Gap and GapBody locations. G, which features notes of melon, juniper and sandalwood, will come in 50-ml. and 15-ml. versions for $30 and $15, respectively, and Simply White, which includes notes of orchid, lily of the valley and musk, will be available in 100-ml. and 30-ml. sizes for $22 and $9.50. Ancillaries will accompany both scents.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion