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.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion