HIGHER CALLING: Steven Lund is resigning as president and chief executive officer of Nu Skin Enterprises. Lund, who joined Nu Skin some six years ago to handle the company’s initial public offering and then stayed on as its chief legal officer,...
HIGHER CALLING: Steven Lund is resigning as president and chief executive officer of Nu Skin Enterprises. Lund, who joined Nu Skin some six years ago to handle the company’s initial public offering and then stayed on as its chief legal officer, is leaving for a leadership assignment in the missionary program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Truman Hunt, the company’s executive vice president and general counsel, will succeed Lund as president. Lund will stay on until the firm’s shareholder meeting in May 2003, at which time Hunt will also become ceo.
PACKAGING POST: Rexam Beauty & Closures, a consumer packaging firm, has promoted Jon Alexander to vice president of sales and marketing for makeup in North America. Alexander was most recently sales director. In his new position, effective last week, Alexander will be responsible for planning and carrying out sales and marketing strategies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He will report to Charles Gounod, managing director of makeup worldwide.
FCUK MOVE: Karen Gori has been named brand manager for the newly established FCUK men’s and women’s fragrance licenses. In her new post, Gori will report to Brian Robinson, president of Zirh, which handles the licenses, and will be responsible for all marketing activities, brand management and corporate partnerships. She was previously at Avon, where she was senior manager of global marketing for fragrance and specialty bath.
NO DEAL: Quality King will not be acquiring Parlux Fragrances. "We have concluded that a business combination with Quality King does not meet our strategic objectives at this time," said Ilia Lekach, chairman and chief executive officer of Parlux, in a statement this week. In October, Quality King expressed interest in acquiring Parlux, the marketer of several fragrance brands, including Perry Ellis and Jockey.
BLACK TIE REQUESTED: Chanel and Seventeen magazine unveiled the "Chanel Colour of the Year" at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street store Tuesday. "Black Tie," as the color is called, is available as a nail color and lip Glossimer at Chanel Beauté counters nationwide and on Gloss.com. Seventeen-year-old Lindsay Sousa, who named the color, was selected from more than 5,600 entrants during the sixth annual contest.
NEIGHBORLY SHISEIDO: A Shiseido store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue displayed two signs splashing "Stop Con Edison" next to cosmetics sets in the windows this week. The store was jointly protesting construction of an electrical substation on 30th Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway by local power company Consolidated Edison. Con Ed sidestepped claims by the Herald Square South Civic Association that, given their fuel oil store, "substations are prime targets for terrorist attacks."
A Con Ed spokeswoman said, "The substation will provide much-needed electric delivery [for] the growing commercial and residential energy needs of Chelsea and neighboring areas."
“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