MEETING CHANGES: The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced changes to its annual Marketplace meeting. Retailers willing to participate in special Saturday meetings — called Saturday Meet the Market — will not pay any...
MEETING CHANGES: The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has announced changes to its annual Marketplace meeting. Retailers willing to participate in special Saturday meetings — called Saturday Meet the Market — will not pay any meeting expenses. Schedules will be personalized so that the right buyers and sellers are put together. NACDS has also launched MYMarketplace on marketplacenacds.org, a Web-based tool to help retailers tailor agendas to meet individual objectives. There will also be Marketplace Magazine to help attendees plan for the annual trade show, to be held in San Diego from June 7-10.
Back by popular demand are the Teen People TrendSpotters who tour Marketplace picking hot items.The teens were a big hit at last year's show and selected many beauty items including Caboodles boxes and Kinetin lipstick.
SHISEIDO ON THE SCENT: A recent study by Japanese beauty giant Shiseido shows that relaxing and refreshing fragrances have skin care effects. The brand researched skin’s reaction to different scents and found that Tea Rose Element, for example, has a sedative effect and also boosts the skin's "barrier function," which prevents the loss of essential substances and the entry of harmful products into the body. "Shiseido will continue to pursue the beneficial effects of scent as a means of further supporting the cosmetic lifestyles of our customers," the company said in a statement.
ROCKET MAN: Elton John gave a benefit concert for the Elton John AIDS Foundation recently, a performance that was sponsored by MAC Cosmetics and the MAC AIDS Fund. The show was held at the Shepards Bush Empire in London and featured celebrity attendees, including Elizabeth Hurley and Vivienne Westwood.
BOUTIQUE SCENTS: Francis Jerome, an independent beauty boutique just north of Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, has launched an assortment of three eponymous fragrances. Each scent in the trio, which began selling last month, also features a Hindi name: Sitarai (Starlight), Roshni (Sunlight) and Chandni (Moonlight).
FIRST PRIZE: Perfumer Maurice Roucel of Dragoco was awarded the Prix Francois Coty, a prize for the best perfumer, late last month. Roucel was selected by a jury that included Annette Green, the Fragrance Foundation’s outgoing president.
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“From concept to creation, my goal was to create beautiful pieces, with a variety of sizes, all at affordable prices,” said @joansmalls of the swimwear and intimate apparel she designed for @smartandsexysocial. The collection includes neon laced bras, sheer bodysuits and swimwear separates. The intimates collection will launch in July, while the swimwear collection will be available for purchase on Tuesday at select @walmart stores, walmart.com and smartandsexy.com. #wwdfashion