MICHAEL, PART DEUX: Michael Kors is adding a new dimension to his fragrance collection. Kors, who launched his first women’s fragrance with the American Designer Fragrances arm of Parfums Givenchy in 2000 and followed with a men’s scent in...
MICHAEL, PART DEUX: Michael Kors is adding a new dimension to his fragrance collection. Kors, who launched his first women’s fragrance with the American Designer Fragrances arm of Parfums Givenchy in 2000 and followed with a men’s scent in 2001, is set to add a second fragrance masterbrand in February 2003. Called Kors by Michael Kors, the new line will be named for the designer’s bridge apparel collection.
FACTS AND FIGURES: Inter Parfums SA registered first-half 2002 sales of $43.4 million, down 4 percent over the same period last year. All figures are converted from the euro at current exchange rates.
By brand, Burberry rang up sales of $24.8 million; S.T. Dupont, $4.6 million; Paul Smith, $3.2 million; Christian Lacroix, $3.5 million, and Céline, $4.5 million. Other prestige Inter Parfums brands generated $1.37 million, while the company’s mass market fragrances rang up $1.2 million in the period. For yearend, Inter Parfums estimates it will register salesof$83.7 million to $88.6 million.
A CHANGE AT ALMAY?: Sources said that Liz Kenny, director of global color design at Clairol, has been tapped by Revlon to head up its Almay brand. A Revlon spokeswoman declined to comment on the rumor.
NO BARGAIN: Three former Rite Aid executives, including former chairman Martin Grass, on Thursday told a federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., they were innocent of federal criminal charges arising from their alleged participation in accounting fraud. A trial date has been set for Sept. 9, but the judge overseeing the case said it would likely be pushed back to allow time for pre-trial motions. A day earlier, former executive Timothy J. Noonan pled guilty to a felony charge of withholding information from Rite Aid’s internal investigators. Noonan, who has been helping prosecutors, faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under a plea agreement signed last November, Noonan agreed to assist prosecutors in building their case against other Rite Aid executives.
SHOVING OFF: Jim Nevins has wrapped up his consulting project at Estée Lauder and is moving on. According to the company, Nevins joined the Lauder division of Estée Lauder on a consultant basis to work with global advertising vice president Aerin Lauder in developing a new packaging and counter presentation. It’s now done, said a Lauder spokeswoman, and he’s leaving.
DORF OPS: Mary Englander has joined Paula Dorf Cosmetics Inc. as vice president of operations, a new position. Englander, a 17-year veteran of the beauty industry, most recently served for 5 years at Vincent Longo.
SHISEIDO COMES TO ITS SENSES: The Shiseido Studio in SoHo will host "The Sounds of Scent" on Tuesday, July 16 at 11 a.m. The class will benefit students from New York Lighthouse International, an organization that enables people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted to lead independent and productive lives.
“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