CHANEL ENDOWMENT: Chanel has donated $1.5 million to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, an endowment that will establish the Chanel Prize for Achievement in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Additionally, the grant will support overarching clinical programs in the obstetrics and gynecology department, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Honors for outstanding achievement in obstetrics and gynecology will be presented at a public lecture and luncheon later this year, where recipients — who will be selected by a committee, including the obstetrics and gynecology department chairman, a Chanel representative and leading physicians and researchers in the field — will deliver presentations on their clinical and research work. In addition to the endowment, Chanel will donate gift bags containing Chanel cosmetics, skin care products and brochures on medical and infant care to all women who give birth at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Some 6,000 babies are born there each year.

TOP OF THE LIST: L’Oréal chairman and chief executive officer Lindsay Owen-Jones was the highest-paid executive heading a firm listed on the CAC 40 index of French industrial companies last year, according to a ranking published in Le Figaro newspaper Thursday. Owen-Jones’ 2003 salary weighed in at $8 million at current exchange rates, or 6.6 million euros.

CIRCUS LOOKS: Bumble and bumble and MAC Cosmetics teamed up behind the scenes at the premier party for Cirque du Soleil’s “Alegria” in New York Thursday night. Bumble stylist Laurent Philippon and MAC senior makeup artist Patrick Eichler each led teams that created hair and makeup looks for some 85 performers who attended the soiree, which followed the opening night performance of the show on Randall’s Island. It was the second year the Estée Lauder-owned brands have created looks for Cirque du Soleil’s premier party in New York.

ZIRH APPOINTMENT: Zirh International has named Tim Greene vice president of marketing, a new position. Greene was most recently director of trade marketing for North America at Unilever Prestige. In his new position at Zirh, Greene will be responsible for brand positioning, promotional programs and management of the men’s grooming firm’s marketing staff. He reports to Brian Robinson, president of Zirh International.ROAD TRIP: Avon took the award for Best Mobile Marketing program at the Annual Event Experiential Marketing Summit in Chicago last month for its “Let’s Talk Beauty Tour.” For two years, Avon has been touring the country in a mobile unit offering women makeovers, free samples and personal beauty advice. Avon was selected from among 240 entrants.

JUDGMENT DAY: Self Magazine tested 900 new beauty products with some 1,200 readers. The massive undertaking resulted in the selection of 56 “Best of” winners — across cosmetics, facial treatments, hair products, tanning and hand-and-foot categories. This is the fifth year for Self’s Healthy Beauty Awards event, whichevaluates drugstore and department store brands. “Readers are more knowledgeable about what they put on their skin than ever before,” noted Elaine DeFarley, Self beauty director. Cover Girl took Best Mascara with Fantastic Lash; Sally Hansen’s Fast & Flawless Skin Brightener with Retinol was awarded Best Skin Brightener; Vera Wang was cited for its Silkening Hand Creme, while La Prairie’s Cellular Night Repair Cream was lauded as Best Night Cream. The full results appear in the May issue of Self.

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