UNILEVER NET DOWN: Unilever reported third-quarter profits were down 45 percent to 812 million euros, or $1.04 billion at average exchange, and nine-month profits down 10 percent to 2.92 billion euros, or $3.59 billion, year-on-year. At constant exchange, profits would have dipped 45 percent and 11 percent, respectively. The decline is in part attributable to a tough comparison with 2005 numbers, when Unilever sold its prestige fragrance business to Coty Inc. for $800 million.
Third-quarter turnover hit 10.12 billion euros, or $12.91 billion, an increase of 2 percent at average exchange and 4 percent at constant exchange. Turnover for the first nine months of the year reached 29.92 billion euros, or $36.78 billion, an increase of 4 percent at average exchange and 3 percent at constant exchange.
BPI MOVES: Monique Sénée has been named managing director of Shiseido-owned Beauté Prestige International, France. Sénée replaced Jean-François Touzet, who left the firm. Prior to the appointment, Sénée had been managing director of BPI's Benelux subsidiary since 2003. She joined the company in 1999.
AFTELIER HITS BENDEL'S: Aftelier Perfumes' line of liquid and solid perfumes and hydrosols was launched at Henri Bendel last month. Aftelier's line of eight liquid and five solid perfumes is showcased in a 3-foot, 6-inch-wide display unit in Bendel's 500-square-foot fragrance area on the second floor. The liquid perfumes will be available in two sizes: an 8-ml. perfume retailing between $125 and $140 and a 2-ml. miniature perfume retailing for $35.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews