NEW YORK — Saks Fifth Avenue customers continue to say "I do" to Vera Wang’s eponymous fragrance.
At the designer’s most recent personal appearance for beauty — at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Short Hills, N.J., store this past Saturday — the scent is said to have racked up sales of about $21,000, breaking the previous one-day sales total for fragrance in the store’s history.
"We’re so thrilled with the continued success of the Vera Wang fragrance," said Deborah Walters, vice president and divisional merchandise manager of cosmetics and fragrances for Saks Fifth Avenue, noting that gift set sales have been especially brisk. "Customers at this appearance were lined up out the door. Vera continues to raise the bar for the fragrance industry," she said.
Saks customers seem to be married to the floral fragrance Wang launched this past February. The scent is said to have been the first women’s fragrance brand in the chain to break the $1 million sales level in 2002, and in February, the chain’s Manhattan flagship broke a standing fragrance sales record with the scent, racking up more than $25,000 in retail sales.
The scent is racking up strong sales elsewhere as well, noted Laura Lee Miller, president of Unilever Prestige, Wang’s fragrance licensee, adding that the scent did more than $1.5 million in retail sales nationwide last week.
"Vera engages the public —?and that is especially evident when she makes a personal appearance," said Miller. "The world that Vera has created is so much about intimacy and celebration and the joy in life, and this has been a year where we’ve all needed it. Not only that, she is the hardest-working designer I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. We look forward to continued success with the brand."
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion