The Personal Care Products Council announced Alexandra Kowcz as its new chief scientist Tuesday. Kowcz will assume the role on Jan. 29.“Our industry is steeped in science and [Kowcz’s] extensive research and development experience in our industry will strengthen PCPC’s ability to lead in this area,” said Lezlee Westine, president and chief executive officer of PCPC. “Her strong scientific foundation and proven leadership makes her extremely qualified to serve as the industry’s scientific liaison, oversee our scientific programs, technical committees and publications and to speak publicly on our members’ behalf.”Kowcz comes to PCPC from Beiersdorf Inc. where she served as vice president of research and development in the U.S. Spending 18 years at the company, Kowcz was responsible for managing U.S. product development, medical and scientific affairs, clinical testing and product safety, among other things.She also held other research and development roles at Procter & Gamble Co., Bristol-Myers Squibb International, Richardson-Vicks, Clairol Inc., Centerchem and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer.Kowcz’s appointment is in line with PCPC’s commitment to supporting the modernization of federal regulatory oversight for personal-care products.“[Kowcz’s] science background will help us better communicate the importance of well-crafted, science-based reforms that enhance our industry’s ability to innovate and further strengthen consumer confidence in the products they trust and enjoy every day,” Westine continued.Kowcz replaces Beth Jonas, who held the position since July 2014 and is stepping down later this month. Jonas is leaving the role to move to Utah to spend more time with her family.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)