NEW YORK — The beauty industry really jazzed it up on Tuesday night.
Some of beauty’s biggest names turned up for the Cosmopolitan Cosmetics and Cartier-sponsored “Back to School and All That Jazz” cocktail party and silent auction, including host Thia Breen of Federated Department Stores Inc., Don Loftus of Cosmopolitan Cosmetics and Joseph Giugliano of Cartier. Held at Midtown nightclub Branch, the event raised more than $60,000 to benefit the Fashion Institute of Technology’s cosmetics and fragrance bachelor’s degree program — a 50 percent increase over last year’s proceeds.
More than 200 people were present to listen to jazz band Kindred Spirits and bid on a host of designer loot, including a Burberry capelet, a Max Mara coat, an Escada bag and a Cartier watch, all in support of the program. “It supports new talent coming into the industry,” said Breen, who is executive vice president of cosmetics for the Federated merchandising division. “It’s not often that everyone comes together to support growth in the industry.”
Other industry executives in attendance were Rochelle Bloom of The Fragrance Foundation, Ben Gillikin of Clarins, FIT president Dr. Joyce Brown and FIT cosmetics and fragrance department chair Peg Smith.
“The industry needs to have young, fresh talent,” said Loftus, president and chief executive officer of Cosmopolitan Cosmetics U.S. Inc. “[The money raised at this event] represents some of the best-spent dollars [in the industry], because it’s supporting the future.”
— Bryn Kenny