A WEEK OF CELEBRATIONS FOR BEAUTY
WHETHER THEY WERE DONNING BLACK TIE AND RAISING FUNDS FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH AND PRENATAL CARE, CELEBRATING A NEW RETAIL ALLIANCE OR HELPING TO EDUCATE THE NEXT GENERATION, BEAUTY’S TOP EXECUTIVES SPENT A GOOD PART OF THE LAST WEEK ON THE PARTY CIRCUIT.
Byline: Julie Naughton
BEAUTY BALL RAISES NEAR-RECORD SUM
NEW YORK — The few stray animal-testing protesters who managed to slip in seemed to be the only ones not having a good time at Wednesday night’s 27th annual Beauty Ball.
Held at the Waldorf-Astoria, the Ball — the second-highest-grossing in the event’s history — raised $1,282,000 for the March of Dimes.
The evening honored two notable women in the beauty business: Camille McDonald, president and chief executive officer of Parfums Givenchy Inc., American Designer Fragrances and Guerlain, who won the Beautiful Apple Award, and Deborah Walters, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, cosmetics and fragrances for Saks Fifth Avenue, who was named Retailer of the Year.
“I consider myself very lucky to be part of such a caring and generous community and I am deeply honored to be recognized by my peers here tonight,” said Walters, as she accepted her award from Christina Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of Saks Fifth Avenue. “It is my fervent hope that we, and the next generation of professionals in our industry, continue on in this noble cause to help save babies’ lives.” Walters added, “I am so blessed to have a healthy, beautiful daughter, Allison, who joins me here tonight with my amazing, supportive husband, Phillip. Every parent deserves the right to share this same exhilarating life experience that we all too often take for granted.” She also thanked her team at Saks Fifth Avenue, including Johnson.
McDonald, who accepted her award from designer Michael Kors, offered a bit of career advice for the room: “When you are associated with a brilliant force like Michael Kors — and Marc Jacobs, and Kenneth Cole; when you are part of a team that is — full stop — the best in the business; when you work for a powerful company, with properties like Givenchy and Guerlain, that says go for it, and then steps aside to let you do it; when you’re part of an industry that gives more credibility to people than to pedigree — then you get to come to the Waldorf and accept the Beautiful Apple award.” McDonald also thanked her mother, Theresa; Alain Crevet, president and ceo of Parfums Givenchy worldwide, and Patrick Choel, president of LVMH’s fragrance and cosmetics division.
BCRF HOSTS SPRING GALA
NEW YORK — You know it’s a high-powered event when Elton John and Diana Krall provide the after-dinner entertainment — and Kate Spade designs the goody bag.
The musical duo donated their star power to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s spring gala, Rhapsody in Pink, held Thursday, April 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria here, while Spade designed and donated canvas tote bags accented with pink leather.
The event, attended by more than 900 people including Gov. George Pataki, Candice Bergen, Kevin Kline, Phoebe Cates and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, raised more than $3 million for breast cancer research. A live auction featured fur, fine jewelry and trips to exotic locales — as well as two grand dinners hosted by Evelyn and Leonard Lauder.
Underwriters of the event included Estee Lauder, In Style, George Hall of the Clinton Group, Mrs. Edmond J. Safra and the Leslie Quick family, while co-chairs included Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Elizabeth Hurley, Aerin Lauder, Karen and William Lauder, Ingrid Sischy, Karen Brant and Linda Stein.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded in 1993 by Evelyn Lauder, has raised more than $30 million for breast cancer research since that time.
HELENA RUBINSTEIN LAUNCHES AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
NEW YORK — Watch out, Saks shoppers — Helena’s in the house.
Helena Rubinstein, that is. The brand has just entered Saks Fifth Avenue doors in Short Hills, N.J., and Beverly Hills, and is entering the retailer’s Manhattan flagship April 21. So, with the help of Saks vice chairman Stephen Sadove, L’Oreal USA president and chief executive officer Jean-Paul Agon and L’Oreal Luxury Products division president Luc Nadeau, Helena Rubinstein president Margaret Sharkey threw a party Monday night at the Conde Nast building to celebrate.
“My first goal is to move the brand into the top 10 in the U.S., then into the top five,” a determined Sharkey told the crowd of buyers and executives. “Together, we can do it.” Saks is just the brand’s fourth retail partner in the U.S.; the others include Bergdorf Goodman, Fred Segal Essentials and E6. The brand will also enter Saks in San Francisco in June and in Dadeland, Fla., in August.
Saks executives in attendance seemed to agree with Sharkey’s enthusiastic pronouncement. “I think the line will do very well for us, and I’m excited to have it,” said Deborah Walters, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, cosmetics and fragrances, for Saks Fifth Avenue.
Buyers in attendance also had the chance to preview a goody bag of the brand’s upcoming products, including Extravagant Mascara, due later this spring.