MAYBELLINE NEWS: Several appointments have been announced at Maybelline-Garnier, a division of L’Oreal USA. Karen Fondu has been named deputy general manager. She was most recently senior vice president of sales. Ava Huang has been promoted to group director, marketing, face and Stephanie Rinaldi has been promoted to group director, marketing, lip and eye.
MAC ATTACK: MAC Cosmetics announced plans to open its flagship store in the Flatiron Building March 16. The store will feature some of MAC’s signature design elements — theatrical track lighting, moveable makeup stations and Plexiglas shelving. The 1,300-square foot space will also boast elements of raw steel, concrete, wood, soft tiles, granite and mirrors. Animated color visuals will adorn the entrance.
STERN’S SPACADET: It’s not every day beauty execs are featured on the Howard Stern Show, but when it came time to give John the Stutterer — not to be confused with Stuttering John — a makeover, Jillian Ratensperger was recruited. Ratensperger, of Spacadet.com and the Glow Skin Spa on East 57th Street, treated “the Stutterer” to Heaven on Earth, a treatment that includes a stress-reduction facial and a hand and foot massage.
While admittedly nervous about Stern’s nefarious reputation, Ratensperger later declared him to be a perfect gentleman. The event will air on CBS this Saturday at 11:30 p.m.
CLARINS NUMBERS: Groupe Clarins reported that its consolidated sales for 2000 were up 21.4 percent to $782.2 million.
Sales for the cosmetics division were up 23.1 percent to $743.5 million. In fragrance, volume reached $269.9 million, a 43.3 percent increase. In a statement, Clarins said that this was due to the growing strength of masculine fragrances, Amen by Thierry Mugler and Chrome by Azzaro and the continued strong growth of Angel. The group added that the figure also takes into account the licensing agreement for the U.S. distribution of Hugo Boss and Giorgio fragrances which began in January 2000.
The group’s skin care unit posted sales of $398.9 million, up 15.8 percent over the 1999 figure. Color cosmetics sales increased by 4.9 percent to $74.7 million.
GRAMMY GIFTS: Whether or not they leave with a Grammy, nominees — and presenters — will be toting home some beauty booty come Feb. 21. Donna Karan Cosmetics will give baskets filled with Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist and DKNY products for Women and Men.
QUICK-FIX SOLUTION: A U.S. District Court judge has ordered Physician’s Formula to cease using the term “Quick-Fix” on packaging and advertisements for its concealer products. L’Oreal USA’s subsidiary Dermablend, which has owned the “Quick-Fix” trademark since 1989, sued Physicians Formula for trademark infringement.
PARFUMS de COEUR: Mike House has resigned as vice president, sales at Parfums de Coeur, which markets Body Fantasies, Bod Man, Prince Matchabelli and the Designer Imposters collections. President Mark Laracy said House planned to pursue “entrepreneurial opportunities outside the cosmetics industry.”
SEARS BEAUTY: Marcy Fisher has been named director of marketing for Colorworks. She will be responsible for the development of new products and promotional programs as well as the maintenance of existing products for the Colorworks brand. Fisher previously was executive director of makeup marketing at Estee Lauder International. Meredith Wallach has been named manager of product development for Colorworks and Skin I.Q. She will develop new products, shade palettes and seasonal color stories as well as provide ongoing maintenance. Wallach had previously worked at Gryphon Development Inc. as product development manager.
KIEHL’S APPOINTMENTS: Kiehl’s Since 1851 has announced several new positions within the company. Brigitte King was named vice president of marketing worldwide. King joins Kiehl’s from Lancome, where she was assistant vice president of Lancome Skincare. Sydney Goldman has been appointed vice president of public relations worldwide. She will be responsible for overseeing public relations activities and coordinating all of Kiehl’s philanthropic efforts. Victoria Maddocks has been named creative director, and her responsibilities include overseeing the creative vision and execution of Kiehl’s worldwide. She was previously design director at the independent ad agency Toolbox. l
GIVAUDAN NEWS: Stacy De Alto has been hired as creative fragrance manager at Givaudan. She will manage fabric and laundry care projects while working with the creative teams. John Trombley has been hired as account executive; he will handle national and international account management. Daria Giardelli has been named account executive. She will coordinate Givaudan’s global sales team for a major client as well as handle her new account responsibilities. Giardelli was previously junior account executive.
GOOD SCENTS: Annette Green, president of the fragrance foundation, was in Paris this week to judge the CCB Fragrance Design Contest, sponsored by Le Club des Createurs de Beaute. The contest, which will have the winner’s fragrance marketed and sold through the 2002 CCB-Paris catalog, took place yesterday at L’Elysee Montmarte-Bd.