PARKS PASSES AWAY: William Parks, vice president of artistry and training for Smashbox Cosmetics, died Apr. 8. He was 32.
According to Eden Mitry, a company spokeswoman, Parks died of heart failure. His funeral was held Thursday in Royal Oak, Mich.
“He was an amazing talent and a great friend,” said Dean Factor, president of Smashbox Cosmetics.
Parks, who had been with Smashbox since its July 1996 launch, also had served as Smashbox’s on-air QVC spokesperson since October 1998. “He was a larger-than-life personality and representing the line on QVC gave a whole new audience the opportunity to know him and love him,” said Mitry.
UNILEVER APPOINTMENT: James Bunn, who had been senior vice president and general manager for the Americas division of Calvin Klein Cosmetics, has been named to the same role for the Americas division of Unilever Cosmetics International, effective immediately. He continues to report to Paulanne Mancuso, president and chief executive officer of UCI.
MARIAH’S MANICURE: Concession stands are getting fancy. Fans who attend Mariah Carey’s Rainbow Tour can snap up a nail polish created for the sexy songbird by celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann. It will be sold with the T-shirts, programs and other Carey souvenirs at each venue on the tour.
Called Satin Doll, the sheer, frosty beige shade was whipped up to match Carey’s 1999 Oscar dress and is sold as part of the Lippmann Collection line of polishes. In honor of the tour, the packaging for Satin Doll now features a sticker with a multicolor butterfly, the name of the shade and the words “created for MARIAH.”
BONJOUR CARON: Parfums Caron, the French fragrance house, opened its first U.S. boutique on Tuesday at 675 Madison Avenue between 61st and 62nd Streets. The gray and gold jewel-box-like shop mirrors the Caron boutique in Paris and features a range of merchandise, including all the company’s scents, signature scarves, face powders and fragrance accessories. The Lierac skin care line — owned by the Ales Group, Caron’s parent — is showcased in the back of the store.
KISS AND TELL: Delux, the indie nail polish company known for its tinted top coats, is expanding into the lip and blush categories. The 72-stockkeeping-unit lineup, set to launch this June, includes translucent Candy Gloss, which will retail for $15; shiny High Gloss, for $16; Glistener gel blush, for $18, and oil-free Rouge Stick, for $22. Look for them at Henri Bendel and Beauty.com.
RALPH’S GAL: Ralph Lauren Fragrances announced Thursday that 18-year-old model Lonneke Engel would be the face for Ralph, the youthful new scent launching this fall. Engel, who already appears in the Ralph clothing ads, made an appearance at the Ralph launch party held Thursday at Milk Studios in New York. The party was a true feast for the senses, with fragrance, floating feathers, color video displays and electronic performance art provided by Himawari.
COOL SCHOOL: Chanel’s latest sunglasses not only look cool, they fight wrinkles. The 36-model eyewear collection, manufactured by Italy’s Luxottica, features glasses that are coated with melanin purportedly to fight off UV rays and repel free radicals.
The specs also have a haute couture touch: They will be updated every six months, according to the latest Chanel look.
Karl Lagerfeld oversees the design of the line that goes for $125 to $178.