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VALERIOLA TO RETIRE: Jean-Pierre Valeriola, 65, vice president of public relations at L’Oreal, will retire this fall after a 40-year tenure.
He will be replaced by Giorgio Galli, 61, who is chairman of L’Oreal Italia and director of corporate affairs at the company.
No successor has yet been named for Galli, a L’Oreal spokesman confirmed.
Many will be sad to see Valeriola go. “Mr. Valeriola is someone very warm and very interested in everything,” said Gilles Weil, vice president in charge of the luxury products division at the company. “He has a great sensitivity and, at the same time, a rigorous way of looking at things. This combination is rare. He has a very intuitive side.” Valeriola’s admirers are even as far afield as the French government, which in May 1999 awarded him the Legion of Honor for his contributions to the French business community and his work shaping and communicating a corporate image internationally for the French beauty giant.
Galli has been with L’Oreal since 1967, when he began as managing director of the hairdresser’s division of L’Oreal Italia.

FACTS AND FIGURES: Inter Parfums SA’s net consolidated sales totaled $30.5 million for the first-half 2000, up by 19.7 percent over the first-half 1999. (All figures are at current exchange rates.) At constant exchange, they would have risen by 17 percent, the company said in a statement.
Inter Parfum’s prestige fragrance division posted a volume that was up by 24 percent.

VIVA ITALIA: Modamilano, the trade fair portion of fashion week in Milan, is bringing fashion and beauty together this fall, inviting prestige beauty divisions of major fashion houses to a special exhibit during the spring-summer 2001 collections.
The show, Moda Cosmesi — The Essence of Beauty — will run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 at the Milan fairgrounds. Armando Mammina, managing director of Modamilano, said it will be prelude to a more ambitious project, a prestige beauty trade show which Modamilano will launch for the February fashion shows in Milan.

MANE NEWS: Anna Lempereur, formerly of the Ales Group, has joined Mane USA as director of fine fragrance. She will oversee the New York creative center and new business development.

RED DOOR OPENING: Elizabeth Arden opened its newest resort spa at the Seaview Marriott and Fairway Villas on the New Jersey Coast. The new spa is the first in a series that will include 40 spas in resorts and hotels throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands over the next five years.

HOME SUI HOME: Anna Sui opened up her Greenwich Village apartment to a gaggle of beauty editors on Tuesday for the launch of her new fragrance, Sui Dreams. The editors were as taken with Sui’s digs as they were with the new scent, which hits stores in the fall. Favorite rooms included the peacock blue bathroom, the living room with the silver chinoiserie wallpaper and mother-of-pearl furniture and the purple bedroom with the walk-in-closet modeled on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
Sui is quickly becoming a well-rounded beauty brand. The designer noted that her skin care line was recently introduced to the press in Japan.

CARDIN-COTY DEAL: Coty has secured a licensing agreement with Pierre Cardin to produce and distribute Pierre Cardin fragrances in Europe. The Cardin portfolio currently includes four men’s scents — Pour Monsieur, Bleu Marine, Enigme and Centaure — and Choc, Rose and Ophelie for women.

MADINA ON THE MOVE: Madina, Italy’s makeup maven and wife of Intercos chief executive officer Dario Ferrari, will be opening her first U.S. store in New York this September. “We hope New York will be a great success and the starting point for our entry into the U.S. market,” said Cristina Brambilla, Madina’s marketing director.

CLAIROL STAYS: A company spokeswoman officially denied rumors Thursday that any of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s beauty businesses — which include the Clairol retail and professional divisions — are up for sale. The rumors started after Clairol laid off 93 of its 1,300 U.S. employees in across-the-board cuts last week, inspiring speculation that the company might be sprucing up its balance sheet in preparation for a sale of either its Clairol professional or Clairol retail businesses.

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