Deneuve Shines for MAC, Globes
HOLLYWOOD — Catherine Deneuve’s presence generated buzz even during Golden Globes weekend, when it was not uncommon to be pressed up against Tinseltown’s best at one party or another.
Fighting a cold, the French legend was here to promote her role as MAC Cosmetics’ newest Beauty Icon as well as to appear on the awards show. She made the rounds, from the MAC store on Robertson Boulevard to a round of parties. Through it all, she wore Lanvin and YSL, and the slimmest of cigarettes jutted from between her fingers.
“Did you see her?” said Diane Krueger, among the mix of “It” girls, including Zooey Deschanel, Selma Blair and Ali Larter, who flocked to a Friday night soiree cohosted by Vanity Fair and MAC at the Chateau Marmont penthouse. Even Anna Wintour was there, though she sounded like she may have been jesting when she told host Graydon Carter that she “flew all the way from New Zealand” just to be there.
Deneuve “was a trailblazer,” said Peter Lichtenthal, MAC’s global general manager. She “embodies so much about what MAC is about: being beautiful, being chic, being irreverent, being cool. Loving fashion, loving cosmetics.”
The third celebrity to author a limited-addition makeup collection as part of a series that included Liza Minnelli and Diana Ross, Deneuve represents the right choice at the right moment, said John Demsey, global president of the MAC and Estée Lauder brands. “Girls are skipping jeans to wear dresses and suits, and there’s a strong interest again in French style and French actors and film. They may not even know they’re channeling Catherine. We have all these kids working for us. Teaching them about ‘Belle du Jour’ and ‘The Hunger’ and all the incredible people she knew has been fun.”
As for Deneuve, who met with the MAC team three times in New York and again in Paris to collaborate on the harlequin motif and ensure the foundation was not the usual pink or yellow tone but the right beige, doing the campaign was like taking a role.
“I didn’t decide to do it. I was proposed to do it, which is a very different thing. Very often journalists ask why do you accept a role. But it’s not to accept. It’s about being offered.” With MAC, she added, “I thought this is a very special opportunity.”
— Rose Apodaca
IFF’s Goldstein to Retire
NEW YORK — Richard A. Goldstein, chairman and chief executive officer of International Flavors & Fragrances, will retire after the company’s annual meeting on May 9, the firm said Tuesday. IFF noted it has hired a recruiting firm to help search for a successor. Goldstein, 64, has been in his current post since June 2000.
“We have made excellent strides in reinforcing IFF’s industry leadership, strengthening our research and development capabilities and enhancing our technological innovation and customer service,” Goldstein said in a statement of his time at the company. “I am confident that IFF is well positioned to deliver long-term growth. As a result, the board and I believe the timing is right to put this [management] succession plan into effect.”
Prior to his tenure at IFF, Goldstein was president and ceo of Unilever U.S.
Symrise Buys Kaden
PARIS — German fragrances and flavors firm Symrise has acquired Hamburg-based Kaden Biochemicals, an ingredients supplier for the fragrance, cosmetics and food industries.
“This acquisition gives us a good position on the highly attractive market for functional food and nutraceuticals,” said Dr. Gerold Linzbach, Holzminden-based Symrise’s chief executive officer, in a statement.
“Symrise was always my partner of choice when we were looking for a successor for my business,” said Heinrich Kaden, who held a 90 percent stake in Kaden Biochemicals before the takeover, in the statement. “I’m confident that these two companies suit each other perfectly in terms of their product portfolio.”
Symrise generated sales of 1.14 billion euros, or $1.49 billion at average exchange, in 2004.
— Ellen Groves
Johnston Joins Macy’s
NEW YORK — Christine Johnston, senior vice president of cosmetics for Foley’s, has been named senior vice president of cosmetics for Macy’s East, effective Feb. 6. In this newly created position, Johnston will report to Richard Arnstein, executive vice president and general merchandise manager, Center Core, for Macy’s East. Johnston will oversee the treatment, fragrances and cosmetics businesses for Macy’s East.
Johnston, who started her retail career in 1971 as an executive trainee at Lord & Taylor, held various buying and store-line positions at I. Magnin, Jordan Marsh and Joskes before joining Foley’s in 1985. She has held her current position since 1996.