KIRK TO MARC ANTHONY: Bradford C. Kirk has been named chief operating officer and executive vice president of Marc Anthony Cosmetics, the creator of eponymous hair care products sold in the mass distribution channel. The new post became effective Monday. Kirk brings 25 years of experience in the consumer products industry, most recently as the general manager of the Kao Brands Co., where he was instrumental in the launches of John Frieda Brilliant Brunette, Jergens Natural Glow and Bioré Shine Control. Previously, he was the chief marketing officer at Helene Curtis/Unilever, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Alberto-Culver. He will report directly to chief executive officer and founder Marc Anthony.
NEW WOMAN: Jurlique USA, a leading organic skin care line, has named beauty executive Sheila Cutner as president. Most recently, Cutner was at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she was vice president of marketing and public relations. She also was president at Calvin Klein Cosmetics. Cutner replaces Mark Wuttke, who has moved into the newly created position of president of Jurlique’s luxury spa division. The Australian skin care company has its U.S. headquarters in New York. The firm cites Cutner’s addition as “a time of intense growth at Jurlique, when consumer demand for organically based skin care has increased [the brand’s] reach in the U.S.” Jurlique is used in spas at resorts and destination spas, and also has 14 independent retail locations.
ANATOMY OF HOPE: L’Oréal Paris has partnered with ABC and Touchstone Television’s TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” to raise awareness and funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. On this Sunday’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” a guest star will deal with the challenges of battling ovarian cancer. At the end of the episode, Katherine Heigl, who plays Isobel “Izzie” Stevens, will give an informational message that states, “This year, 16,000 women will die from ovarian cancer, and 25,000 more will be diagnosed.” To raise funds for OCRF, L’Oréal Paris has created the Color of Hope bracelet, a silver circle on a mauve silk cord. The bracelet is available through lorealparisusa.com and L’Oréal Paris retail stores for $12.95, with net profits benefiting the OCRF. To kick off the effort, the beauty firm gave a pavé diamond and white gold version of the bracelet to the 2005 Academy Award nominees, including Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Annette Bening and Hilary Swank. Since 1997, L’Oréal Paris has raised $10 million for the OCRF.
REEL LIFE: Elizabeth Arden has signed on as a sponsor of Glamour’s “Reel Moments,” a project that adapts five inspirational essays written by the magazine’s readers into a series of short films. Arden sponsored “Little Red Dress,” starring Rosario Dawson and directed by Gwyneth Paltrow. In keeping with the project’s female-empowerment theme, Glamour’s production company, Moxie Pictures, recruited leading female film executives, writers, directors and actors for each of the films, which will premiere Dec. 8.
SHOE IN: The Avon Salon & Spa has teamed with shoe designer Donald J. Pliner to create a seasonal treat, the Pumpkin Pliner Pedicure, which will be available through Dec. 31. The $80 service mixes pumpkin and spice ingredients, with Avon products such as Avon Naturals Foam Bath to soak feet, and Avon Naturals Body Lotion.
J. COLOR: Matrix has signed its first celebrity colorist and consumer spokeswoman for color, Jennifer J. of Juan Juan Salon in Beverly Hills. J. will work with the media to create renewed buzz for Matrix’s color and color care items, and assist with celebrity outreach and awards season initiatives. Last year, Matrix partnered with celebrity stylist Enzo Angileri for styling.