KARAN PROMOTION: Diane Kim has been promoted to vice president of global marketing for Donna Karan Cosmetics. She will report to Veronique Gabai-Pinski, senior vice president, general manager, Designer Fragrances. Kim was executive director, global marketing.

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LANCASTER MOVES: Lancaster Group has appointed Axel Dietz senior vice president, commercial, a position based at the Coty-owned company’s headquarters in Paris. Dietz will report to Michele Scannavini, president of Lancaster Group Worldwide. Prior to the Lancaster appointment, Dietz spent four years at Wella AG, where he most recently led worldwide commercial operations for Wella’s hair care business. Additionally, Patrick de Lambilly will assume the role of regional vice president, commercial, for Lancaster Group, reporting to Dietz.

SOUTH OF THE BORDER: Shiseido Cosmetics (America) Ltd. has launched the Shiseido brand in six doors of Mexico’s El Palacio de Hierro retail chain and is planning to enter an additional four Mexican doors at Liverpool — another of that country’s retailers — by the end of this month. All 10 stores are in the Mexico City area. It’s said to be the first Mexican venture to be handled directly by the company’s U.S. subsidiary. Bruce Gephart, the firm’s senior vice president of sales, will oversee the effort. Initial plans of the venture include highlighting Shiseido’s newer products, like Body Creator and Future Solution, as well as massage and makeup services at the brand’s counters.

DVF PARTY: Diane von Furstenberg’s husband, Barry Diller, children Alex and Tatiana and her grandkids rallied for the designer at Fred Segal Santa Monica Friday for the West Coast launch of her namesake beauty line. This is not the first time the designer has dipped her paintbrush into pots of pigments. It’s a return to the color cosmetics market she first put her mark on 17 years ago, as reported, with a collection designed to recall past eras of high glamour. “It’s fun the second time around,” said von Furstenberg. “Some of the colors are vintage but nobody else knows which ones are vintage but me.”

KIEHL’S BENEFIT: As part of a philanthropic campaign that began in 2001 — and one that’s expected to generate $250,000 by yearend for YouthAIDS — Kiehl’s Since 1851 is once again donating funds from sales of its Eucalyptus Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser to the organization, only this time the product has a new label. The newly packaged item, which is priced at $13, is rolling out to 145 doors, with 100 percent of the profits going to YouthAIDS, Kiehl’s said. The L’Oréal-owned company held an event Oct. 27 at Capitale in New York to re-introduce the product, an affair that featured guests Ashley Judd and Blair Underwood.

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