Beauty’s New Look: Firms Cuddle Up to Customers and Go Green

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An emotional connection. Those three words summed up the main theme of this year's Cosmoprof and covered everything from an increased focus on the consumer to greater innovation to a greening of everything.

From This Issue

Art Spiro and Usher discuss the scents.

Fashion Features

R&B Star Usher to Make Scents This Fall

The celebrity fragrance genre is about to make room for a new entry: that of R&B superstar Usher Raymond IV.

clock April 6, 2007Julie Naughton

The Guess Suede collection.

Beauty Features

Guess Builds Fragrance Business With Suede

With the introduction this week of a men’s scent called Guess Suede, the Los Angeles fashion brand has launched its fourth scent in a span of about 20 months.

clock April 6, 2007Matthew W. Evans

David Suliteanu.


Adding Up Beauty: Sephora Details 10-Year Growth Into Superstore

In just shy of a decade, Sephora has transformed itself from an overseas underdog – albeit a glamorous one – into an 800-pound gorilla in the U.S. beauty marketplace.

clock April 6, 2007Molly Prior

Makeup artist Doug Atkinson at work.

Fashion Features

Critical Mass: Del Labs’ NYC Reaches for Star

Del Laboratories thinks everyone wants to be a star. With that in mind, the company’s NYC New York Color is teaming up with Star Magazine for a Get the Star Treatment mall tour.

clock April 6, 2007Faye Brookman

Fashion Features

Snippets: Reward System… Look Book… Nars In Pictures

Kerastase’s new e-commerce site, which is being launched April 9, rewards salons when users buy products online.

clock April 6, 2007WWD Staff


Washington Mayor Looking To Spur Retail Development

Mayor Adrian Fenty launched a $270,000 study Thursday to determine how the District of Columbia can spur retail development and capture the more than $1 billion residents spend on goods and services outside the city limits.

clock April 6, 2007Evan Clark


Puma’s Stock Surges On Talks of Takeover

Shares in Puma spiked in trading Thursday, fanned by speculation that Europe’s second-largest sporting goods maker was the target of an imminent takeover by PPR.

clock April 6, 2007Robert Murphy and Whitney Beckett


Trade Groups, FBI Form Organized Retail Crime Database

Responding to a spike in organized retail crime, two trade groups have joined forces with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to launch the Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network, a national database stores can use to share information on…

clock April 6, 2007Evan Clark

Aquascutum on the runway.

Fashion Features

Aquascutum Styling in Shanghai

Aquascutum is updating its image in China.

clock April 6, 2007Lisa Movius

Stellar Movement products from Intercos.

Fashion Features

Intercos: A Need for Speed

Dario Ferrari, president of Intercos, has become a speed demon.

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Vera Strubi

Fashion Features

BeautiFull Formed to Promote Innovation

At a time when the market is clamoring louder than ever for innovation, packaging designers, suppliers and manufacturers have decided the only way to provide it is to increase the dialogue.

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Retailers, Manufacturers Aim to Extend Brands’ Reach

Major beauty retailers and manufacturers here are broadening their scope and extending their reach into the daily lives of their consumers.

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CEOs’ 2006 Compensation Revealed

Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Federated Department Stores, earned $15.6 million in total pay last year, while his rival, Myron “Mike” Ullman 3rd, chairman and ceo of J.C. Penney, earned a total of $10.4 million in…

clock April 6, 2007Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Steven Robinson and Shalom Harlow at the Dior couture show in January.


Steven Robinson, Galliano Associate, 38

Steven Robinson, the ebullient right hand of John Galliano for more than two decades, was found dead at his apartment here on Wednesday. He was 38.

clock April 6, 2007Miles Socha


In Brief: For Art’s Sake… Celine Search

Francois Pinault, who owns Gucci Group, has prevailed in a competition with the Guggenheim Foundation for a massive exhibition space in Venice that would showcase the French billionaire’s collection of modern and contemporary art.

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Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: GirlTime… Kate’s First Look

Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig made a quick stop in Southern California for trunk shows at Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and in Beverly Hills on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Colette wearing one of her creations in her downtown atelier.


Art Imitates Life Imitates Art

It’s not easy being Colette. “My whole life is lived on the edge,” says the multimedia artist, who began transforming herself into different personas in the Seventies, long before Madonna discovered the power of reinvention.

clock April 6, 2007Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

Immediates, Fall Both in Play at Dallas’ FIG

Buyers shopped for multiple seasons at Fashion Industry Gallery’s four-day market last month, with many looking ahead to fall while others focused on immediates and summer styles

clock April 6, 2007Rusty Williamson

Inside Villa Moda.


Villa Moda Brings Concept To Kuwait

Majed Al-Sabah, the founder of luxury retailer Villa Moda, has taken his souk-inspired retail concept home to Kuwait.

clock April 6, 2007Samantha Conti

Fashion Features

Tao Freedom Thinks Time Is Right for Spa Fashion

As the ubiquitous tracksuit is phased out, Tao Freedom thinks it knows what will replace the active lifestyle mainstay.

clock April 6, 2007Whitney Beckett


London Primark Opening Draws a Capacity Crowd

It was a case of Primark pandemonium on Oxford Street here Thursday.

clock April 6, 2007Lucie Greene

Escape by Vivre, a new shop for exotic resort destinations.


Vivre Escapes to the Bahamas

Escape by Vivre opened its first store last week, a 1,400-square-foot unit in The Cove Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

clock April 6, 2007David Moin

A shopper eyes the goods.


Manolo Blahnik Enters Turkey Via Harvey Nichols

Fashion devotees and connoisseurs of “Sex and the City” clamored to have their photographs taken with Manolo Blahnik when he launched his first boutique corner last month in the new Harvey Nichols store here.

clock April 6, 2007Suna Erdem

Janice Min


Private Equity: New Haven for High-Priced Talent

It’s possible that by end of this summer, Janice Min and Bonnie Fuller could no longer reign as queens of their respective celebrity weeklies.

clock April 6, 2007WWD Staff


Memo Pad: Cutting The Hems… Revolving Door… Your Job To Party…

American Media Inc. continues to cut back at celebrity weekly Star. Though an AMI spokesman said on March 27 that no more layoffs would be forthcoming after the company cut 12 jobs that week, on Tuesday it bid adieu to a few more staffers.

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Pyramid Taps Goldman Sachs To Explore Strategic Options

The Pyramid Cos., which owns 20 malls in the Northeast generating about $5 billion in annual sales, is evaluating strategic alternatives for 16 properties in its portfolio.

clock April 6, 2007Amy S. Choi


Dress Barn, Deb Shops Lead Early March Comps

March comparable-store sales for the handful of retailers reporting Thursday were mostly positive.

clock April 6, 2007Liza Casabona

Robert Friedman


Loehmann’s Opens on Broadway

Robert Friedman stood on the main floor of Loehmann’s new 35,000-square-foot store on Broadway between 73rd and 74th Streets, pointing to racks of contemporary brands such as Theory, Laundry, James Perse and Vince.

clock April 6, 2007Sharon Edelson

Corrado Bondi, Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel of Selective Beauty.


Beauty’s New Look: Firms Cuddle Up to Customers and Go Green

An emotional connection. Those three words summed up the main theme of this year.

clock April 6, 2007Stephanie Epiro


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