While in Cannes for TFWA, George Ledes sat down with the legendary Laurice Rahmé of Bond No 9 to hear her thoughts on the show and markets: GL: What would be your headline be for TFWA? LR : Asia is the new niche fragrance market  GL: What was your most popular item ? LR:  Our men’s fragrance Lafayette is the most loved by all markets  GL: What was the overall mood of your international partners? LR: The mood was very positive because the niche trend continues double digit growth!  GL: Oh, and @JeremyFragrance was there,

Influencer Issues

The Prickly Subject of PNR: Paid Negative Reviews

All eyes are on the beauty industry to see how they handle the latest influencer flare up because it could portend how influencer marketing is handled going forward.  It might also provide some needed case studies about how not to do things.  We’ll have to see how this all shakes out… The latest flap to roil an already turbulent influencer industry came from an unlikely source.  It was sparked by Marlena Stell @MarlenaStell –a beauty influencer who has been building her own influence and credibility for the past ten years in

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CEW hosts talk with L’Oreal Chairman & CEO Jean-Paul Agon

L’Oréal CEO spoke about Remaining Relevant in the Evolving World of Beauty Jean-Paul Agon shared Insights from his 40+ Years of Industry Leadership with CEW Members Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal, the world’s leading beauty company, will draw on his remarkable 40+ years of leadership to provide CEW members with insights into how beauty companies can stay nimble and adapt in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.  Agon, who calls L’Oréal his “soulmate” and “the undertaking of a lifetime,” discussed the strategies that have transformed the brand and positioned it

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Beauty Made in Italy

On October 18, 2018 ‘Beauty Made in Italy’ and the Italian Beauty Council (IBC) hosted their inaugural panel discussion on ‘The Rise of I-Beauty: Heritage, Creativity & Innovation‘ at The Italian Trade Commission in New York City.  The discussion was moderated by Jenny B. Fine, Executive Beauty Editor at WWD & Beauty Inc and welcomed panelists Rossano Ferretti, world renowned hairstylist, Linda G. Levy, President of The Fragrance Foundation, Vincent Longo, celebrity makeup artist and Meredith Kerekes, Head of US Beauty Desk at the Italian Trade Agency. Guests included over 40 members of the press, retailers and

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Redken’s Valentino PFW SS19 Show, Hair by Guido

  “The hair look at Valentino is a beautiful, slightly eccentric woman. It’s a very easy look, but still rich and luxe – the makeup is quite exciting at this show, so I’ve played the hair down a bit. I’ve blown it out with Redken Satinwear 04 and then added some bends into the lengths with Redken Fashion Work 12 to hold.” – Redken Global Creative Director Guido Palau GET THE LOOK: Prep hair by using Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner. Work about a quarter-sized amount of Redken

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TFWA Celebrates Another Record Breaking Year in Cannes

TFWA celebrates another record-breaking year for its World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes as visitor numbers top 7,000 for the first time. TFWA is celebrating another highly successful TFWA World Exhibition & Conference, as numbers reflect the buoyant mood across the conference and exhibition halls. A record 7,015 visitors attended the event, an increase of 3% from 2017. They represented 3,088 companies, up 2% from last year. The number of visiting landlords also grew by 15%.  Strong statistics from the exhibition also bore witness to the healthy position of the

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Designer Marc Rosen on Luxe Pack Monaco 2018

LUXE PACK MONACO 2018, a show that was bigger than ever, was beautifully organized by Nathalie Grosdidier, Linda Villalobos, Maryvonne Lanteri and their outstanding team, and featured suppliers showing their newest innovations, ideas and sustainable opportunities. One of the strongest directions was 3-D printing.  From overcaps to decorative accessories, 3-D printing opens new doors for designers and brands. A new area was ‘The Digital Village’ featuring suppliers offering software for packaging visualization.  The show offered a trio of panels exploring the world of Fragrance.  They asked me to create and

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Verescence highlights eco- friendly products at LuxePack Monaco

Eco-design has been part of Verescence’s identity for many years. From pure research to raising awareness among its teams and partners, eco-design is an essential element of Verescence’s sustainability strategy. Ten years ago, the glass manufacturer launched Infinite Glass, the first eco-designed glass dedicated to Perfumery & Cosmetics. Following the development of “Upcycled” glass, the group launched the lightweight glass program in 2017, which enables it to manufacture lighter weight bottles of the same quality and robustness. The glass manufacturer continues to develop further eco-friendly decorated products. Verescence believes that

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