On The Beauty Scene This Week…
May 25, 2016
From left to right: Pete Born, WWD; Claire Hobson, The Future Laboratory; Marc Rey, Shiseido Americas Corp.
Givaudan: An Odyssey of Flavours and Fragrances
Lori Singer, Coty Inc; Carlotta Jacobson, CEW; Kate Greene, Givaudan, at Givaudan.
Jill Scalamandre, Shiseido Americas Corp. and CEW Chairwoman with Catherine Walsh, WALSH HOUSE, at the Robertet event.
The Robertet event at The Met.
Rey, CEO Shiseido Americas, made his beauty debut at CEW’s Global Trends Report
event Monday evening. For those who didn’t attend, you missed a Q&A with
the French CEO and WWD’s Peter Born, where Marc spoke on the challenges facing
luxury beauty. He also touched on trends, such as our need to feel that we are
benefitting emotionally from products, not only to look good, but to show off
the effects to others. Kicking off the event was The Future Laboratory’s Claire
Hobson. She presented a deep dive into the five key stages experienced between
luxury and consumers. One that stands out is the rising number of consumers and
brands who are responsible and aware, anchored in values such as ethical and
fragrance houses held events this week, inspired by art.
- Givaudan celebrated the launch of its 232-page coffee table anthology, An
Odyssey of Flavours and Fragrances. The book takes you through a journey of taste and
smell, is visually
beautiful with original photography, and looks like a good read with many powerhouse
- Robertet, the Grasse-based fragrance
house, held a private tour of the Manus X Machina exhibit at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show explores how artisans are reconciling the
hand and the machine-made, much like Robertet applies both its French savoir
faire and cutting edge technology to the development of natural perfumery
ingredients and its couture fragrances.
WWD Beauty CEO Summit Recap
May 19, 2016
The likeability of the WWD Beauty
CEO Summit was very subjective. You’ll get a different answer depending on who you
ask what they liked, what they didn’t like. Personally, I liked the mix of
established and new brands. The three newcomers I liked the best: Coola, Skin
Laundry and By Killian, all were great. Jamie Kern Lima of IT Cosmetics delivered
an inspiring speech; their success wasn’t overnight. Estèe Lauder’s William
Lauder and Shiseido’s Masahiko Utani spoke honestly about reinvention. Even
though I thought I knew everything about M.A.C, Karen Buglisi Weiler is who
brought the brand to life today.
It’s interesting how the
theme of WWD’s conference was See Change. Be Change. The summit itself has
changed: the addition of the emerging brands, the audience (the influx of
investment and PE companies.)
One last thing: I was
personally so proud that Jamie Kern Lima spoke about being discovered by QVC at
the CEW Beauty Awards Demo, and that Coola said how meaningful the CEW Eco
Award is to his business. It confirms what CEW is all about.