Monday, April 18, 2005

April 2005: What's New in Beauty - Vivid Girl, Goldie, Tom Ford, Marionnaud, The Style Page

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Vivid Entertainment Group, the X-rated film company, has signed a licensing agreement with the WII Group and X-Girl Cosmetics to market a line of Vivid Girl cosmetics. To learn more, read the press release Vivid Signs With The WII Group for a Collection of Vivid Girl Cosmetics.

Dineh Mohajer, founder of Hard Candy cosmetics, has a new cosmetics line called Goldie, which has rolled out at Bath & Body Works stores nationwide. She's teamed with Jeanne Chavez, whom she met after selling Hard Candy to luxury goods purveyor LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. I couldn't find out anything about Goldie through the Bath & Body Works site or through the website of B&BW's parent Limited Brands. The best source I could find was this cached article B&BW's Golden Opportunity from (Women's Wear Daily).

Tom Ford, the designer who famously revitalized Gucci and left the Gucci Group a year ago, is entering into a partnership with the Estee Lauder Companies to update products of its flagship brand Estee Lauder and boost flagging sales. For more, see Estée Lauder inks deal with newly-formed fashion house.

Marionnaud is a chain of fragrance and cosmetics stores in Europe, primarily in France, but I also spotted one in Switzerland. The EU has cleared the way for A.S. Watson, part of the Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchinson Whampoa, to purchase Marionnaud. A.S. Watson owns a number of drugstore chains in Europe and Asia.

Oh, and finally, the Beauty pages of The Style Page have been updated and redesigned. Over twenty brands have been added to the Cosmetics page and twenty brands of products have been added to the Fragrance page - check them out!

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