Today’s Fashion Headlines. January 30, 2012

January 30, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Former Lord & Taylor Chairman Dies

Joseph E. Brooks, the flamboyant former chairman of Lord & Taylor and Ann Taylor and one of the titans of retailing in the Seventies and Eighties, died Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The cause of death was leukemia, according to his daughter, Elizabeth Brooks Rains. He was 84. A memorial service will be private.

“He was larger than life, very colorful, and he could be difficult but he had a tremendous heart,” Rains said. “He brought me up to be feisty.”

Coty Brings the New Roberto Cavalli Fragrance

Roberto Cavalli is kicking off his fragrance license with Coty Inc. with a new outlook and the launch of a signature women’s eau de parfum starting in February. The scent’s gold-colored ambery floral juice was created by Givaudan’s Louise Turner. Top notes include pink pepper, while there’s an orange blossom note in the heart and a tonka bean note in the base. “It’s my first perfume with Coty, and it’s like starting a new story,” said Roberto Cavalli, president of the Roberto Cavalli Group.

The face of Roberto Cavalli’s new scent is Elisa Sednaoui and for the fragrance’s print campaign, it will be shot by Steven Klein and come in single and double pages. A video campaign, lensed by Johan Renck, stars Sednaoui and a tiger.

“The idea of the fragrance is to expand beyond fashion,” explained Françoise Mariez, senior vice president of marketing for European fragrances at Coty Prestige. “If we manage to duplicate what Cavalli has done with fashion into fragrance, it could be very interesting for us in terms of expansion.

Was Gaultier’s Winehouse Runway Bad Taste?

Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late singer Amy Winehouse, hit out against Jean Paul Gaultier, saying the couture show the designer paraded in Paris on Wednesday was offensive. “We don’t support the Jean Paul Gaultier collection. It’s in bad taste. Mitch.” Winehouse wrote on his Twitter account. “We’re proud of her influence on fashion, but find black veils on models smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste.”

Gaultier had characterized his show as a tribute and homage to the music star’s unique and influential style, “I think Amy Winehouse was truly a fashion icon.” He added that he felt compelled to celebrate her look because fashion magazines have failed to do so.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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