Today’s Fashion Headlines. May, 25 2012.

May 25, 2012 • Beauty, Fashion, Fashion Blog

FIT Graduates Explore Innovation Through Diversity

The graduates from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management program gave some great insight for the beauty industry. The main topic of the presentation was diversity and how it relates to the beauty industry through three subjects of diversity and global leadership, diversity and global marketing and diversity and global product innovation.

They shared background about each member’s grandmother’s beauty traditions. Some used yogurt on sunburnt skin in Montenegro and other exfoliated with a body scrub made of lemon sugar and honey in Argentina. They discussed how today’s society is “the fusion generation”. We are all a melting pot of blended cultures. This is all very true; I use beauty routines that have been passed down by the women in my family.

Tiffany’s Shares Plung

Tiffany & Company show it’s shares slide nearly 7% yesterday after they their outlook for this year’s sales and profits on worse-than-expected quarterly results. Business at the retailer’s Fifth Avenue flagship dropped 4% as crowds of tourists from Europe and Asia thinned, execs said.

Add to this the ordeal with jewelry designer Elsa Peretti looking to end their lucrative long-term licensing deal (Read about Elsa Peretti & Tiffany’s here), Tiffany’s headaches could be worsening.

Jewelry Designer Kimberly McDonald Launches Home Collection

Fine jewelry designer, Kimberly McDonald who is well known for her one-of-a kind jewelry, is branching out into home goods. Her obsession with geodes and agate can be traced back to her Wisconsin childhood hunting agate on her driveway gravel. Now, that her rock jewelry has a substantial amount of followers she wants to try the home décor route. Her jewelry is carried in Bergdorf Goodman along with other luxury retailers.

She is expanding with a full home décor collection of pillows, scarves, agate-based lamps, Lucite boxes, paperweights and napkin rings. The collection with be launching in September at Bergdorf Goodman, Forty Five Ten and Jamie in Nashville. Prices for the collection range from $155 for the paperweights to $7,500 for the agate-based lamps.

Kimberly McDonald's Rose Quartz Lamp with Hand Finished Brasse Base

“With the jewelry, since everything is made and designed by hand, there aren’t a lot of repeatable things. It struck me that there would always be a limitation to what we could do, which is a good thing. We explored other options of how to parlay that bespoke, organic but very fine design into other areas of lifestyle, so it was a natural transition to put those pieces into these trays and boxes.”

Women’s Heath Launching Ad Program with Pinterest

Women’s Health who already has a large Pinterest following of nearly 17,000 is going to launch one of the first Pinterest ad programs to come from a magazine. Forevermark Diamonds will sponsor the program.

Starting June 1 through June 30, readers can create a Pinterest board integrating their favorite summer trend inspiration with Forevermark Diamond. The winner will be able to attend a Women’s Heath party in the Hamptons over the summer. Publisher Laura Frerer said 90 percent of all proposals include social media. It is crazy how much social media has been integrated into our everyday lives.

-Katie Schmitz
Source & Images- WWD, NY Post

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