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And The FIFI Award Goes To…


Since its inception 40 years ago, the Fragrance Foundation’s annual FIFI awards have truly evolved. Just look at this year’s nominees: Sharing the ballot with the industry’s best and brightest in scent composition, marketing, and packaging were a slew of A-listers—Beyoncé Knowles, Taylor Swift, Heidi Klum, and one Justin Bieber, who was named Celebrity of the Year last night when the award ceremony commenced at New York’s Alice Tully Hall.

“There is something going on in the celebrity category that is outrageous,” said Linda Levy, Macy’s vice president of marketing cosmetics & fragrances, before introducing Bieber’s prize. But outrageous as the phenomenon may be at the retail level—Bieber’s first women’s scent offering, Someday, sold a record $3 million in less than three weeks when it debuted last summer—it was underwhelming at the gala. Bieber was a no-show; ditto Knowles, Swift, and Klum. Their collective absence went nearly unnoticed, however, thanks in large part to the emcee stylings of Jane Lynch.

“For about ten years, I smelled like Miller Lite,” the Glee star joked as things got under way, adding that if she had her own fragrance, it would be called, “I’m Not Ellen.” Additional boldfaced name power came by way of a Pucci-clad Nicole Richie, who presented Tom Ford Beauty with both the Men’s and Women’s Nouveau Niche award for its hugely popular unisex offering, Jasmin Rouge (Richie was unofficially in attendance to build up support for her own signature scent, which drops this fall).

The night’s real stars were the perfumes themselves, though; Diptyque took home top honors in the Interior Scent Collection category for its 34 Boulevard Saint Germain; Tom Ford scored yet another coup in the Women’s Luxe category, besting Bottega Veneta, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé’s Pulse with his Violet Blonde eau; Victoria’s Secret Angel picked up the award for best Women’s Specialty Brand fragrance as well as best packaging in the Women’s Broad Appeal category; and Prada Candy won big in the Women’s Luxe Packaging contest.

Things took a bittersweet turn when Estée Lauder senior vice president of fragrance Karyn Khoury presented the Legacy of Excellence award to Evelyn Lauder, who passed away last November from ovarian cancer. When her husband, Estée Lauder’s chairman emeritus Leonard Lauder, came up to the podium to accept the award, he broke down into tears while talking about his beloved wife’s contributions to the business (the entire house subsequently did the same). But Lauder composed himself and ultimately delivered one of the greatest tributes of the night. “She was a great lady. She was fun, inspiring, and she loved this industry,” he said, addressing the full auditorium of perfume’s major players. “You are making women feel beautiful and for that, God bless you and thank you.”

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Christian Louboutin: The Beauty Line; All Hail The King And Queen Of Celebrity Fragrance; And More…


First came the red soles, and now it looks like Christian Louboutin will be devoting his attention to red lipsticks. The famed shoe designer has announced plans for Christian Louboutin Beauté, which will launch early next year. [WWD]

In today’s nail-obsessed world, new lacquer lines are a dime a dozen. But Duality Cosmetics founder Barbara Lampugnale’s Nail-Pak still manages to stand out. The lacquers pack polish removing pads and a file in the bottom of each bottle. Another day, another million-dollar idea we wish we’d had first. [WWD]

Believe it or not, celebrity fragrances aren’t all overwhelming successes. But two personality-fronted flacons continue to outperform all the rest: That’d be Justin Bieber’s Someday and Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds. Our prediction: Give Madonna’s Truth or Dare another month at the counter—to unseat Bieber, at least. [WP]

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And The FIFI Goes To; Purple Hair, Lady Gaga Style; And More…


The 2012 FIFI Award nominees have been announced, and while Justin Bieber has already nabbed the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year statuette and Gabrielle Coco Chanel will be added to the Fragrance Foundation’s Hall of Fame, flacons like Beyoncé’s Pulse, Prada’s Candy, Parfums Givenchy’s Dahlia Noir, and Heidi Klum’s Shine will battle it out when the awards show commences on May 21. [WWD]

Purple strands are Hollywood’s latest hair color obsession, but leave it to Lady Gaga to take the hue to the next level. Last night, the pop superstar sported a lavender hair gown in Hong Kong. [Grazia]

Crazier-the-better nails are still popular with certain celebrities—including one Diane Keaton, who debuted a set of plaid tips on the Today show this morning. [msnbc]

In case you missed our live-tweeting of the official announcement, Zooey Deschanel is Pantene’s latest brand spokesperson. “Being a Pantene girl has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” says the New Girl star. [People]

Johnny Depp On His Latest Adventures With Face Paint; Julia Louis-Dreyfus Talks Curly Hair; And More…


What inspired Johnny Depp’s unusual adaptation of The Lone Ranger‘s Tonto for the classic TV show’s upcoming movie remake? A painting by artist Kirby Sattler, that’s what. “I looked at the face of this warrior and thought: That’s it,” Depp says. “The stripes down the face and across the eyes…it seemed to me like you could almost see the separate sections of the individual.” [EW]

Move over, Dukan diet; there’s a new weight-loss fad in town. Celebrity “sports scientist” Venice A. Fulton’s book, Six Weeks to OMG, is garnering an impressive number of fans with its mix of nutritional, biochemical, genetic, and psychological know-how—as well as the hardwired belief that coffee and cold baths will spell the end of cellulite. [Daily Mail]

Curly girl Julia Louis-Dreyfus is best known for playing Seinfeld‘s frizzy-haired Elaine Benes. But the Veep star admits that during her early days on Saturday Night Live, a producer tried to convince her that she should always wear her hair straight. “Not only did I make my hair curly on Seinfeld…I enhanced the curl and made it huge,” she recalls. “I wonder if that hair wasn’t some kind of reaction.” [Jezebel]

In other hair transformation reflections, Justin Bieber’s brief flirtation with a dark brunette crop has come to an end. The pop star is back to his natural shade of dirty blond. [Hollywood Life]

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Justin Bieber Goes Dark; The Empress Strikes Back; And More…


Justin Bieber has gone brunette, inciting what we can only imagine is a collective outcry from ‘tween girls around the world. [Us]

Sean Diddy Combs has gotten himself into a bit of legal trouble. The hip-hop mogul is being sued by Empress Hair Care, a Texas-based company that is claiming Combs stole its name for his new feminine fragrance, also called Empress. [NYDN]

Justin Timberlake is having a less difficult time winning over beauty junkies. The newly engaged singer-turned-actor has been wooing fragrance fans as the star of Givenchy’s new campaign for its Play Sport. [E!]

Scented ads in magazines are not just for perfumes anymore. Brands like Febreze, Dove and—wait for it—Mr. Clean have also been capitalizing on the strips’ instantly gratifying aromatic effects. [Forbes]

Bo-tax may be going bye-bye. The 6 percent tax on cosmetic surgery and elective procedures, which was introduced last year, is being repealed in some states like New Jersey, which has decided to phase-out the tariff. The cast of the state’s Real Housewives franchise is no doubt thrilled. [NPR]