5 posts tagged "The Fragrance Foundation"
Known as the Oscars of the fragrance industry, the Fifi Awards were doled out to U.K. perfumers last night, preceding the American version of the Fragrance Foundation’s annual celebration, which is scheduled for May 27. If the winners in London are any indication for what’s to come in New York, Estée Lauder stands to do very well, as the company received top honors, taking home the prize for best new prestige female fragrance for its Sensuous scent, as well as getting wins in two additional categories. Other highlights included an appearance by Jean-Paul Guerlain, who was honored for his “creativity and services to the fragrance industry,” and the awarding of Best New Celebrity Fragrance to Katie Price’s Besotted. It just goes to show you that raunchy, former models-turned-reality television stars’ ability to push perfumes is now a global phenomenon.
WWD reported today that Marc Jacobs—designer extraordinaire and reviver of the kilt—will be honored at the Fifi Awards on May 27. Jacobs, who took home the Fragrance Foundation’s top honors last year, winning Fragrance of the Year for his Daisy Marc Jacobs scent, will get the Hall of Fame award this year, following in the footsteps of Vera Wang, who was the 2008 winner. Seeing as how Jacobs has only really been at the base note game for a decade, one can only imagine the ways he’ll influence the beauty industry in the future—a color cosmetics range, perhaps? Click here for a full list of this year’s Fifi nominees.
Say what you will about Paris Hilton; the heiress has proven herself to be quite the pusher of perfume. Eight different scents already bear her name, and while we don’t own a single one, her fan base is apparently growing just fine without us. So fine, in fact, that Parlux Fragrances, Inc. has just signed the celebutante to a new five-year licensing agreement to ensure further brand extensions. Ms. Hilton has also been named Celebrity of the Year by the Fragrance Foundation and will accept her FiFi Award this May. It’s times like these when all that partying and being born into privilege really pay off.
When the nonprofit organization the Fragrance Foundation held its annual State of the Industry luncheon this week, the mood at New York’s Metropolitan Club was fairly somber. With the financial crisis providing a grim prognosis for the holiday season, which is typically a time for the beauty industry and its myriad gift sets to shine, the panel of experts in attendance all but counted out domestic and European sales profits. “Flat will be the favorable scenario” was the general consensus, according to a report from Cosmetics News. Scrappy by nature, however, purveyors of perfume, makeup, and general grooming products are not about to admit defeat. When the going gets tough, the tough get visas—and set their sights on emerging markets. Apparently, a booming economy in Brazil, strong buying power for luxury items in Russia, and what they’re calling “tremendous potential” in the Indian and Chinese sectors will be where the industry shifts its focus for 2009. Here’s to a beautiful future, or “Prekaraasnyy Budushchiy,” as they say in Russian.
Last night, Vivienne Westwood was bestowed a prestigious award that most beauty legends would kill for—let alone a fashion icon who dabbles in perfumes and powders. Inducted into the Circle of Champions by the Fragrance Foundation, Westwood was honored at an industry-only affair at Claridge’s Hotel in London for making “notable and newsworthy contributions to the fragrance industry,” according to an article from Cosmetics Business. Following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Paul Smith, who won the award last year, Westwood was selected for an ability to continually create fragrances “evocative of decades gone by,” including Boudoir in 1998, Libertine in 2000, Anglomania in 2004, and Boudoir Sin Garden and Let It Rock in 2007. Her personal perfume strides have been noteworthy, for sure, and there’s also the fact that she produced Joe Corre, co-founder of Agent Provocateur, the brand that took home last year’s FiFi for best women’s prestige fragrance. A good nose apparently runs in the family.