September 3 2014

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3 posts tagged "Estee Lauder"

Prada Lists, Franco Quits, The CFDA Visits, And More…


The rumors are ramping up: The long awaited Prada initial public offering may happen, sources say, as early as July. The Italian megabrand is reportedly eyeing the Hong Kong stock exchange for its first listing. [Vogue U.K.]

The CFDA and Assouline want to help you travel in style. CFDA designers including Francisco Costa, Tommy Hilfiger, and Donna Karan are among the many American designers who have contributed favorite global hot spots and vacation mementos to American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go, the latest volume in the CFDA’s ongoing coffee-table book series. [WWD]

R.I.P. James Franco’s Twitter. [Entertainment Weekly]

Aerin Lauder—the next Tory Burch? Page Six reports that Estée’s granddaughter is leaving the family business to found her own fashion and lifestyle company. [Page Six]

Photo: Gianni Pucci /

Blasblog: Sweet Scents And Sweeter Charity


My Tuesday morning was, to steal a term from the contemporary fashion scene, very high/low. It started uptown at the Plaza Hotel, where Marjorie Gubelmann hosted a breakfast for Sardinia, the newest scent in her luxury candle line Vie Luxe. Why Sardinia? “Because that place is heaven on earth,” said Gubelmann. “It’s luxe!” After scarfing a croissant and orange juice, I headed downtown to the God’s Love We Deliver headquarters in the David Geffen building on Spring Street and Sixth Avenue, where Joan Rivers, Blaine Trump, and Estée Lauder’s John Demsey were helping the organization prepare for its ten millionth meal for people living with HIV/AIDS. Down in the kitchen, Rivers was on packing duty, scooping pork chops, carrots, and brussels sprouts into containers. There was a countdown to number 10,000,000, followed by cheers and a little dance to “I Am What I Am,” and then the troop hightailed it to MacDougal Street to deliver the landmark meal. “This charity means so much to me,” Rivers explained in transit. “Look at me, I’m in a hairnet. You know I’m serious if I would wear one of these—every hair is important.” For more information on the charity, go to

Photo: Derek Blasberg

rose-tinted spectacle: elizabeth hurley and others turn out for charity in mumbai


Everyone knows pink is the navy blue of India, but on Thursday night it was also the color of one of Mumbai’s most iconic hotels, the Taj Mahal Palace, which played host to Liz Hurley and some of India’s biggest stars as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event, which was also part of Estée Lauder’s Global Landmark Illumination Initiative, raised money and consciousness about a disease that affects a frightening number of women. Sweeping onto an outdoor patio overlooking the sea in an appropriately hued sari, Hurley gave a short but inspiring speech, and then, with the help of her son, Damian, flicked a switch and turned the Taj hot pink as her husband, Arun Nayar looked on. Hurley wasn’t the only famous face in the crowd—alongside an assortment of Mumbai’s biggest socials (who turned it out in typically Indian style, with statement jewelry and drop-dead silk chiffons), she had some company in Sonam Kapoor, a breathtakingly beautiful actress who is one of Bollywood’s brightest new names. It was nice to attend an event that had more of a purpose than a typical cocktail party, and given that India is relatively insulated from the economic downturn, it may have raised more money than an American charity event might these days.

Photo: Courtesy of Estee Lauder