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FASHION

FRANCA SOZZANI HONORED AT NEW YORK BALL

Announcements, Competitions/Awards

7h
Vogue Italia's Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's European School of Economic' s New York Ball, held November 19 at the Trump Tower - see events. Also honored are Australian film director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume and production designer Catherine Martin, with the International Ambassadors Award; Architect Peter Marino receives the Legendary Icon Award; American photographer Steven Klein who takes home the Legendary Visionary Award; and singer and songwriter Patrick Park with the New York Award. Peter Dundas is the Event Chair with Tommy Hilfiger as Event Co-Chair.

FOREVER 21 REVEALS FACES OF HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN

Announcements, PR

7h
Global clothing label Forever 21 has unveiled singer Iggy Azalea and Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young as the faces of its holiday campaign. Available in stores and online from today, the collection features velvet knit cropped tops, fitted and flare dresses, printed metallic shorts, oversized cardigans and pullover sweaters. The men's holiday line includes a range of suits for various occasions in flannel, wool blends, marled textures and tweeds, in various fits. Mini ranges due to launch in November and December are The Party Shop, The Gift Shop, Holiday Deals and the New Year's Eve Dress Collection.

PANDORA USA PARTNERS WITH ANITA MARKS

Announcements

8h
Fine jewelry brand Pandora has announced a partnership with Football Correspondent and Analyst Anita Marks. The former professional football player's collaboration with the company includes event sponsorship, in-store appearances, social media contribution and promotion of the designs. Pandora, alongside the National Football League, introduced a line of charms earlier this year to represent each of the 32 League teams, available to buy online and in select stadium stores.

BEAUTY

GLOSSYBOX USA PARTNERS WITH OPI FOR EXCLUSIVE SHADE

Launches/Relaunches

2d
GLOSSYBOX USA has announced the launch of a collaborative nail polish shade with nail care brand OPI. The polish will match the classic pink GLOSSYBOX hue and all GLOSSYBOX subscribers will receive the polish in their November box. 'In being part of the GLOSSYBOX experience, OPI is able to reach a new audience of beauty lovers looking to receive the latest in both color and technology', says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador. 'With GLOSSYBOX, OPI has the opportunity to market products in a new way that allows users to see, touch and most importantly test lacquer and color firsthand.' Launching in all November boxes exclusively for GLOSSYBOX subscribers along with four deluxe and full-size beauty products, the limited edition shade is named Pink Outside the GLOSSYBOX.

MICHELE MARIE PR HANDLES SWOON

Account Wins, PR

7d
Beauty brand Swoon has appointed Michele Marie PR to handle its press and publicity. The label was founded by Keisha Wright, who wanted to create cosmetic tools that act as a solution for common beauty bothers such as lip gloss applicators not reaching the end of the tube. This inspired the first product, Universal Lip Gloss Scoop & Applicator, which launched at Cosmoprof. The part scoop part applicator features a non-porous, easy to clean and flexible application head, with an extra long neck to reach the bottom of a gloss tube. The wand also features a cover that snaps closed, making it ideal for travel. Since its debut, Swoon has become one of the first independent African American brands to be stocked at Sephora.

L'ORÉAL PARIS NAMES NAOMI WATTS AS SPOKESPERSON

Announcements, Appointments

7d
Global beauty brand L'Oréal Paris has announced the appointment of actress Naomi Watts as its latest Spokesperson. Naomi says, 'I am deeply honored to join this inspirational brand. L'Oréal Paris has been telling women for decades that they are 'worth it' - this is not a slogan, it's an inspirational mantra. L'Oréal Paris embodies much more than legendary products, it also promotes self-affirmation, self-confidence and allows each and every woman to value herself no matter what her age, background or nationality.'

LIFESTYLE

MICHELE MARIE PR REPRESENTS PAPERGOLD

Account Wins, PR

2w
Michele Marie PR has announced its representation of PaperGold. Due to a technological process, gold has been transformed into a paper thin bill that can be easily held, folded and carried. Currently available in 1/10th gram of pure 24kt gold per bill, the process begins with customized artwork of American symbols of power and wealth, then placed into a machine that deposits precise amounts of liquid gold on the film. Each bill is then placed between thin film and cut, before being verified. Pricing for PaperGold currently starts at $100 for 10 bills, with a $50 for five bill option introduced from October 17.

AMARA EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Announcements, Launches/Relaunches

3w
Luxury online retailer Amara has announced the launch of its French website as part of its international expansion plans. The new site will sit alongside Amara's current international sites covering the UK, United States, Australia and United Arab Emirates. It will be managed from the UK with a dedicated French speaking customer services team available to assist customers via phone, email and live chat. France is Amara's third largest international region following US and Australia. The brand has seen significant growth in sales and traffic in Europe since migrating from .co.uk to .com in 2013, and is currently looking into other European territories to continue expanding into over the next 18 months. The homeware retailer began as a small business based in the Essex countryside and has grown to offer luxury interiors worldwide.

MEDIA/INDUSTRY

THALGO APPOINTS INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR

Appointments

9h
Thalgo has named Arnaud Diaz as its International Director. Diaz previously headed up the role of International Development at [ comfort zone ], and will use his expertise in spa business plan development and execution, marketing and sales operations to give strong support to Thalgo's brand development internationally. Diaz said: 'My mission is to grow brand awareness and transform the key factors of success into a dynamic engine to drive the long term continuous growth, enhancing the unique comprehensive offer of products and services to our worldwide partners.'

INSTYLE USA ANNOUNCES TEAM PROMOTIONS

Appointments

11h
InStyle USA, the fashion, beauty and celebrity publication, has announced the promotion of Cindy Weber-Cleary from Fashion Director to Special Projects Editor, with effect early November. She has worked at the title since 1999, previously holding the same position at Glamour, New York Woman and Cosmopolitan, in addition to working as Fashion Editor at Vogue. Melissa Rubini will take on the role of Fashion Director from November, having previously held the position of Style Director. As well as her Freelance Stylist and Creative Consultant roles, she was formerly the CEO and Creative Director at Stella Rubini, Fashion Director at BULLETT Magazine and has worked in a number of stylist and fashion roles at Prada, Group Arezzo, Bergdorf Goodman, The New York Times and Condé Nast.