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BEAUTY FASHION Celebrates 100th Anniversary & Symrise’s 220-Year Heritage in Paris

BEAUTY FASHION celebrated their 100th Anniversary and Symrise’s 220-Year Heritage in Fine Fragrance at the exclusive Cercle de I’Union Interalliee in Paris.

Industry leaders from L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, LVMH, Coty, Unilever, Puig, Interparfums, Chanel and Hermes, gathered together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of BEAUTY FASHION at the exclusive Cercle de L’Union Interalliee in Paris. The event was sponsored by Symrise which has a 220 year heritage in fine fragrance having enabled the creation of such iconic scents as Jicky by Guerlain through the innovation of synthetic Vanillin as well as the exquisite perfumery bases from Fabrique DeLaire, Shalimar, and more recently Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera and Comme des Garcons. The evening also toasted Symrise’s philanthropic work to provide sustainable jobs in Madagascar and Brazil who harvest the crops, including vanilla beans, to make Symrise’s products.

BEAUTY FASHION editor Christine Scott Ledes, Symrise President Achim Daub, Symrise CEO Dr. Heinz-Jeurgen Betram and Vogue Publisher Susan Plagemann

BEAUTY FASHION editor Christine Scott Ledes, Symrise President Achim Daub, Symrise CEO Dr. Heinz-Jeurgen Betram and Vogue Publisher Susan Plagemann

Two hundred guests, including Vogue Publisher Susan Plagemann and many other New Yorkers in Paris for the Women’s Ready-to-Wear shows, enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre in the main salon of the club, which will also celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. Live Fashion Artist Danielle Meder amused guests with quick sketches of themselves which were given as mementos of the evening in addition to a special scented candle created by Symrise with sustainable Vanilla from Madagascar to commemorate the event.

Redken's Nathalie Banker and George Ledes

Redken’s Nathalie Banker and George Ledes

Symrise's Julianne Pruett and Perfumer Alienor Massenet

Symrise’s Julianne Pruett and Perfumer Alienor Massenet

Vicomtesse Adda de Vaulchier, Cole Rumbough and Samine Salimpour

Vicomtesse Adda de Vaulchier, Cole Rumbough and Samine Salimpour

Hermes' Christine Nagel and Agnes de Villers with friend

Hermes’ Christine Nagel and Agnes de Villers with friend

During cocktails, George Ledes, President & CEO of BEAUTY FASHION whose family has traditionally held a beauty industry dinner at Le Cercle de L’Union Interalliee for more than thirty years, proposed a toast to Achim Daub, President, Scent & Care, of Symrise thanking him and congratulating his company’s own milestone achievements with a 100-year-old bottle of Domain Legrand Armagnac from 1917.

Jazz Singer Cole Rumbough, whose great-grandmother, Marjorie Merriweather Post, built President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence and club, Mar-a-Lago, kicked off the evening with two classics from the Great American Songbook, As Time Goes By and Sinatra’s The Best is Yet to Come!

Cole Rumbough and his trio

Cole Rumbough and his trio

A private client dinner was then held in the main dining room honoring some of the most important perfumers in the fragrance industry including Christine Nagel of Hermes; Symrise’s Master Perfumers Maurice Roucel and Emilie Copperman; as well as David Apel, Evelyne Boulanger, Alexandra Carlin, Pierre Gueros, Alienor Massenet and Elizabeth Vidal; and introducing the newest members of the Symrise sale team Veronique Ferval and Julianne Pruett.  After dinner two birthday cakes were presented by event organizer and L’Oreal veteran Jerome Bartau: one to Symrise CEO Dr. Heinz-Jeurgen Bertram, President Achim Daub and Sr VP Global Fine Fragrance Ricardo Omori, and the other to BEAUTY FASHION’s George Ledes.

Symrise Master Perfumer Emilie Coppermann and CEO Dr. Heinz-Juergen Bertram

Symrise Master Perfumer Emilie Coppermann and CEO Dr. Heinz-Juergen Bertram

Honored guests included Vicomtesse Adda de Vaulchier, legendary fragrance consultant Ann Gottlieb, BEAUTY FASHION Editor-in-Chief Christine Schott Ledes, L’Oreal’s Karine Lebret, Coty’s Sumit Bhasin, LVMH’s Ariane Premel Hermes’ Agnes de Villers, L’Oreal/Armani’s Roberta Girodot, Interparfums’ Philippe Benacin and Pierre Dessaules, Unilever’s Ann Cabotin, Cosmetique Magazine’s Sabine de Seze, Korres’ Georges Bakas, Estee Lauder’s Lana Glazman, Ferragamo’s Giulio Gavotti, Puig’s Elizabeth Vidal, L’Oreal/Ralph Lauren’s Eleanore Blum, Poshly’s Doreen Bloch, and Symrise’s Isabelle Vacheret and Doreen Bucher.

8_International Live Fashion Artist Danielle Meder & Doreen Bloch of Poshly.com

8_International Live Fashion Artist Danielle Meder & Doreen Bloch of Poshly.com