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Revlon to celebrate 80 years with London exhibition

BY Antoinette Alexander

LONDON — Revlon is inviting beauty enthusiasts and fashion fanatics to experience a one-of-a-kind exhibition that will guide them through iconic moments in Revlon’s history that have contributed to shaping the brand as we see it today.

A collection of London’s ground-breaking creatives have come together to showcase how these ages have influenced Revlon’s continual innovation within the beauty industry through works of art and installation alongside a wide range of artifacts sourced from Revlon archives, the company stated. 

The exhibition, curated by Ryan Lanji, will feature works from Revlon’s U.K. nail ambassador, Jenny Longworth, and a number of London’s ground-breaking creatives: artist Lorna May Wadsworth (previous works include commissioned paintings of Lady Thatcher, model Lily Cole, Sir Derek Jacobi and Richard Curtis); Alex Noble (art director and fashion designer who has designed for Lady Gaga and Florence Welsh); fashion illustrator Spiros Halaris; filmmaker Nicola Saint-Marc; and artists Bobby Patmore, Linton Meagher and Debra Frances.

The exhibition will tell the story of Charles Revson, the man who built the Revlon Empire and how he changed the appearance of women throughout the world, both in how they looked to others and how they looked to themselves.

"Enamoured: 80 Years of Revlon" will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at the London Film Museum.

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Biocom develops alternative to sanitary napkins, tampons

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN DIEGO — Regional life sciences association Biocom has introduced a new eco-friendly alternative to sanitary napkins and tampons. Enter FemmyCycle, a product from member FemCap.

The FemmyCycle was granted clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 16. FemmyCycle creator Alfred Shihata is familiar with developing feminine products. His FDA-approved FemCap is one of the few hormone-free, woman-controlled contraceptive methods available.

"When I developed the FemCap, my goal was to provide women with a safe, effective, hormone-free birth control device. The motivation behind the FemmyCycle was much the same: to provide a safer, more convenient alternative to pads and tampons at a lower economic and environmental cost," Shihata stated.

The FemmyCycle’s nonspill design collects and holds menstrual flow for up to 12 hours. Collecting menstrual flow rather than absorbing it eliminates the risk of toxic shock syndrome associated with tampons. In addition, women using the device reported an absence of odor and leaks as the device keeps menstrual fluid away from vaginal walls and vulva and unexposed to air, the company stated.

The FemmyCycle can be worn during exercise and other daily activities. It is a reusable device made of soft, medical grade silicone and lasts for a year or more, making it an environmentally friendly alternative to tampons and pads. The FemmyCycle costs $39.95 per twin pack and will be available online and in stores in early 2013.

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Coty, Katy Perry ink fragrance partnership

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Coty has signed singer, songwriter and entertainer Katy Perry to develop and market her own line of signature fragrances. As part of the project, Coty will also distribute the artist’s successful existing fragrance portfolio, comprised of Purr and Meow!, effective immediately.

Perry joins Coty’s list of brands that include Calvin Klein, Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Playboy, among many others.

"We are thrilled to have an artist as creative and talented as Katy Perry join us at Coty," stated Renato Semerari, president of Coty Beauty. "Katy is original and daring — her unique approach to music and life will serve as the inspiration behind her innovative new scents and allow us to explore new avenues of scent creation."

Eight-time Grammy nominee Katy Perry is one of the best-selling recording artists of this era. Her album "Teenage Dream," which has sold more than 5 million copies and 50 million single downloads to date, has remained in the top 40 album charts since its release two years ago. Perry is a global superstar, touring the world with soldout arenas, including 124 live shows in her 2011 California Dreams tour. The tour is documented in this summer’s hit 3D feature "Katy Perry: Part of Me," which is already the fourth-biggest music documentary of all time.

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