Pink Ladies: 7 Fragrance-Industry Execs Show Off the Season's "It" Color

For many years, the fragrance business has been dominated by men, but these seven superstars are the ultimate game changers. Dressed in shades of pink—the season’s “it” color—these trailblazers put the pretty in powerful

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Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, founder, Nyakio

Beauty Bio: Uses ingredients—and aromas—from her parents’ native Africa. Her Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub (hsn​.com) was inspired by the fragrant coffee farm where her grandmother worked.


Style Mantra: For big occasions, goes with flowy, feminine styles. For chauffeuring her kids: California boho chic (think caftans with flip-flops). Best investment: “My Vuitton shopping bag. It’s a carry-on, diaper bag and workbag all in one!”


Acne Studios silk gown; Calvin Klein leather heels; Sara Weinstock chandelier crystal earrings with diamonds; Barneys New York. Carolina Bucci yellow-, rose- and white-gold bangles; 212-753-7300. Rings are Kamoche Grieco’s own.

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Julie Leong, VP of beauty, the Musmanno Group

Beauty Bio: Helped publicize fragrance launches by DKNY, Missoni and Michael Kors. Now, at the Musmanno Group, handles PR for Kenneth Cole and Ivanka Trump scents, as well as the Fragrance Foundation.


Style Mantra: Likes comfort, good tailoring, drama. Her “miracle worker”? A one-shoulder dress from T by Alexander Wang: “It has stretch, so I can eat pasta carbonara and still fit into it.”


Lela Rose silk dress with full skirt; Salvatore Ferragamo python heels; 866-337-7242. Phillips House yellow-gold chrysoprase earrings and yellow-gold amazonite and blue-sapphire bangle;

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Alexandra Balahoutis, founder, Strange Invisible Perfumes

Beauty Bio: Sells from a shop in Venice Beach (also at Signature scent: natural but not too hippie-dippie. Her process is botanical perfumery, which combines plants, flowers, seeds, wood and resin essences.


Style Mantra: For work, skinny jeans and silk tops. Evenings are all about sex appeal—an artful frock with “outrageous but sleek heels.” Her philosophy: “Where fashion is concerned, I’m pretty inclined to seize the day.”


Zero + Maria Cornejo silk crepe dress; Bergdorf Goodman. Ports 1961 lizard sandals; for stores. Jewelry is Balahoutis’s own.

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Charisse Ford, SVP of global marketing, Estée Lauder

Beauty Bio: Oversees marketing for Estée Lauder makeup, skin care and fragrances. Current project: Lauder’s first fragrance launch in a decade, Modern Muse ( “I enjoy the creativity involved in defining [the buyer]—what she does, how she feels, who she loves.” 


Style Mantra: Gold accessories, heels, sculptural sheaths—amped up with gunmetal nails and red lips. Handbag: “The Bottega Veneta that my mother lent me, which looks great with everything.”


Bottega Veneta silk embroidered dress; Jimmy Choo leather pumps; Bracelet is Ford’s own.

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Lisa Hoffman, founder and president, Lisa Hoffman Beauty

Beauty Bio: A lover of fragrance (and of husband Dustin). Developed perfumed-oil sets to scent you round the clock: one vial each for morning, noon, evening and bedtime. Now does body care and scented jewelry (lisahoffmanbeauty​.com).


Style Mantra: “Classic styles with a modern twist,” aka Prada and Marni. Perfect end of a long day: “The Turnbull & Asser nightshirt my husband gave me a million years ago.”


Prada wool coat; for stores. Ports 1961 silk slip dress; ports1961​.com for stores. Chloé leather pumps; Lisa Hoffman beauty fragrance bracelets;

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Laura Slatkin, founder and CEO, Nest Fragrances

Beauty Bio: Launched Slatkin & Company, a luxury home-fragrance business, with husband Harry in 1992. Created home-fragrance products for brands such as Ralph Lauren. On her own, launched Nest Fragrances (nestfragrances​.com), offering both home and fine fragrances.


Style Mantra: Closet filled with Valentino, Dior and Belstaff (“I’m not a flats and slacks girl”). Real signature is her flip hairstyle. Recent splurge: “The Dior outfit I’m wearing in this photo. I couldn’t resist!”


Dior cashmere T-shirt and floral silk skirt; 800-929-3467. Manolo Blahnik satin heels; 212-582-3007. Fred Leighton 19th-century diamond bracelet and19th-century diamond earrings; 212-288-1872. Ring is Slatkin’s own.

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Elisabeth Noel Jones, CEO, By Kilian fragrances

Beauty Bio: Former fragrance buyer for top stores. Now runs By Kilian Inc. (, a unisex, über-luxe fragrance collection created by Kilian Hennessy (as in the Hennessy cognac dynasty).


Style Mantra: Loves Givenchy and Isabel Marant; her power look always includes a pair of Louboutins. Best bag? “My gray 2.55 Chanel. I’ll have it forever, and gray is my staple neutral all year round.”


Valentino cotton and silk dress; 212-772-6969. Paige Novick brass-plated earrings and silver-plated cuff with Swarovski crystals; Manolo Blahnik suede heels; neimanmarcus​.com.


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First Published Wed, 2013-10-09 10:05

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