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Fancy a Fergalicious fragrance?


fergieDo you want to smell like a Pea?  Avon hopes so.

The cosmetics maker will launch a new scent with Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas next year.

Avon called Fergie “a bold choice” for its brand.

“I’m always seeking out new ways to express myself, and fragrance is the perfect opportunity to share my originality and confidence with my fans, and the Avon consumer.  I couldn’t be happier to be working with a brand with such a strong reputation for supporting women,” Fergie said in a statement.

Fergie fans in the United States will have to wait a little longer than the rest of the world for the scent.  U.S. representatives will start selling it in November of 2010.  Those outside of the United States will be able to nab it in August 2010. 

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Where Macy’s goes, Estee and Arden follow?


ENTERTAINMENT SPEARSIt must have been a rough Monday for Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden.

One of their top clients, department store operator Macy’s Inc, announced a sweeping measure to consolidate its divisions into a single unit and slash about 7,000 jobs in an effort to cut costs.

A mere three days later, Estee and Arden both posted sharp declines in quarterly profits, and also announced job cuts. While Estee, known for the Clinique and Bobbi Brown brands, said it would shed about 2,000 jobs, Arden did not specify a number.