Oscar-winning, critically-acclaimed, publicly-adored Tilda Swinton will be the face of Nars’ spring beauty campaign. Francois Nars, who previously tapped the screen legend Charlotte Rampling, opted for the Scottish actress and muse for her idiosyncratic, transformative portrayals in films such as I Am Love, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Orlando, and two Wes Anderson projects.
Nars shoots his own campaigns and has shot four portraits of Swinton. Each is based on one of four cosmetic ranges, beginning with the limited-edition eye-color collection Eye-Opening Act — aptly named, we might add.
$28 - $48 at Nars boutiques in January
If Helmut Lang isn't ever returning to his label, at least his three signature scents are making a comeback. His women's and men's fragrances were launched in 2000 and 2001, respectively, while his second men's cologne, Cuiron, was added in 2002. All three were discontinued in 2005 when the designer, after selling all his shares to Prada, left the building.
Now, almost ten years later, after Prada sold to Link Theory, the company thinks it's a good time to reintroduce the trio. Considering there's a huge cult following for the originals, why not? While purists will no doubt know the difference, the scents have now been reissued in all their musky glory that calls to mind both clean laundry and morning-after bedsheets.
$185 (Eau de Parfum, Eau de Cologne), $165 (Cuiron) for 100 ml at Helmut Lang stores and online
Diana Vreeland was a woman of grandiose, sometimes outrageous proclamations: “Unshined shoes are the end of civilization,” “The West is boring itself to death! And talking itself to death!" and our favorite, "All my life I’ve pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me." In her own brash and totally subjective way, she changed — and in some cases invented — the rules of fashion. This ability was the motivating force in her more than 35 years in service to fashion and style, first as fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, then as editor-in-chief of Vogue, then as head of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum.
It's in this colorful context that Diana Vreeland Parfums was born. Envisioned by her grandson, Alexander Vreeland, the five scents in the new series take after some of Vreeland's more theatrical superlatives: Absolutely Vital (note of sandalwood and rose), Extravagance Russe (amber), Perfectly Marvelous (jasmine, cashmeran), Outrageously Vibrant (cassis, patchouli, rose), and Simply Divine (tuberose).
Of course the bottle, too, would have to reflect Vreeland's affection for tall tales. With this in mind, Fabien Baron created a glass bottle in exaggerated proportions, though in keeping with the elegance of perfume flacons typical of the 1920s. The warm hues recall Vreeland's famed red boudoir.
Diana Vreeland Parfums will launch during Milan Fashion Week, September 4, 6-9 pm, 10 Corso Como, where Alexander Vreeland will be on hand
ODIN — the New York men's store and fashion label with three downtown outlets — is cult-known for its Black Line, a unisex collection of ten brooding eau de parfums. The brand is now exploring its feminine side with White Line, three eau de parfums — Milieu Rosa, Efflora, Vert Reseda — that deconstruct notions of a floral scent, incorporating every part of the flower: stem, leaves, and blossom.
The packaging is a graphic relief by paper engineer Matthew Shlian, whose method of layering and laser-cutting cardstock creates three-dimensional artworks relating to each scent's complex minimalism.
At ODIN and Barneys New York in November 2014
Francois Nars has made good on his campaign promise to feature Charlotte Rampling in his fall ads for Nars, marking the beauty brand's 20th anniversary. Shot by Nars himself, the first and only image so far — for Audacious Lipstick Collection — is in no way audacious, clearly, and maybe that's the audacity. Still, it succeeds in conveying the British actress's boldness of style and stature.
Tapping the 68-year-old living icon — adored by so many for her smoldering and usually challenging roles in gritty dramas from the '60s through the '80s, including Luchino Visconti's The Damned (1969), The Night Porter (1974), and The Verdict (1982) — fits a trend in the cosmetics field. Earlier this year Jessica Lange was named the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty and Stephanie Seymour of Estée Lauder.
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Back in 2007, Christian Louboutin and David Lynch collaborated on a noirish little project called Fetish, in which the footwear king created a vertical shoe — where the stiletto heel ran the length of the foot, from heel to tippy toe — and the director photographed two nude Crazy Horse dancers wearing them, or attempting to. The tenebrous images were displayed in an exhibition in Paris and, two years later, in Moscow.
The two extremists are back at it. Paying tribute to the start of his label some 20 years ago, when he used red nail lacquer to create the first signature red sole, Louboutin has created a nail polish, Rouge Louboutin, with a cap that mimics the elongated heel of the vertical shoe. He then asked Lynch to create a short video, resulting in a fittingly surreal, Magritte-inspired single minute.
"For some people, 'obscenity' is a dirty word, one that sanctimonious and censorious people have associated with my work for a long time," filmmaker and artist Bruce LaBruce told Hint. "So I decided to give it back to them as a beautiful fragrance, something that they can spray on their bodies and luxuriate in. Perhaps it will open their minds as well as their nostrils."
While it's an actual fragrance, Obscenity — a unisex eau de parfum (produced in a limited-edition of 100 bottles) infused with frankincense, sandalwood, and cedar, as well as holy water from Lourdes — is part of a larger solo exhibit at The Hole gallery. In it, LaBruce thumbs his nose at self-styled arbiters of decency, presenting large-scale photos, a television commercial, and a making-of documentary — most of it incorporating blasphemous interracial ecstasy.
Obviously satirical, the show nonetheless condemns a lingering prudishness and willful closed-mindedness among modern society. Having transcended his radical-queer roots some time ago, LaBruce — or, as he encourages, BlaB — has been producing especially graphic, unapologetic work of late, dealing with sexually taboo themes of necrophilia and, most recently, Gerontophilia, also the title of his latest feature-length film, a deeply unsettling yet charming May-December romance (premiering later this month at NewFest in New York).
Obscenity, July 10 – August 23, 2014, The Hole, 310 Bowery, NYC
Here it is, Alexander Wang's first scent for Balenciaga, debuting at the designer's resort 2015 collection for the house. Called simply B Balenciaga, the fragrance is a blend of the house's heritage and Wang's inimitable take on modernity. The artisanal-looking cracked glass of the bottle pays tribute to the veined marble flooring of the couturier's original salon at 10 Avenue George V, while the airy juice itself — a mix of lily of the valley and violet — is made darker with various woody notes. The ad campaign, too, achieves an insouciant minimalism with a hint of iconoclasm, shot by Steven Klein and starring a cat-eyed Anna Ewers.
Widely available October 2014
Milliner Stephen Jones buzzed into town to launch his Wisteria Hysteria fragrance with Comme des Garçons at Dover Street Market NY (and take in the Met Gala). Not surprisingly, the eau de toilette ($165) — housed in a miniature hat box on a white veil nest — takes its askew cues from the Comme universe of strange scents. Its sweet-and-spicy notes stand in contrast to the first aromatic collaboration between the two — "futuristic and rococo," as Stephen describes it.
Of course the spirit of teamwork between Stephen Jones and Rei Kawakubo is nothing new. Ever since a chance encounter thirty years ago, Stephen has created hats for many a Comme collection, women's and men's, as well as creating the Stephen Jones 1 hats exclusively for Dover.
To celebrate the launch of Wisteria Hysteria, director Henry Pincus created a short film — with clothes by L'Wren Scott — inspired by the contrarian nature of the fragrance. The film, played on continuous loop at the launch, tells the story of a woman’s encounter with the opposite version of herself...