A photo by Inez & Vinoodh called "Kristen 1996" inspired Byredo's latest scent, 1996 (also the year the duo bought their boho paradise in New York). A rich blend of black amber and violets, the eau de parfum is intended to throw the wearer into a fit of angelic ecstasy, where Kristen appears to be, with her closed eyes and berry lips. The scent started as a private edition, a gift among friends, but soon developed into a full-fledged craze, prompting the Stockholm founder and nose, Ben Gorham, to bottle it for the masses.
"These are the notes that we’ve always been attracted to that come from the different countries we have memories of, this is our house full of warm wood and high end design," say Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. "This picture represents the duality that underlies our work and our life together [and] the scent is very much Ben's impeccable and sensitive interpretation of that."
$175 at Byredo
Robert Pattinson isn't having all the face-of-a-fragrance fun. Kristen Stewart once again fronts Balenciaga's Florabotanica scent, a role started during Nicolas Ghesquière's tenure at the Paris house, and which continues with Alexander Wang at the helm.
Perhaps suggesting the scent is growing on her, she's shown with a colorful vine creeping up her topless back, a vibrant sprig on otherwise statue-like skin. It implies — while nowhere near as wild as the first campaign — new signs of post-scandal life for the actress.
It turns out that single teaser image of Robert Pattinson that Dior released on its Twitter a little while ago was just the beginning. The entire fall campaign for Dior Homme Fragrance has now been released — and it has shows a lot more range than the British actor's young fans are probably used to.
Shot by Nan Goldin — whose intimate, behind-closed-doors style of portraiture predates all current practitioners of point-and-click T&A — the campaign combines black-and-white and color imagery, conveying a sense of indulgent, ephemeral young love. It's classic Nan Goldin, who, incidentally, told The Guardian, "This Dior campaign right now, where the girl is really dope-sick then she sprays Addiction perfume and suddenly she's high. I find that really reprehensible and evil." But that was a whole decade and designer ago.
Pulchritude and pain often go hand in hand. Givenchy knows this, thus they bring you an abrasive lip scrub and soothing lip balm. The latest in the house's cultish Le Soin Noir (Black Care) line of black algae-infused products, the glamour goo means business. First up in the two-part application process, an army of abrasive micro-grains go at your lips with the exfoliating force of a desert dune. Next up, that black algae injects concentrated sea plumpness into your dazed smackers. Two in one, yin and yang — think of it as slap and tickle for your lips.
Le Soin Noir lip scrub and balm, $105 at select Givenchy and Sephora stores
An idea so genius you could have sworn it already existed, Marc Jacobs has launched a cosmetics line, in addition to his fragrances with Coty Prestige. But he hasn't just launched it, he's created a whole corner store for it (formerly his accessories store) on the same strip of Bleecker Street where his other boutiques live.
Designed by New York-based Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects, who've created nearly all Marc Jacobs stores around the world, the jewelry box of a store features as its centerpiece a massive black granite table, for makeup stations, as well as a custom chandelier by Polish artist Kacper Dolatowski.
Marc Jacobs Beauty, 385 Bleecker Street, NYC
Guess what, Millennials. Because of your city life, sleep deficit, junky diet, and social-media anxiety, your skin is distressed. You might be beyond the ravages of acne, but your skin is unable to glow the way it should at your young 20-something years.
But worry not, for Shiseido is here with skin salvation. Called Ibuki ("new breath" in Japanese), it's centered around Shiseido's new Shape Memorizing Cell Technology, fancy-speak for anti-sag. There are seven skincare products in all, each with PhytoResist Complex, promising to cleanse, moisturize, and soften your ailing epidermis. Basically, it resists the visible signs of partying and restores the skin to selfie-readiness.
€28-50 per product at Shiseido stores
Face wipes are pretty gross. They're packed with chemicals and they collect gunk from your face that you'd rather not know was there, like the good kind of parasites in your body. Then there's that name: wipes. (The word "pad" was apparently nixed by brand marketers long ago, wisely.)
But there is hope. Based in Vermont, the men's skincare line Ursa Major has released a high-end wipe (sorry) they call "r-o-b-u-s-t" — hyphens included. Having tried it, we can attest to the promised robustness, yet the process went down without incident. They got the job done without stripping our skin of moisture, throwing its Ph balance into disarray, or leaving a sickly filmy substance. The effect was calming, not ew-ick — probably because there are no parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances. Plus they smell great, owing to their essential oils of orange, fir, and lavender.
Lastly, while Ursa Major is for men, we're wholeheartedly endorsing it for women. Because, in addition to all its other celestial benefits, it removes makeup like a champ.
$24 for a pack of 20 at Ursa Major
Bottling the contradiction inherent in the label, Comme des Garçons has released Blue Invasion, a trio of scents combining a sizzling cold and frosty aggression. Incense, cedarwood, and sandalwood swirl and struggle in unexpected ways. If anyone can assault the senses in the most exquisite way possible, it's Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons Parfums.
$125 for 100 ml spray, available now at the Dover Street Market New York e-shop, orJuly 17 at Comme des Garçons, 520 W. 22nd St, NYC
Scented-candle aficionados looking for more than pleasantly aromatic wax with a wick will fancy a tactile new collaboration between Joya Studios and the artist Oliver Ruuger. The limited-edition candle and engraved leather case are made by hand in New York and London, respectively, with the latter produced from British saddle hide branded with artwork, an ancient Latin palindrome. The candle, called is hand-poured at the Joya Studio using soy, vegetable oil, beeswax, and of course the fragrance, a combination of woodsmoke, fire and juniper oil.
$450 for 12.5 oz at Barneys New York (Madison Ave) and Joya Studios