Kenny Scharf for Kiehl's

Two Warm and Fuzzy Things Together: Kiehl's and Kenny Scharf

Kiehl’s is the kind of beauty and skincare line that likes to let the products speak for themselves. What's usually quiet word-of-mouth is about to get louder for the holidays. This year the culty brand has invited Kenny Scharf to design its limited-edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection. The pop artist's bright and happy creatures, based on TV cartoons, are splashed across the company's best-selling, and possibly the world's best, body lotion.

Fans of Scharf, the sole survivor of the 80s art scene that included Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, can also own a small piece of the famed artist's work, a drop-headed character named Squirt. Each Squirt toy doll is individually numbered and includes a signed certificate of authenticity.

$29.50-$75 at Kiehl's. 100% of net proceeds will benefit RxArt, a non-profit organization fostering artistic expression and awareness among pediatric patients.

Oct 12, 2012 18:05:00
Byredo Black Saffron

Get a Whiff of This: Byredo's Black Saffron

There's more to saffron than artist Christo's takeover of Central Park some years ago. Not only is the spice one of the world's costliest substances, it's a time-honored dye, medicine and even an aphrodisiac. Saffron was brought to Kashmir by the Persians centuries ago; its use and cultivation spread quickly throughout India.

Which brings us to Ben Gorham—founder and nose of Swedish perfumery Byredo—who steeps all of his fragrances with personal memories. His latest scent, Black Saffron, is no different. "Saffron has always been a part of my Indian upbringing, in smell, taste and color. It is holy to all Hindus and the color of Buddhist robes." he says. "Black Saffron is a fragrance inspired by this very idea of sublime unity."

$220 for 100 ml at Byredo

Sep 21, 2012 13:16:00

Everything You Wanted to Know About Lady Gaga's Fame But Were Afraid to Ask

In this nearly eight-minute video, Lady Gaga talks—with well-rounded elocution—about her new fragrance, Fame, and the feature video by Steven Klein. The black eau de parfum was launched at the Guggenheim Museum later that night in a Warhol-worthy performance-art piece in which the dark-dabbling diva hatched from a large-scale bottle for her 15 minutes of fame, whereupon she had the back of her head shaved and inked by tattoo artist Mark Mahoney.

Sep 18, 2012 22:37:00
Carlos Huber

Q&A with Arquiste Perfume's Carlos Huber

For Carlos Huber, founder of Arquiste perfumes, to be fragrantly correct means to journey back in time. Perusing the past has become a daily preoccupation for the Mexican-born architect and preservationist. The aromatic goal is to transport the wearer to a particular point in history, for example the meeting of King Louis XIV and his wife, Queen Maria Theresa, in 1660, or Alexander Pushkin’s death by duel in 1837.

In one year, Huber has developed six such high-concept scents for Arquiste, all of which have been picked up by Barneys New York. In addition, the fabled candle company Cire Trudon has invited him to collaborate on a scented candle, and the perfumer's cherubic face has been chosen for J.Crew’s current fall collection.

We caught up with Huber, who filled us in on how his longtime love of perfumes and history and the support of his clientele have converged to turn Arquiste into a latter-day reality...

Capturing a historical moment in a scent sounds like a difficult enterprise. How can an event in, say, 1695 in Mexico City (Anima Dulcis) evoke olfactory memories for you?
Because we are inheritors of the same world, heritage and traditions. When you visit an old building, you can sense its history by the feeling you experience. You smell the old materials. When you open a book on the period, you can find ancient culinary recipes that you might very well have tasted in 2012. Same with some perfume ingredients. We all know natural ingredients that have been used in fragrances for centuries, and that are tied to a specific geography or culture. That's why with Arquiste there is a big emphasis on "naturals."

Sounds like an intense process. Which fragrance was the most challenging to create?
Anima Dulcis for sure. It's like the mole paste invented in Viceregal Mexican convents. It has gourmand notes, green, florals and also woody aspects. To find the right balance of them was a no-no-no-yes process.

What exactly is your role?
My role is developer. I research the historic site and period that a story is based on, and I conduct smelling sessions to figure out the balance of the ingredients. I focus on evoking the historical moment and the perfumers try to make it a complete and aesthetic work of olfactory art. In the end we all end up agreeing over an after-work drink. I am fortunate to work with very accomplished perfumers who are smart, fun, and supportive of my stubborn ideas.

What makes a good perfume?
Whatever works well with your own skin. A perfume that has 'flight,' that breathes, touches your heart and tickles your nose.

Please describe your childhood. Where did you grow up? What did you originally want to be?
I grew up in Mexico City. My childhood was spent between old convents and Aztec pyramids. I'm kidding. I had a very standard, happy childhood with my brother and sister. We still have a ridiculous kid's sense of humor when we are together. I originally wanted to be an architect specializing in Lego blocks. (Laughs)

You've come a long way since Legos. What was your epiphany moment when you decided to launch a perfume line?
My epiphany moment came one day on a flight back to New York after a long weekend. I realized the day I was looking forward to the most was the day when I had my perfume course with nose Rodrigo Flores-Roux. I was talking about it with my partner and he said, "Why don't you work on a project with perfume, maybe mix it with architecture?" Bah, I thought, How can you do that? "Maybe if you do it through the idea of 'restoration' by recreating a smell, an experience, through research and restructuring." It all started as an experiment, a project to be tested. And it worked. Being based in New York and taking advantage of the support of its entrepreneurs made it easier. American perfumery is more open, as opposed to the European world of hierarchies and traditions. I work with French-trained perfumers, so we have a good mix of both traditions.

Do you believe in masculine, feminine, or in shared perfumes? Is there a need for all three?
I do believe in all three. But for me, most perfumes fall into the category of shared. That said, there are some fragrances that are just iconic as feminine. For me anyway. Women can get away with a lot more.

Why has it become important to place scent in an artistic framework incorporating art, painting and architecture?
I do think perfume is an art form. There are styles, aesthetics, techniques and "schools." But don't forget there is also the experience of perfume, which takes appreciation, critique, and ultimately a selection of masterworks. I also think perfumers are very inspired people who feed off of other art forms. A similar thing happens with architects. A lot of my close architect and designer friends are also big foodies. Ever met one of those? It’s kind of funny. I love food. I'll try anything!

What do you think about the trend in fashion and beauty to tell a story?
I don't personally think it's a trend. I think everything designed or created tells a story. I would agree that today there is more emphasis on the sharing of that creative process.

In your opinion, what's contributed most to the success of your line?
The support of a very stylish, good-looking and hip clientele.

Does that incude bloggers and online fans?
Very much! Fragrance enthusiasts (including myself) are very vocal and have a huge presence on blogs, forums, review sites. They are the true experts, and the passionate aficionados. And since perfume is such a personal, emotional, even visceral thing, everyone's point of view matters.

Finally, can you tell us what are you working on at the moment? What can we expect next from Arquiste?
A very cool, masculine take on a floral. A flower worn on a man's jacket lapel. I really wanted to push the envelope and make a quintessential floral scent as masculine as possible. And like you mentioned, a very exciting collaboration with Cire Trudon, a Franco-Mexican candle. How good does that sound?

Sep 13, 2012 20:53:00
Carine Roitfeld for MAC

Carine Roitfeld's MAC Line Finally Unveiled

MAC has been on a tear of late, collaborating with high-profile style gals ranging from Nicki Minaj to Daphne Guinness to Iris Apfel. The latest original to get the MAC wand-tap is Carine Roitfeld, who, in typical form, has been pretty coy about the whole thing.

But the details are now in. And as expected, the line centers not on color, but around the editor-stylist's signature look: moody, kohl-rimmed eyes. Little more than charcoal eye shadow, dark brow shades, barely-there foundation, and a nude lipstick complete the collection.

She also stars in the ad campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti, because who knows more about what makes a good picture than her? The timing, too, is perfection. CR, her new magazine and her first foray in publishing since departing French Vogue, will debut in September. 

Aug 29, 2012 18:55:00
Azealia Banks for MAC

Azealia Banks Goes Deep for MAC

Azealia Banks is on a style kick, first teaming up with Alexander Wang on a campaign video, now partnering with MAC on a lipstick named after her alter ego, Yung Rapunxel. The rogue rapstress could have copped out and gone with a pretty azalea pink, but homegirl isn't the flowery sort. Once describing her childhood in Harlem as "feral," Banks chose a deep purple-black with a thick matte finish.

$15 at MAC (from September 5) & the New York MAC store (September 6-20)

Aug 28, 2012 08:37:00

Andy Warhol Continues to Inspire, this Time a François Nars Beauty Collection

François Nars has teamed up with The Andy Warhol Foundation on a massive cosmetics collection inspired by the late artist and icon. While you won't find white hair paint, there's plenty to wig out over.

The first of two parts (exclusively in Sephora stores from October 1) takes its color cues from Pop Art. The key items include a palette for the cheeks and eyes inspired by a Blondie-era Debbie Harry, lip glosses with names like Chelsea Girls, Blue Movie, and Drella (Warhol's nickname), and three Flowers eye-shadow compacts—all in a soup-can container.

The second part (intended for department and specialty stores from November 1), will focus on the Silver Factory, with downtown-ready colors, film-inspired sets dedicated to Candy Darling and Edie Sedgwick, and black-and-white packaging printed with memorable Warhol quotes—and there were a lot.

With the addition of yet even more holiday items, you'll have plenty to paint yourself into a Warhol superstar.

Aug 24, 2012 14:54:00

Natalie Portman Goes Nude for Dior

For those who thought Natalie Portman was done with Dior, nope, she isn't. She only said, using carefully chosen words, she's done with John Galliano. We checked.

And so here she is in the buff, except for barely-there lipstick, in ads for Rouge Dior Nude Lipcolor. The Oscar-winning newlywed says she chose the non-color, officially called Grège #169, from among Dior's eight new shades because "it's the one I'd pick to wear myself."

Shot by Mario Sorrenti, it's the first time she's posed au naturel. Proceeds will benefit her chosen charity, Free the Children Association. 

Aug 22, 2012 13:03:00

Sponsored: Create the Smoky Eye Look with Revlon

Revlon's Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman recreates the smoky eye look seen on Olivia Wilde in this makeup tutorial using the NEW Revlon ColorStay Smoky Shadow Stick & NEW Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lengthening Mascara. Find more here and here, respectively.


Aug 21, 2012 11:05:00

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