Beautiful Lives: François Nars

Hungry Eyes
Nars remains hands-on, serving as artistic director and in-house photographer for his brand, and copywriter to boot. Those cheeky product names? He dreams them up. "I get inspired by millions of different things," he says of his creative process. "Movies are a very strong influence on me—all of the old Italian and French movies especially." Eighties cinema factors in as well: His cultishly collected blood orange nail lacquer, which will be reissued as part of a limited-edition vintage nail polish collection this June, takes its name from The Hunger, Tony Scott's Catherine Deneuve vampire flick.

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