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July 26 2014

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Tom Pecheux: Local Boy Makes Good

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We got a preview of what Estée Lauder could do under the artistic influence of Tom Pecheux backstage at Derek Lam‘s Fall show in February, when the iconic beauty brand and its newly named creative makeup director teamed up to sponsor their first runway presentation together. Last night, the products Pecheux used at Capitale’s grand ballroom finally made their official debut. To properly celebrate the launch of Pure Color by Tom Pecheux—the first time Estée Lauder has officially allied itself with another name—the family Lauder and global brand president Jane Hertzmark Hudis fêted the French face painter in Paris, alongside an international coterie of editors and friends of Pecheux’s like Odile Gilbert and Carine Roitfeld.

“We’re known for our skincare,” Aerin Lauder said over cocktails at Espace Pierre Premier before the party moved to Caviar Kaspia. “But everyone wants something a little unexpected.” There’s no better word for Pecheux’s fall Blue Dahlia collection, which launches globally in July. Two different color ranges introduce edgy shades of violet and blue to the company’s portfolio. Personally, we’ve got our eyes on a pair of phenomenal new nail lacquers in pale lavender and deep navy. But for his part, Pecheux is most excited about his limited-edition Pure Color Night collection, which hit counters in Paris this week (Selfridges on Oxford Street and Bergdorf Goodman will be receiving very small quantities of the line beginning mid-June).

“When I met with Leonard Lauder last fall, he said, ‘The first thing I want you to do is you.’ ” So Pecheux set to work designing his Parisian essentials: a face illuminator, a nude-rose gloss, and a smoky eye shadow trio called Naughty Black. It’s a tribute to French women at night: “very sensual, very cool, and very sexual,” he explained. We asked Pecheux if he had any personal goals for his involvement with the company and he was quick to respond: “I want younger girls to be able to say, ‘My mother loves Estée Lauder, my grandmother loves Estée Lauder, and I love it, too.’ It’s been a little slow motion; now, we need to have a bit of fun.”

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