10 posts tagged "Aerin Lauder"
Like everything that Aerin Lauder does, her new fragrance wardrobe, comprising five bottles fitted with stone-like caps, blends her memories and storied traditions with modern design and timeless scents. Each eau is meant to transport the wearer on a journey, whether it be to the Hamptons via marine notes mixed with gardenia, the first flower Aerin fell head over heels for (Gardenia Rattan); a gala in the city, care of blackberry and cognac (Evening Rose); her country retreat, where a lilac bush blossoms every spring (Lilac Path); or a cozy night in front of the fireplace wrapped with creamy musk and a hint of benzoin (Amber Musk). My favorite, Ikat Jasmine, captures a more casual sensibility: The light honeysuckle, tuberose, jasmine sambac, and sandalwood wears like your go-to pair of jeans—crisp yet comforting. And, while most boxes bite the dust, you might be tempted to save these cartons that are infused with just as many personal touches as the flacons found inside them. The outer packaging of Ikat Jasmine is inspired by the blue and white floral wallpaper of her childhood bedroom (a color scheme beloved by her grandmother, Estée), and the large floral motif splashed across Amber Musk is a take on a French document found in famed textile company Lee Jofa’s archive. You might say each fragrance is like a time capsule, with the quintet serving as an olfactory album for the brand’s founder. At the same time, however, these scents steeped in heritage are decidedly unstuffy and indisputably fresh.
$110 each, www.aerin.com.
Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of the legendary Estée and founder of her own eponymous lifestyle brand (Aerin), has added author to her long list of titles. Her newly launched book, Beauty at Home, allows you to explore her Manhattan apartment, Madison Avenue office with a view, and Hamptons retreat. Aside from sneaking a peak at her closet and reading about her tea parties at the Plaza Hotel (she’s somewhat like a real, live Eloise), you get a better sense of her aesthetic and how she brings that to her line of cosmetics, candles, fragrances, furnishings, and accessories. Whether it’s the mix of modern with the contemporary, a love of bold prints and textures, or her willingness to experiment with color—you see all of these themes reflected in her workspace and homes. And since a lady never reveals all of her secrets, I had a few more questions about what was hiding in her drawers and how she keeps her bevy of beauty products stylishly contained:
Is your dressing table organized like your grandmother’s? [One drawer for lipsticks, another for eyeliners, etc.]
No, I wish I was that organized! I like to edit my products. I keep one of my shagreen trays full of beauty products and objects.
Are there specific products that you keep in all places—your apartment, office, and country home?
Do you keep any beauty products in your nightstand?
Is there a certain piece of decor that your grandmother referenced for a particular cosmetic or collection?
Estée’s favorite color combination was blue and white—she used it everywhere, from her home to her product packaging. This constantly influences me. The Ikat Jasmine Aerin fragrance box (shown above) is the perfect example.
You love keepsakes, but don’t feel the same way about clutter. How do you keep your bathroom/vanity neat when you’re consistently testing products?
I love using pretty decorative accessories, such as nesting bowls, to store products.
Does your theory on paint extend to cosmetics? ["If you don’t like a paint color, you can always change it. The important thing is to give it a try. If you don't, you'll never know."] Is there a shade you’d never wear?
I don’t see myself in a dark brown lipstick. Some people can pull it off really well, but it’s just not my color.
What was the best tip you learned from your grandmother regarding home decor?
Estée taught me to see gold as the perfect neutral; as a result, I use a lot of gold throughout my collections—it makes everything feel more luxurious.
What about her theories on beauty?
Estée always said, “Everything and everyone can be beautiful if you just take the time.”
Naturally, grandmother knows best.
Diana Vreeland wrote in a memo to a member of her Vogue staff: “By far and away the most important fragrance is the fragrance of a house as it is the ambiance of the owner.” I certainly concur with the legendary EIC and it seems that Laura Slatkin, the founder, CEO, and visionary behind Nest Fragrances, also agrees. She partnered with not just one but three notables from three very different worlds—fashion, beauty, and music—to create scented candles that embody each individual’s take on the festive season that is fast approaching.
For Ken Downing, SVP and fashion director at Neiman Marcus, this obviously entails opulence—the name of his new Nest candle launching exclusively at the department store in late October. Instead of your classic balsam fir fragrance done in shades of green and red, Downing incorporated exotic notes of black orchid, sandalwood, Malaysian patchouli leaf, and Mirabelle plum. The glass vessel is decorated in a magenta and gold pattern inspired by William Morris (a nineteenth-century artist and designer known for his prints).
To play off Aerin Lauder’s personal collection of Venetian glass, Slatkin created a hand-blown, brushed-gold vessel to hold the Fireside & Fir fragranced wax. Comprising Mediterranean cypress, fir balsam, black amber, and white birch, this eau smells smoky but soft. Even better, the sophisticated scent and packaging allow you to burn the fragrance far after the tree has been put on the curb or the menorah packed away.
And for Sir Elton John, one would expect his abode to be scented with nothing other than Fireside, a smoky vanilla and juniper berry blend that is reminiscent of an old English estate laden with leather-bound books, blazing hearths, and, of course, a grand piano. Even better, 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his candle are donated to his AIDS foundation.
There really is no place like home for the holidays—especially when it smells as divine as one of these distinctive creations.
Opulence by Ken Downing, $40, www.neimanmarcus.com; Aerin Fireside & Fir, $68, available in November at www.bergdorfgoodman.com; Sir Elton John’s Fireside, $38, www.neimanmarcus.com.
Aerin Lauder is a savvy businesswoman. Just look at the small empire she has managed to build out of her own eponymous line—in such a short amount of time, no less—following years of practice as a senior vice president and creative director at her family’s Estée Lauder companies. The Aerin brand now consists of shoes, jewelry, accessories, home goods, and, of course, beauty. For summer, Lauder is releasing her Seashell collection, which features a nude and pale pink palette that covers eyes, cheeks, lips, and, in an interesting turn of events, hair. As any veteran beachgoer knows, a little lotion or oil goes a long way toward nourishing a tan when applied after a day spent in the sand and surf. But it can also nourish your strands while you (safely) soak up some rays, according to Lauder, who devolped her new bronze-tinted Beach Cream to double as a deep-conditioning treatment. Activated by the sun’s heat, it can be applied post-ocean dip, and melts into parched locks to offset dryness—and even counteract frizz—while you listen to your iPod and read a gossip magazine. Although it’s typically overused, we’d say the term “beach-bag essential” works particularly well here.
Since announcing almost two years ago that she’d be branching out on her own with an eponymous lifestyle brand, Aerin Lauder has been busy. She has an extensive home collection to her name, in addition to a well-edited beauty range, and now a line of shoes that is on its way to retailers in the coming months. We were fast fans of Lauder’s initial cosmetics offering when it launched this Fall and included seasonal colors as well as an essentials range that highlighted simple multitaskers in a variety of complexion-flattering shades. Fresh, straightforward hues with luxe formulas and packaging have become something of a calling card for Estée’s granddaughter, an aesthetic that now continues with her Spring lineup. In addition to updated shades of her classic Bronze Illuminating Powder, Fresh Skin Compact Makeup, Multi Color for Lips and Cheeks, and Rose Lip Conditioner, Lauder is launching a limited-edition Garden Color collection inspired by flowers, which features two gorgeous eye and cheek palettes. Garden in Bloom showcases three eye shadows in Iris, a lavender-tinged champagne; Lily, a pale lilac; and Dahlia, a steely purple, as well as a single blush in Nectar, a dark rose. Garden at Dusk includes eye shadows in Peony, an icy pink; Hyacinth, a shimmering periwinkle; dusk, a dark grape; and a blush in Blossom, a pretty mauve. Both come housed in happy floral-printed zip compacts that should make your face light up long before you even apply their contents.
$70 each, available February 2013 at www.aerin.com.