9 posts tagged "Anthropologie"
Since beefing up its beauty offerings two years ago with a designated apothecary to house hard-to-come-by niche fragrances, a choice selection of makeup from brands like Julie Hewett and Lipstick Queen, and skincare from green-leaning greats like Tata Harper—not to mention a lion’s share of exclusive collaborations—Anthropologie has quickly become a go-to for beauty seekers looking for the road less traveled. This month, the brand breaks new ground with its first in-house lipstick line. Albeit, which is inspired by the glamour of eras gone by with a screen siren-appropriate gold bullet to match, features six different creamy shades of pout-perfecting, argan oil-infused pigment: Bisque is a soft, honeyed beige; Claret is a rose berry; Mauvette is a phenomenal nude; Peony is a medium, retro pink; Vermilion is the collection’s take on classic crimson with undertones of blue-violet; and Mulberry, our reigning fave, is a sheer blackberry stain. A transparent take on Fall’s favorite deep, dark bordeaux mouth, it’s an easy-wearing way to be on trend and still enjoy the finer things in life—you know, like eating, drinking, and indulging in conversation without the fear of your lipstick making moves.
Available late August 2012, www.anthropologie.com.
Since launching its apothecary last year, Anthropologie has quickly established itself as a destination for niche fragrance collaborations. First came a line of scents with Nolita-based perfumery Le Labo, followed by a partnership with perfumer Ineke Rühland this summer, which yielded the gorgeous Floral Curiosities parfum collection. For its latest team effort, the retailer is hooking up with Lurk, an offshoot of February Moths (a New York-based design firm), for a scented body care line that, in true Anthropologie form, is as much of a marvel to look at as it is to slather on. Called Grown Under Glass, the collection of illustrated bottles features a Multi-Purpose Balm, Replenishing Balm, Nourish Bubble Bath, Transform Body Lotion, and Essential Body Wash in three fragrances: Ver, which boasts wafts of lavender and grass; Ros, a soft floral with undertones of sparkling woods; and Gra, a citrus infused jasmine aroma. Our favorite piece of the 16-piece range is the unscented Illuminate Antioxidant Treatment Stick, which is a light-reflecting highlighter with macadamia oil to brighten and shea and palm butter to quench parched complexions. Each skin saver is free of sulfates, parabens, phthlalates, and all of those other “nasties,” making it that much easier to apply them liberally.
Since focusing its detail-oriented energy on beauty last fall with an in-store apothecary, Anthropologie has established itself as more than just a destination for gorgeous sheet sets, garden party-appropriate dresses, and antique-inspired dressers. It’s also become a source for well-edited grooming products with a particular flair for scent. After a collaboration with bespoke fragrance favorite Le Labo, a selection of niche and novel flacons followed, pairing up-and-comers like Brooklyn’s D.S. & Durga with iconic brands like Annick Goutal. For its latest trick, the retail chain has debuted Floral Curiosities, a new partnership with perfumer Ineke Rühland. The underlying idea of the four-piece collection is to bottle the essence of rare botanicals. Angel’s Trumpet’s peach-colored blooms have been blended with refreshing notes of honeydew, Seville orange, cinnamon leaf, and allspice. Briar Rose, the thorny bush turned powdery scent, has been combined with black raspberry, bitter almond, and cacao absolute essences. Poet’s Jasmine’s white-petaled clusters inspired a herbal citrus eau, with hints of star anise, rosemary, and absinthe. And the orange flowers of Scarlet Larkspur have been reimagined as a floral oriental fragrance with notes of claret wine, nutmeg, saffron, and amyris wood. As to be expected, each is packaged in a bottle that happens to look fabulous perched atop of a shabby-chic vanity.
Fragrance in solid form dates back to ancient Egypt, but it was during the Elizabethan era that well-to-do ladies began to use pomanders. Large versions of the scented perfume balls encased in perforated silver were hung from the ceiling as a home fragrance, while smaller ones were worn as necklaces. Queen Elizabeth I reportedly preferred a damask rose and ambergris blend. Fast forward a few centuries and cult fragrance brand Joya has teamed up with design collective Vane to create a trio of meticulously-crafted, vintage-inspired solid perfume accessories available at Anthropologie. The timepiece is a pocket-watch-style pendant packed with Royal Jasmine perfume, a blend of Spanish jasmine, tuberose, tonka bean, and sandalwood; the ornate oversize safety pin boasts a pan of Moro Blood Orange, a mix of blood orange, tangerine, tiare flower, and musk; and the super-feminine, heart-shaped brooch features Starleaf, a fusion of orange blossom, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, jasmine, and sweet musk. QE1 would approve.
If you’re looking for a fun fall weekend getaway not that far from New York City, please allow us to direct your attention to Terrain at Styer’s, the gardening and lifestyle concept store from the good people who brought us Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. The green-thumbed among you may have heard tales of the Brandywine Valley flagship’s impeccably restored nineteenth-century greenhouse, which has been reimagined as an eco-friendly mecca with wood-paneled walls and cascading ferns. If your relationship to plants is less romantic—you buy them, forget to water them, and then watch them die a sad, neglected death—there’s plenty for you, too. Vintage garden furniture, rustic lighting fixtures, and an impressive range of all-natural skincare lines, all of which are paraben- and cruelty-free, are yours for the buying. “We look for partnerships with companies that have a similar brand ethos: inspired by nature and the beauty of gardening,” explains Allison O’Connor, Terrain’s general merchandising manager. Choose from cult hits from Farmaesthetics and Amala, as well as goat milk soaps from Hudson Valley-favorite Beekman 1802, and scrubs and lotions from Etsy mainstay Portland General Store. Before you leave, make sure to stop and smell the Wild Rose Lip Balm from Apples and Pears Apiaries. Handmade from yellow beeswax and honey in the English countryside by beekeeper Tanya Hawkes, the emollient salve is well worth the two-hour drive south.
Terrain at Styer’s, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA, (610) 459-2400.