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6 posts tagged "Chandler Burr"

Eat, Smell, and Love With Illuminum

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“The sense of smell accounts for 95 percent of what you perceive you taste when eating. You taste only 5 percent of your food—the rest comes from the nose,” asserted The New York Times perfume critic and author, Chandler Burr, who alongside Illuminum Fine Fragrances, hosted a lavish “scent dinner” at the brand’s Dover Street boutique in London last night. If you’re wondering what a scent dinner is, it’s basically a master class in perfume, with an olfactory “invisible dinner,” where under the guidance of Burr, I sniffed samplers and tried to deduce the origin of the scent. Combine that with haute dining where scents are translated into a tasting menu by chef Harry Hensman, and the whole event is part pub quiz, part sensory adventure.

Illuminum, a brand that flies under the radar, was a natural choice for Burr, who is also a curator of olfactory art at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. “The owners have a very conscious interest in their collection as works of art, and that is critical to me, because I really believe that perfume is an unidentified but bona fide art,” said Burr, whose passion about scent makes him nearly a perfume activist. And he’s not the only high-profile fan: The Duchess of Cambridge (i.e., Kate Middleton) chose Illuminum’s White Gardenia Petals to wear on her wedding day, and by doing so, quietly sent international sales of the perfume through the roof. With its use of premium and rare ingredients, along with a unique seasonal approach to scent, this label’s days of being “little known” are numbered. After all, as Burr explained, “Smell is the most primitive of senses—it speaks to our reptilian brain. When you smell something, your brain gets the same reaction as if you put a syringe full of drugs into a vein; it’s an immediate and powerful hit. Let me tell you, fragrance is mighty potent stuff.”

Tonight, Chandler Burr at The Illuminum Fragrance Lounge to discuss ‘Scent as an Art Medium,’ 41-42 Dover St, Mayfair London, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, £15 per person. Going forward, the brand hopes to continue the food-and-fragrance pairing events in the U.S.

Photos: Illuminum

OpenSky Bets On Beauty

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When OpenSky launched last year, its mission statement was simple: provide a new kind of online shopping experience that is curated by consumers and based around the weekly-updated picks of experts in the arenas of food, style, healthy living, kids, and home. So, rather then spend hours clicking through the Web pages of Williams-Sonoma for a good food processor, you could just take Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s word for it. Need to navigate your way around Ikat scarves? Model Veronica Webb has you covered. Until this month, however, the site’s 1.5 million members have gone without beauty experts to steer them in the right direction as far as the latest in organic skincare, haircare, and fragrances are concerned. But that will all change tomorrow, when OpenSky’s handpicked batch of beauty ambassadors take to the Web via video and informative vignettes to enlighten you in the way of proper primping.

“Everyone’s always making lists [of products] around me, then forgetting the lists, then asking me again,” jokes celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff, who points out that her new role offers a venue to help inform interested parties of the best cosmetics of the season—and show them how to apply them as well (her first round of weekly picks will include By Terry Rouge Terrybly Lipstick as well as the brand’s Touch-Expert Advanced Concealer). New York-based dermatologist Dr. Neil Schultz couldn’t agree more. The good doctor of DermTV fame is using his weekly platform to educate consumers about two extremely important antiaging tips: sunscreen and exfoliation. Other pros whose picks will be available for the perusing in addition to the site’s own recommendations include renowned perfume writer and former New York Times fragrance critic Chandler Burr—who will reveal a secret scent once a month after dropping periodic hints about its composition—backstage regular Orlando Pita, whose initial round of favorites includes the classic Mason Pearson brush as well as Leonor Greyl’s Styling Spray, and Serge Normant, who won’t only be hawking his favorite styling aids on OpenSky but debuting a few of his own as well. This week will see the exclusive launch of Normant’s new Avah Eau de Parfum hair fragrance, the first time you will see it online or in-store anywhere. If that’s not a reason to join up, we don’t know what is.

Mendes For Mugler, Liv Talks Skincare, And More…

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Naomi Watts, out; Eva Mendes, in. The sultry The Other Guys star is named the new face of Angel by Thierry Mugler. [WWD]

According to new reports, it looks like Kate Middleton’s wedding hair will be fashioned into an updo by her trusted stylist Richard Ward, before it’s topped off with a tiara. But Ward’s peers in the styling community aren’t convinced. “She would look better with it down,” Kate Moss’ go-to stylist James Brown has asserted. (It’s safe to say that the future Mrs. Jamie Hince will be long and lovely when she ties the knot this summer.) [Telegraph]

Liv Tyler’s news ad for L’Intense, the latest iteration of Givenchy’s Very Irrésistible, are out and in a refreshing change of pace, the visuals for the earthy, sensual eau feature Tyler with not a stitch of makeup on her perfect porcelain complexion. “I’ve learned all my skincare tips from my mother, grandmother, and father,” Tyler says. She also credits masks, Tracie Martyn facials, and the Clarisonic skin brush for her ability to successfully go sans maquillage. [T]

More news on the upcoming, Chandler Burr-helmed fragrance exhibit that bows at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design in November. The Art of Scent: 1889-2011 will feature only sound and scent, dispersed by diffusion machines. BYO Bottles. [NYT]

Photo: George Pimentel / Getty Images

Rhoda, Jablonski, Wen…Smalls?; Madonna Feels The Burn From Mexico City To Moscow; And More…

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Puerto Rican-born model Joan Smalls has been added to the Estée Lauder spokesperson roster; she’ll make her print ad debut in May. The first Puerto Rican model the brand has ever inked a deal with, Smalls is looking forward to “empowering women.” [WWD]

The Museum of Arts and Design announced that it’s adding a new department: The Center of Olfactory Art will be headed up by former New York Times perfume critic Chandler Burr. Its first exhibition is scheduled for next November and will feature ten fragrances that have been pivotal in their design, technical components, or aesthetics. Yes, all you naysayers, fragrance composition is an art form. [WSJ]

Look out, Zone and South Beach. The new owners of the Atkin’s Diet company are looking to rebrand—and they’ve even got themselves a celebrity spokesperson in one Courtney Thorne-Smith of Melrose Place fame. So glad to see Allison Parker back in the spotlight post that ill-advised turn on According to Jim. [Guardian]

First Mexico City, now Moscow. Madonna has decided on a second location for her chain of Hard Candy gyms. [Madonna.com]

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Julianne Moore Thinks Plastic Surgery “Just Looks Weird”; Uma Thurman Has A Makeup Malfunction; And More…

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Get this: Julianne Moore turns 50 this year! The actress doesn’t look a day over 40, thanks in large part to staying out of the sun, Oil of Olay with SPF 15, and a vegetable-based red hair dye—but not plastic surgery. “I hate to condemn people for doing it, but I don’t believe it makes people look better,” she says in the November issue of Allure. “I think it just makes them look like they had something done to their face, and I don’t think we instinctively find that appealing…It just looks weird.” [StyleList]

Wardrobe malfunction, meet makeup malfunction. Uma Thurman made a rare beauty misstep at the Feminist Press at the City University of New York’s 40th Annual Gala last night when she hastily applied her blotting powder. Blend, Uma. Blend. [NYDN]

Forget the Vampire Face-lift: It’s all about blood cleansing, i.e., draining blood from your body, treating it under ultraviolet light, then pumping it back in for increased energy and vitality. Sounds…expensive. [Daily Mail]

If you missed out on snagging one of the nine bottles of Guerlain’s L’Abeille de Guerlain when the rare fragrance arrived in New York last month, one more of the French brand’s spendy parfum has just landed at Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong. The transcontinental airfare you’ll need to get your hands on it is nothing compared to the handmade, individually numbered Baccarat crystal flacon’s $19,232 asking price. [WSJ]

Speaking of exceptional fragrances, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design will open The Art of Scent: 1889-2011 next fall. The new exhibit will present examples of more than a dozen perfumes that have defined the aroma industry, all curated by your favorite perfume critic and mine, Chandler Burr. Mark your calendars. [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of Bulgari