13 posts tagged "Chanel No. 5"
Donald Robertson (aka @donalddrawberston on Instagram) knows a thing or two about fashion and beauty—he was one of the original founders of MAC Cosmetics; has held the title of creative director at glossies like Glamour, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan; and is currently the head of creative development at Bobbi Brown—so it comes as no surprise that this world often serves as his inspiration outside of the office. What I love most about Robertson’s artwork, ranging from sketches to cardboard sculptures, which he shares via social media (and I think his 9,000 followers and counting would agree) is that he often pokes fun and makes light of what many consider to be a very serious business. For example: He emblazoned a pizza box with the Hermès crest, as well as crafted a Fendi buggie bag and re-created Kim’s recent Christmas gift from Kanye out of Whole Foods paper sacks. Robertson is similar to Andy Warhol in that he takes something iconic and turns it on its head. Case in point: Chanel’s Classic No. 5 Parfum. Its black-and-white box is instantly recognizable and a symbol of luxury around the globe. Robertson, in one of his latest posts, defaced it with splotches of color—reminiscent of the painterly eyes on view at the storied house’s Spring 2014 show. His fans have already given this “piece” rave reviews. Perhaps Karl should get in touch and talk collaboration.
Beauty Nostalgia is a column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Mindy Yang, vice president and curator for MiN New York Haute Perfumery
The Product: “My journey into the world of scents began at a very young age. I fell down the rabbit hole, so to speak, when I was a little girl of about 4 or 5 years old. Growing up in Taipei, I remember that my mother would display all of her favorite perfumes on her massive vanity. I was forbidden to play with any of her beauty products, but, of course, the second she was away, I did just that. Chanel No. 5 has always been—and still is—my mother’s signature scent. I still remember the moment I sprayed it for the first time. It was so different from any flowers I’d smelled before, and I wondered how a fragrance could actually smell like powder [on my skin]. I was deep in thought, with my nose buried in the scent, when I heard the sound of her heels approaching the room. I knew it was time to run, but I immediately tripped—and broke my arm! These days, I’m surrounded by an extensive collection of very niche and extremely interesting perfumes. I don’t really wear Chanel No. 5 anymore—as the curator, I never stick to just one fragrance—but I still have a fondness for that powdery aldehyde.”
Marilyn Monroe on a Scent That Never Loses Its Sex Appeal; When It Comes to Miley, We Called It; Double Your Fragrance Fun With the Olsen’s Latest Launch; and More
Chanel released its new ad for No. 5 (dropping November 11) and the recording the house dug up in Marilyn Monroe’s archives. Makes us want to swap out our oversize sleep shirts for the far sexier fragrance.
Not to brag or anything, but we figured out Miley Cyrus’ Lil’ Kim Halloween costume long before she debuted it on Instagram. Perhaps we should have gone as Long Island medium Theresa Caputo last night…
Two is often better than one—especially when an Olsen is involved. Mary-Kate and Ashley’s latest endeavor: two Elizabeth and James fragrances dubbed Nirvana Black and White launching in January at Sephora.
Those monthly beauty-box subscriptions filled with sample-size products often leave much to be desired, but the latest Glossybox by Net-a-Porter (available November 4) is seriously impressive. A full-size, bullet-shaped Ellis Faas Mascara, RGB Cuticle Oil, and Kevyn Aucoin eye shadow duo are included, along with trial tubes and cans from luxe brands like Natura Bissé, Klorane, and Philip B.
Makeup artist extraordinaire François Nars is releasing a book published by Rizzoli—Faery Lands: Tahiti—filled with sepia-toned imagery from his island (yes, all his), Motu Tané, off the coast of Bora Bora. It hits the shelves of NARS boutiques and bookstores mid-November.
When they talk about the Axe effect, we don’t think the brand had asphyxiation by body spray in mind. After being spritzed in a sixth-grade Brooklyn classroom, eight children were sent to the hospital. Unlike the commercials, no bodacious models in bikinis appeared. We can only imagine the disappointment of those 12-year-old boys. [Time]
Legendary Faces Take On New Roles At Storied Beauty Brands (And Glossies); Oreos Aren’t As Innocent As They Seem; And More
She famously declared that it’s the only thing she wore to bed, and now Marilyn Monroe has been posthumously named the newest face of Chanel No. 5. Upon discovering an unreleased recording of the icon’s testament to her favorite fragrance in the Monroe archives, the fashion house knew it had enough material to create a campaign—minus an in-the-flesh spokeswoman. The print and television ads are set to roll out in November.
Katy Perry illustrates that California girls are undeniable (along with easy, breezy, and beautiful) as she announced via Twitter that she’s CoverGirl’s newest star…or should we say, firework?
A different kind of cover girl is getting a corner office—Kate Moss was named as contributing fashion editor at British Vogue. We can’t wait to see her work wardrobe. [Vogue.co.uk]
Now you actually have an excuse for polishing off an entire row of Oreos—they’re as addictive as cocaine. According to researchers at Connecticut College in New London, rats were found to exhibit similar qualities around the cookie as they do when presented with nose candy. Another critical observation that came out of this study: Rodents also eat the cream filling first. [DailyMail.co.uk]