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Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly 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: Olivia Chantecaille, creative director of Chantecaille Cosmetics
The Product: “With my mother being from Paris, perfume played a prominent role in our home and upbringing. When I turned 13, my mother encouraged me to find my first fragrance—one that would suit me and be an extension of myself. She brought me back a bottle of Diorissimo, by Christian Dior, from Paris, which is a lovely, delicate scent of lily of the valley and embodies the beauty of innocence and youth. It felt like an important beauty rite of passage as I was entering the world of cosmetics and embracing a ritual loved by my mother and my grandmother. They showed me how to lightly spritz it on the back of my neck, right under my hair, so it would never be overwhelming. That way, the fragrance transforms and becomes your own, never smelling the same on two different people. This fragrance helped to solidify my love of flowers and how to incorporate them into my beauty routine. When I felt like I had outgrown Diorissimo, I moved on to a fragrance my mother created while at Prescriptives, called Calyx, a very modern creation based in green florals that suited me as I left the nest for school and work and explored the world on my own. Soon after, when we launched Chantecaille Cosmetics, we introduced a collection of natural floral fragrances, and I immediately fell in love with Tiare, with notes of refined Tahitian gardenia—a symbol of love. As I look back, I can fondly say that the perfumes I have worn have helped define me and are reminiscent of the special times in my life. They are like an olfactory photo album.”
Following her breakthrough Fall ’13 season, Sasha Luss has quickly become one of the most in-demand fresh faces in the industry. The 21-year-old Russian model’s white-hot career got an additional boost at the Haute Couture shows last week, where she officially debuted a platinum dye job on the runways of Armani Privé (which she bookended), Dior (Simons chose her as the opener), Valentino, Atelier Versace, Giambattista Valli, Bouchra Jarrar, and Elie Saab. Luss was rocking her natural honey-hued tresses just weeks before, during the Resort presentations, turning up on the Chanel and Calvin Klein Collection catwalks. Rumor on the street is her icy-blonde makeover was for a Steven Meisel shoot. Considering her recent Numéro cover and a confirmed spot in the new Tommy Hilfiger ads, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this rising star go on to nab a Vogue Italia cover and additional campaigns.
It’s only been a year since Raf Simons took the reins at the house of Dior—which has amounted to two ready-to-wear shows, two Couture shows, one Resort presentation, and one Pre-Fall outing so far. Yet in that short amount of time, he and his trusted backstage team of Pat McGrath and Guido Palau have collaborated on a rather impressive beauty highlight reel. Neon lashes, chrome liquid liners, Swarovski crystal-studded lips, and sleek strands that defy the traditional conception of runway hair have helped make Simons’ shows a must-see part of the Paris calendar.
“What people don’t know is that when we do shows, we really have to find the right woman,” McGrath said, speaking to the new Dior archetype that can pull off the dazzling metallic mouths she created using a special theatrical glue and three different highly reflective pigments for Simon’s Fall Couture show, his third for the brand. “She’s steeped in Diorness, but also very futuristic,” Palau interjected of the character they had collectively helped build while describing the Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel-slicked, low-lying wrapped knots he shellacked straight back for the presentation. “[Raf] doesn’t want to re-create the couture era. He’s very forward thinking,” Palau continued. If this is what progress looks like, we’re all in.
“It’s a mouth in full bloom,” Pat McGrath told our man on the ground in Monaco this weekend backstage at Christian Dior’s Cruise show. “It’s more intensely pink,” the makeup artist said, referring to the bold fuchsia color she revived for Resort following Fall’s blurred-around-the-edges iteration of the same color. Looking for a “lightness of skin” and, more specifically, a “lightness of eye—lighter than the ready-to-wear [show]“—McGrath diffused a pearly white, shimmering pewter shadow from the inner corners of the eyes toward the temples, rather than return to the precise liquid chrome pen she preferred back in March. “Raf [Simons] said he wanted to ‘feel the girl’—really see her beauty,” she continued, keeping brows groomed and skin slightly sporty with highlights on the cheekbones.
In an effort to keep things from becoming too “over-referenced,” Guido Palau went with the “sophisticated simplicity” of a slicked-down, center-parted ponytail gathered low at the nape of the neck. “There was a future thought,” he admitted, explaining that Simons did mention the 1997 sci-fi flick Gattaca, but without the theatrical undertones. A damp, piece-y texture through the lengths ensured that strands registered as undeniably modern.