10 posts tagged "Colette"
Before you even notice the title of Kylie Minogue’s new album (released on Tuesday), you notice her luscious red lips. And yesterday, at Colette in Paris, those lips were cause for quite the commotion when the Australian music artist made a special appearance to launch a lipstick she helped create for the sleek, Berlin-based beauty brand Uslu Airlines. Called “Kiss Me Once,” which also happens to be the name of her album, the deep red bullet came about last minute, according to co-creator Feride Uslu. “Kylie approached us, and I was really flattered because we’re niche,” admitted Uslu, who explained that they only met earlier this year. “All of our suppliers did us big favors, and it happened so fast because she is very loved out there.” It’s certainly a clever cross-promotion—one that simultaneously extends Minogue’s pucker-up message beyond the album and gives Uslu Airlines a pop boost. While the lipstick is the same formulation as the brand’s existing range, settling on the exact shade was not without some back-and-forth. (Uslu overnight-couriered a sample to Australia at one point.) Describing their first rendezvous as a “girly, casual, candy store meeting,” Uslu then presented Minogue with two red tones, and ultimately they opted for a blend of the two. “It’s not too blue, not too pink, not too orange.” Via an e-mail with Style.com, Minogue deemed it the “perfect Kiss Me Once red.”
Browse through images of the sexy star and you won’t find many that suggest a fondness for red lips—something she freely admits. “I have to be in the right mood. And finding that exact shade of red can be tricky.” Of course, now she has one that is uniquely hers. And in the Uslu Airlines tradition, the shorthand name, KMO, also matches an airport code; here’s betting the remote Alaskan city of Manokotak (population: 442) has never before been referenced in the fashion world. The limited-edition rouge à lèvres won’t be around for very long. Colette had already sold out of its supply (which retails for €28) by afternoon. It is still available online via Uslu Airlines and can be purchased as of next Thursday on Minogue’s site. Uslu also assured that the color, if popular enough, will not disappear and may be rolled into the main line. But the Kylie caché was undoubtedly what drew the fans to Colette. Jérémy Jollet-Rodenas and Eddie Milano were near the front of the line that snaked around the sidewalk prior to Minogue’s arrival. Both showed up before sunrise to receive their priority access tickets to the signing. Jollet-Rodenas insisted he will wear the lipstick. Milano prepared to hand Minogue a red rose. In the end, there was no French kissing—perhaps a bit too steamy, even for Paris—although the star did plant her lips on a number of Uslu Airlines promotional postcards and left a sweet “bisous” on the cheek of a young boy (his parents may never wash his face again). Uslu, meanwhile, revealed that she kept a napkin bearing Minogue’s lip print from their trials, offering it as a keepsake to business partner Jan Mihm. She couldn’t resist. “Kylie just has the most beautiful lips.”
If you can’t make it to the pop-up exhibition of Them/Her in the Meatpacking during New York fashion week (running September 5-12), where one can explore the sexual subconscious through all five senses, then consider the take-home experience found in the multisensory book Zero Zero Vol 02 Them/Her, created by photographer Miles Aldridge, the artistic director of Diesel and BFF to Gaga, Nicola Formichetti, and conceptual artist Kaimin. In addition to the coffee-table-size publication containing pages of erotic photographs is a soundtrack, video, and a slightly tamer fragrance, Blood by Kaimin, that, unlike the rest of the package, could be deemed safe for work. This unique blend of cedar, rose, leather, patchouli, cocoa, and cinnamon notes—formulated by perfumer Darryl Ko, Joseph Quartana (the mastermind behind a collection of artisanal fragrances called Six Scents), and the artist after which the eau is named—is meant to enhance the natural smell of skin. Designed to be worn by both men and women, the purple-red juice, housed in a test-tube-like vile, leaves behind a “bloodstain” that quickly disappears once applied. If you’re going to miss the blood ritual performed at the opening reception on September 6—a choreographed dance that involves Kaimin, male models, red paint, and projectors—then consider this potent and provocative perfume the next best thing.
Available at the pop-up gallery, 402 W. 13th St., NYC (open noon to midnight), and Colette in Paris later in the month.
H&M descended upon Paris in a big way this week. Staging its first-ever runway show here, with a production value, model casting, and after-party that fashion dreams are made of, the Swedish retail giant made it more than clear that it came to play among the City of Light’s heaviest hitters. And it’s not done yet. This spring, H&M will set up the first Paris location of & Other Stories, its upscale brand that will open its premier London outpost next week, as well as five other stores in Europe this year alone. The space will be on Rue Saint-Honoré, a stone’s throw from Colette, where the brand is currently previewing its beauty range through the end of March. Covering body care, facial care, and makeup, the line is incredibly extensive, albeit impressively curated and surprisingly affordable (lipsticks run around $12, while Body Soufflés ring in at about $16). Lip glosses, illuminators, eye pencils, requisite BB creams and nail polishes, body scrubs, and hand lotions are among the seemingly endless array of products on offer, of which I’ve procured a pretty decent sampling that will have to last me at least until word arrives of a New York flagship. In the meantime, please enjoy this haul report, below.
Face Contour Cream: I got pretty into face sculpting after first discovering Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate palette last year. I really honed my contouring craft, though, when it became the preferred look backstage at the Spring shows. Siding with cream over powder, I gravitated toward this clear compact that comes in a single universal shade. A little goes a long way, but it builds really well, so you can go for a little sunken-cheek effect, or a lot.
Eye Colour in Birrus Rust: This one was a no-brainer, as I have been obsessed with ruddy shadows since the Fall shows got under way earlier this month. It’s a bit more pearlized than I typically like, but the color is gorgeous and gives lids a natural rosy stain.
Lip Colour in Cordovan Wine: Since I accidentally left my preferred bordeaux bullet of MAC Lipstick in Media in New York, this was a necessity purchase more than anything else, as it is a near-identical color match. Luckily, dark pouts aren’t going anywhere, if the past few weeks are any indication, so I’m happy to add it to my arsenal. The pigment applies incredibly well and has a lustrous finish that can be matted down with powder, if you prefer that kind of thing (and I do).
Colette, the three-floor emporium on Paris’s historic Rue Saint-Honoré, has, since opening in 1997, become the ultimate local purveyor of cool. And that’s thanks in great part to the careful guidance of its visionary owner Sarah Andelman, who opened the store with her mom, its namesake. What Colette has mastered is offering customers a mix so eclectic it somehow works: Luxe frocks by the likes of Valentino and Givenchy share space with limited-edition T-shirts—and for an exclusive engagement this week, organic indie skincare lines out of Brooklyn. Colette has always been ahead of the curve in the collaboration department, too, hooking up with everyone from haute houses like Burberry and Hermès to Reebok and graffiti artist Kaws. Since style seekers worldwide have come to rely on Andelman’s discerning eye when in Paris, we asked her to reveal a few of her personal favorite destinations for facials, manicures, workouts—and sushi—as the fashion tribe touches down in the City of Light.
The Super Stylist: David Mallett
“The salon looks like an apartment but with beautiful animals looking at you while you get your hair cut. And his own shampoo and hair serum are fabulous; they really help to make hair soft and shiny.”
14 Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 01-40-20-00-23, www.david-mallett.com.
The Skin Savior: Joelle Ciocco
“I am such a fan of her facials and her products. She is very, very talented and no one knows how to treat your skin better. Unfortunately, I don’t find the time to go there, but I love to use her products at home.”
8 Place de la Madeleine, 01-42-60-58-80, www.joelle-ciocco.com.
The Signature Scent: Byredo
“I love the brand and the one that I always wear is the Mister Marvelous fragrance.”
Available at www.byredo.com.
After collaborating with grooming line Baxter of California on a scented candle in May, Colette has another bright idea up its sleeve. Later this month, the store will launch an exclusive candle created in conjunction with well-known beauty, er, luminary Alexa Rodulfo, who parlayed her status as the preferred coiffeur and makeup artist to an international coterie of socialites into a passion for fragrant wax. Rodulfo’s latest olfactory creation “perfectly harmonizes the classic and the modern,” she says, combining warm notes of cedarwood, musk, and amber with hints of pepper, cardamom, and angelica root. Making the aptly named Bois de Colette even more enticing is that it will retail for a mere $35—half of what Rodulfo’s full range of items goes for—as customers will have the chance to purchase the product sans its signature decorative box and frilly pewter lid. There can only be so much Upper East Side at 213 rue Saint-Honoré.