4 posts tagged "Etat Libre d’Orange"
Rachel Comey is among a select group of designers whose name will always, even among the most discerning fashion followers, elicit immediate nods of approval. Comey first launched her eponymous, New York-based line in 2001 with menswear only, but after women took note of her meticulous tailoring, she decided to broaden her scope two years later. Nowadays, her singular aesthetic—which favors easy, vintage-inspired silhouettes in an array of eclectic prints—has earned her widespread devotion, while her shoes have acquired an almost cultlike following; just watch how quickly they fly off the shelves at a sample sale. Here, the longtime downtowner shares some of her local beauty essentials.
The Midday Pick-Me-Up: Catch a Fire at Melvin’s Juice Box
“A spicy juice in the middle of the day really gets me going.”
132 West Houston Street, www.misslilysnyc.com/melvins.
The Handsome Haircutter: Pasquale at Ion Studio
“Another way to spice it up is to have your hair cut by a handsome Italian man—even if he’s the husband of a friend!”
41 Wooster Street, www.ionstudionyc.com.
The Face Refiner: Isabelle Bellis
“My friend Leanne turned me on to this little nugget of a NYC experience. Isabelle Bellis will make you feel and look like you slept for a week in a bath of moisturizer. And the Joëlle Ciocco products she uses and sells are a pleasant way to turn in at night; the scent of the face cream soothes me to sleep.”
For more information, visit www.isabellebellis.com.
The Pro Tips: Neutral Territory
“For some reason nail polish makes me feel claustrophobic. I like a shocking color now and then but mostly stick with getting them buffed.”
The Signature Scent: The Afternoon of a Faun by Etat Libre d’Orange
“Justin Bond is an amazing performer that reminds you why you moved to this city in the first place. He offers a poignant, gritty, romantic, and hilarious point of view, and the scent he created [with Etat Libre d'Orange] helps to remind me of those things every time I pass a chain store opening up.”
The Life-Giving Lather: Invigorate from Como Shambhala
“This is a long story with a happy ending, about me accidentally going into labor at their hotel in the Caribbean, an evacuation by speedboat at midnight through the ocean, with a little healthy baby boy as a result. Despite all that, I couldn’t forget their amazing shower gel and had to order some.”
For more information, visit www.comoshambhala.com.
The Trusted Yogi: West Village Yoga’s Alex Auder
“If you haven’t had a yoga class with Alex, you haven’t lived.”
311 West 11th Street, www.westvillageyoga.com.
The Chinese Massage: Spring Wellness
“Lucy delivers a serious elbow to the mid-back and always mentions how tight my shoulders are. She’s superstrong, though.”
215 Mulberry Street, NYC, (212) 219-2189.
With the onset of fall comes an influx of fragrances designed to woo you into sweater-wearing with a wealth of warm and cozy aromas (think: vanilla, musk, leather, woods, cinnamon, et al.). But the latest crop of scents from some of the perfumery industry’s niche stars might surprise you in their compositions. Predictably spring florals are given heady updates with new technologies and forward-thinking scent structures, while olfactory inspirations range from literature to the Ballets Russes; you gotta love the independent spirit. Here, we’ve picked our five favorites to get you through the season.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Seville a l’Aube
While the French brand’s eaux are frequently inspired by travel, L’Artisan’s master perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour was taken with the book The Perfume Lover, a tale of romance and fragrance by Denyse Beaulieu, this time around. Set during holy week in Seville, Andalusia, it depicts incense burners imbuing the southern Spanish city with a spicy aroma that mingles with the sweetness of orange flower tree-lined streets. Duchaufour’s spritzable version, which includes top notes of tangy green sap and rare infusions of Luiseiri lavender that are reminiscent of more classic eau de cologne, is mixed with an intoxicating jasmine accord and beeswax for an incredibly rich, fresh-tinged finish.
Ineke Ruhland Hothouse Flower: Gardenia
After training at Quest International, a fragrance house that was ultimately acquired by Givaudan, the Canadian Dutch-born Ruhland set up her own perfume studio in San Francisco in 2006, where she launched an alphabetical-themed lineup of botanical-based scents. She’s now up to H, for which she has released Hothouse Flower: Gardenia. “It’s really hard to get a good gardenia,” says Ruhland, pointing out that absolutes of the white flower are often blends of tuberose with green notes, which she’s done here to perfection. “Mine is super green,” she professes of the galbanum, cypress, fig, and frankincense-spiked scent.
It’s been a busy month here on the blog. With a whole new crop of A-listers signing beauty contracts, pop stars dyeing and straightening their hair, and one very prominent face painter dabbling in fashion to write about, we barely had time to do our own makeup. In case you missed them, we’ve compiled a top ten list of June’s most important posts. Read up.
“I know nothing about fragrance,” Tilda Swinton claimed, perched on a balcony overlooking Henri Bendel’s bustling ground floor. Ironic, then, that the I Am Love actress was in town last night to celebrate the launch of Like This, her new eau for Etat Libre d’Orange. “I don’t care about fragrance,” Swinton continued, mentioning that she has been faithful to Penhaligon’s Bluebell—and it alone—for 20 years. But when Etat Libre d’Orange owner Etienne de Swardt approached her about a collaborative scent, Swinton was willing to overlook a self-described ignorance of perfumery to accept the unique opportunity at hand, that being to translate fantasy into reality. Swinton’s fantasy? Home.
“I wanted to create a scent that I could travel with, that would make me feel at home no matter where I was,” she said of the “practical” eau she designed with the quirky French brand’s nose, Mathilde Bijaoui. As a jumping-off point to the creative process, Bijaoui asked Swinton to think of her favorite smells, which for Swinton meant a connection to a state of mind, places and people. They included ginger (“I love the way it tastes, and I am a ginger,” the natural redhead and current platinum blonde joked of the spicy top note), an autumnal association to pumpkin essences (she’s a November baby) and a vetiver dry-down (her grandfather had a greenhouse). The most interesting facet of the fragrance, in our opinion, is the baby carrot note, which Swinton selected in homage to the tasty veggies that she grows in her own garden. The effect is very grounding. “The first thing I do when I get home is get my hands into the soil,” Swinton says. “Now, when I’m in a hotel room in New York, I can put this perfume on and feel very earthed.” Fragrance ignorance? We don’t buy it.