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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.”
After the successful launch of a freestanding store in Moscow last November, Kilian Hennessy has set his sights on New York City. The first By Kilian fragrance boutique in the U.S. debuts tonight at 804 Washington Street, a chic block nestled in the cobblestone landscape of the Meatpacking District. The black-and-white decor combines the sleek, sophisticated By Kilian aesthetic with the cool, industrial vibe of the neighborhood. Think custom-made furniture, Japanese lighting, and silk carpet, plus exposed brick painted in white lacquer. Customers will get to explore the brand’s complete collection of fragrances, including Apple Brandy, a sweet and woody scent that will only be sold at the NYC location. In between final preparations for the store opening, we got Hennessy to talk shop.
What made you want to open a boutique in New York City—and why now?
Who doesn’t dream of opening a store in New York City? We have actually been searching for the right location for a year!
Why did you choose the Meatpacking District?
We knew right from the start that we wanted to be downtown. When the space next to Louboutin Men’s and in front of Nicholas Kirkwood became available, we jumped on it. The square footage was perfect, and it will be amazing when the Whitney Museum opens in 2015.
What are some of the design elements that you wanted to include in the space?
I absolutely wanted the feeling of a downtown store, which is why we kept the exposed brick on the walls. To offset this, however, we lacquered the brick in white, added black marble flooring, and dropped in a black lacquered ceiling. I also really wanted to give our clients the feeling of entering into my private world. That’s why the [boutique] has been designed to mirror my apartment. For me, it is of utmost importance that anyone who enters the store feels at home. [A customer] can stay as long as she wants to discover our bespoke service offering, or to [experience] our collections of perfumes and evening bags.
Why did you decide to create an exclusive New York-inspired scent for the boutique, and how does it epitomize NYC?
I didn’t want my New York store to be a copy/paste of my Moscow store. Of course, the key visual identity elements will always stay, but I really want to keep the flavor of the city and its culture. I always want to preserve a sense of uniqueness. This comes through some design elements and through exclusive products. No other store in the world will carry [Apple Brandy]. This scent is very personal. It’s an accord of apple liqueur melting with woods. Of course, there is a wink to the Big Apple, but I would have never done it if the two didn’t blend so well together.
As a member of the family that developed one of the world’s most beloved cognacs, we trust that you know a thing or two about brandy. Looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
804 Washington St., New York, NY, (212) 600-1298; www.bykilian.com.
Hungarian model Vanessa Axente may only be 18-years-old, but her list of accomplishments is already impressive: She’s become a muse for Steven Meisel, walked in a slew of runway shows (21, to be exact, for Spring 2014), and graced the covers of the Japanese, German, and Italian editions of Vogue. Not bad for someone who can’t even drink. While primping for the Gotham Independent Film Awards this week (photo diary below), the new face of Calvin Klein and the brand’s forthcoming eau, Endless Euphoria, shared her low-key beauty habits.
Her red-carpet ritual: “[The night before an event] I go to bed before 11:00, and I always take a hot bath. I put olive oil, lavender oil, and milk in the water to moisturize my body. It makes me feel so relaxed, and after that I’m ready for bed.”
On her look for the Gotham Awards: “My makeup is very simple, but it’s still sexy because of the eyeliner. I went with a more natural look, because I’m young. The hair is very Calvin Klein—straight but also a little wavy. The whole look is kind of masculine, but still feminine, because the back of the top is so pretty.”
Her secret for gorgeous skin: “I always wash my makeup off at night with Chanel cleansing water, and once a week I exfoliate my face with brown sugar, to keep it soft.”
Her tricks for makeup that won’t budge: “If I need my makeup to last all day long, I spritz my face with Avène water, because it refreshes my skin but it doesn’t mess up the makeup. To make my lipstick last, I apply concealer and lip liner first. A makeup artist taught me that.”
What she loves about Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria: “It’s fresh, youthful, and it fits my personality perfectly. It gets your attention, but it’s not too overpowering.”
And where does she like to spritz? “I like to apply fragrance on my neck and wrists—that’s where you smell it the most.”
Endless Euphoria Calvin Klein (the blush-colored bottle at left)—a blend of cherry blossom, violet, and sandalwood—is available beginning March 2014.
When we talk about smoky eyes (seen this season at Jill Stuart and Just Cavalli), we tend to give credit to the backstage makeup artists responsible for smudging models’ lids to perfection. Reality check: Middle Eastern women have been working the kohl-rimmed look for centuries. To help ladies on this side of the Atlantic achieve that exotic effect, Bobbi Brown, L’Oréal Paris, Guerlain, and Revlon have launched new liners this year that boast super-pigmented, inky-black formulas.
The desire to exude an air of exotic mystery is also reflected in the latest fragrance launch from Tom Ford, Sahara Noir. The bold, incense-based scent includes sexy notes like bitter orange, cinnamon, cedar, frankincense resin, and vanilla for what Ford says is a “deep and substantial perfume” that is a nod to “the untamed beauty of the Arabian Peninsula.” One whiff and we felt transported.
Tom Ford Sahara Noir, $150, neimanmarcus.com
Revlon Photoready Kajal Intense Eyeliner + Brightener in Carbon Cleopatra, $8.99, revlon.com
Guerlain Kôhl Me Kajal Eyeliner, $37, nordstrom.com
L‘Oréal Voluminous Smoldering Liner in Black, $8.95, lorealparisusa.com
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner in Noir, $24, bobbibrowncosmetics.com