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Flashback Friday: Pretty in Pink


niki-taylorFlashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Niki Taylor

The Moment: Sweet and Smoky

The Motivation: Ever since Guillaume Henry sent oversize “teddy bear-textured” pink coats down the runway at Carven’s Fall 2013 show, the fashion set fully embraced the pastel hue. But when it comes to wearing such a bold color on your body, how to plan your makeup? You can never go wrong with red lipstick, but for a look that’s slightly more unexpected, take inspiration from this early-nineties shot of Niki Taylor lensed by Arthur Elgort. Sure, the gold jewelry is gaudy and the shadow is extended a little too close to her brows, but strip away all the excess and those luscious lashes and perfectly nude lips direct attention to the outfit—which, in the case of a rose-colored jacket, is always a plus.

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue Italia, 1991, courtesy of

Carven Alters Its Original Olfactory Silhouette


Creative director of Carven, Guillaume Henry, breathed new life into the storied house beginning in 2009 and put a fresh olfactory stamp on the brand by launching Le Parfum in 2013—the label’s first fragrance in sixty-seven years. The company waited nearly a millisecond in comparison to its last stretch between scents, as the follow-up, L’Eau de Toilette, is set to launch exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue in March. Described as “different from the original, but not in opposition,” the spring-y blend contains three of the same key notes: sweet pea, white hyacinth, and sandalwood (with sweet pea now being used at the top and white hyacinth at the heart). Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian imagined the eau “like a lightweight piece of clothing…as easy to wear as Le Parfum but made of a different fabric, probably more airy.” He replaced mandarin blossom with transparent lemon and peony notes; swapped jasmine and ylang ylang for soft freesia and wisteria; and reworked the woody base to include white musk and amber for a more delicate dry down. The signature color scheme inspired by Madame Carven’s Ma Griffe striped gown also remains intact, but is used in reverse when compared with the previous scent (featuring a white box and pistachio-colored juice). Model Brynja Jónbjarnardóttir will continue to serve as the face, adding yet another familiar aspect to the fragrance. Change is never easy, but imagine this bright and elegant blend like your go-to dress from seasons past: Take it to the tailor, make a few choice alterations, and it suddenly feels brand new and better than ever.

Carven Le Parfum: “No Tricks,” All Treat


carvenRumors of a new Carven fragrance under Guillaume Henry’s creative direction started swirling in 2010, just a year after he took over design duties. For other brands, it might have seemed like a rather quick entrée into beauty, but not for Carven, whose ineffaceable founder had already carved out a formidable fragrance niche with the best-selling Ma Griffe, which was introduced in 1946. Fast-forward sixty-seven years, and the storied French house’s latest coup, Carven Le Parfum, is scheduled to touch down stateside in a few short weeks.

“The brief was very clear because I think the direction Guillaume is giving to the brand is very clear,” famed nose Francis Kurkdjian explained at a launch event in May. “As a perfumer, I just had to follow the path.” That path necessitated something very urban and very Parisian, but also very international, according to Kurkdjian, who set out to create something for “a fresh young woman, [who is] charismatic and very charming.” Icelandic beauty Brynja Jónbjarnardóttir embodies that sentiment in the perfume’s ad campaign, while Kurkdjian’s delicate blend of mandarin blossom, white hyacinth, sweet pea, and jasmine notes, with a subtle yet unforgettable dry down of sandalwood and Indonesian patchouli, seal the deal olfactorily. “A beautiful scent is just a scent that smells good. There are no tricks. You look at the bottle, you look at the ad, and it’s all very coherent,” Kurkdjian insists, pointing out that one of this particular scent’s big selling points is the faint trace that lingers in the wake of the wearer. “What’s important is the trail, because [Carven] is a brand that you remember”—something he can personally attest to. “Carven is very dear to me,” he reveals. “One of the first perfumes that was given to me when I was 16 years old was Vetiver by Carven—that with [Dior's] Eau Sauvage are the two basic fragrances that every man had to have in his wardrobe.” Now there’s something equally iconic for the rest of us.

Carven Le Parfum, available July 17 at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and

Photo: Courtesy of Carven

Cos Bar, Now At Target; Eau de Carven: It’s Happening; And More…


While Target’s Go International designer collaboration may be no more, the mega retailer is introducing a new high-meets-low shopping concept that will feature six established brands in shop-within-shop environments for six weeks at a time. The first roster has been announced, and it includes The Webster, Miami’s destination for all things designer and hip, and Cos Bar, the über-chic cosmetics emporium that you can typically only find in resort areas like Wailea, Hawaii, and Aspen. [WWD]

You may have to wait until next month to actually spritz Roberto Cavalli’s new fragrance, but a teaser video for its Elisa Sednaoui-fronted campaign is streaming online now. In it, the director describes capturing the “animal magnetism” of the scent as a real live tiger crosses the screen. Then, almost on cue, Sednoui chirps something about “the tiger inside.” Ah, the intrigue. [YouTube]

In other designer fragrance news, the Carven fragrance we told you was in the works almost two years ago is actually happening, according to the house’s designer, Guillaume Henry. “We are working on it,” Henry confirms. “It has to be fresh; it has to be spontaneous; it has to be something that you don’t even smell.” [Fashionista]

While the Best Makeup award is always a hotly contested category at the Oscars, it might come as a shock that there is in fact no Best Hair award. But if Ted Gibson has anything to say about it, that’s about to change. The celebrity hairstylist has started an online petition to make sure excellence in coiffeur is recognized by the Academy. [The Petitions Site]

Katy Perry may be in the middle of divorce proceedings with her soon-to-be-ex-husband Russell Brand, but that hasn’t stopped the singer-turned-beauty entrepreneur form signing yet another beauty contract. The ghd spokesperson will be designing a line of custom eyelashes for the false lash brand Eyelure, due out next month. [Vibe Vixen]

Photo: Courtesy of Cos Bar

At Carven, The Girl With the Flowers In Her Hair


In addition to some adorable pinafores and a few to-die-for prints, Carven designer Guillaume Henry threw another charming detail into his Alpine-themed Resort collection (check back for our full-length images): floral hair accessories. The delicate flowerbud clips and headbands indiscriminately placed in the model’s raven-hued, low-slung braid by hairstylist and makeup artist Laurent Mole added a sense of whimsy to the offerings, a few of which we wish were available for purchase now. But all things do come to those who wait; a little sleuthing revealed that Mr. Henry will be selling the blue, blush, and lemon barrettes and crowns along with the rest of the new line this December at his store in Paris.

Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Carven