3 posts tagged "Henry Holland"
Since adopting a strictly neutral-or-classic-color manicure mandate a few seasons ago, we effectively left our trendy-lacquer days behind us. But there was a time, dear readers, when we spearheaded hand designs, relished in glitter Calgels, and used every last drop of Chanel’s cult-favorite Jade—not to mention the house’s former creative director of makeup Peter Philips’ lesser-known, albeit equally lust-worthy, follow-up, Riva. It debuted at Karl Lagerfeld’s 2010 Cruise collection in Saint-Tropez and immediately became an obsession when we saw Georgia May Jagger and co. walking down the runway, their tips a shade of creamy robin’s egg that somehow broke the pastel-aqua mold. It was a limited edition, sadly, but we’ve often thought about it in summers since—newfound minimal mantra not withstanding—as it truly was the perfect complement to warm, tanned limbs. That’s why Leigh Lezark’s azure fingers at Henry Holland’s Resort dinner last night in New York struck a chord with us—especially considering our recent discovery of RGB Cosmetics’ new sky-hued varnish called Pool. Needless to say, the combination is giving us some surprisingly colorful ideas for our weekend nail-salon plans. You, too?
For designer and Agyness Deyn bestie Henry Holland, making a fragrance came pretty easily. “I just filled out a questionnaire,” Holland joked last night while playing host at the launch party for Six Scents: Series II, which pairs some of the rag trade’s biggest names with perfumers to create a union of artistic expression that ultimately goes to benefit charity. This aforementioned survey included such soul-searching queries: If your fragrance was an event, what would it be? Holland: “A party.” If you could describe your fragrance as a room, what would it look like? Holland: “There’d be a big, comfy purple couch, where everyone would congregate.” The answers then served to inspire Givaudan nose Stephen Nilsen in the composition process. That meant putting purple petals of lilac and jasmine at the heart of the scent and realizing the idea of a couch’s fluffy quality in the form of soft musk notes. But it wasn’t all fun Q&A games. “I’m typically a really visual person,” Holland says. “And while I can’t see a smell, there are certain smells that trigger memories.” So Holland told Nilsen about growing up in a pine forest, which Nilsen ultimately translated into a pine accord that rounds out the fragrance, which is simply called Smell. As for Holland’s future beauty endeavors, the marketing master has big ideas. “This project lets you dip your toe in. Color plays such a massive part in my collection,” he said, alluding to a nascent desire to branch out into makeup. He added, “When I used to work at a magazine, I would dream about being the person who names nail varnishes and lipsticks.” To show off his skills, he pointed at our chipping Chanel Jade manicure and said, “I’d call that, ‘Mint No-Choc Chip.’ ” And with that, we began to wonder if Holland had missed his true calling.
When Six Scents: Series One made its debut last fall, Joseph Quartana, the fragrance collection’s curator, introduced the fashion and beauty set to a new kind of “creativity with a conscience.” Pairing six designers with six perfumers, he embarked on an annual endeavor to produce olfactory art for a cause, dedicating a portion of sales from the limited-edition flacons to a rotating roster of charitable initiatives. For the second installment of the project, which launches in October, the names have changed but the end goal has remained the same. Series Two features perfumes from Phillip Lim, Henry Holland, Damir Doma, Henrik Vibskov, Richard Nicoll, and Toga—each of whom worked with a renowned nose from Givaudan—and a percentage of the net proceeds will go toward Pro-Natura in support of its environmental sustainability programs. Each duo was told to create their eau based on the idea of the dependent relationship between nature and art and as a reflection of their own unique style, of course. As such, Lim’s scent is composed of Italian black pepper oil from Madagascar, juniper berry oil, magnolia accord, Indonesian patchouli oil, and incense, for that easy-to-wear/casual-chic effect he’s known for.