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38 posts tagged "Jean Paul Gaultier"

A House Fit For The King

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Master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has had a hand in pretty much every fragrance success story in the last 15 years. The go-to nose for the houses of Dior, Gaultier, Versace, and Saint Laurent—not to mention the mastermind behind Narciso Rodriguez’s eponymous best-sellers and Acqua di Parma’s classic Iris Nobile—he’s something of an industry giant, the man behind the scents that reliably intrigue you. In 2009, he plans on stepping out of the shadows by opening his own fragrance house. Situated in Paris (naturellement), his solo venture will not mark the launch of a signature brand, Kurkdjian insists, but will rather embrace inspirational fragrance stories, all price ranges, and different mediums for scent. Possible expansions may include an excellent-smelling detergent—the continuation of a cleaning-products line he created earlier in his career. He has plans to go international, too, which is exciting news for Americans who are just plain over Tide original scent—and unimpressed with the Clean Breeze alternative.

Photo: Courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier Parfums

Gaultier, Evian Say Drink More Water

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Drinking water to maintain optimal skin radiance is way more enjoyable when you can call it haute hydration. After a grand entrée into the world of designer collaborations with a Christian Lacroix partnership last year, Evian has paired up with Jean Paul Gaultier for its 2009 collection of prê-â-porter and haute couture bottle designs. Adorned with a pattern of interlocking snowflakes and an oversize blue logo, Gaultier’s ready-to-wear creation, which debuted during Paris fashion week, is finally available for purchase stateside, and is a symbol of luxury meant to remind its imbibers that pure water is rare and precious. To further hammer this point home (if the $14 price tag didn’t tip you off), Gaultier also designed seven Swarovski-encrusted couture models to be auctioned off, with the proceeds benefiting the Evian Water Protection Institute, which restores and maintains wetlands across the globe.

Photo: Courtesy of Evian

guido palau, man in tights

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Redken creative consultant Guido Palau apparently had “happy feet” this week, channeling ballet headgear when conceiving the look for Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway presentation. You’re looking at tights—two pairs, in contrasting colors—layered over a very tight, sleek bun and secured with gold bobby pins. “The overall goal was to create caricature,” Palau said, which he did by flattening hair to the head with Redken Hardware 16 Superstrong Gel before breaking out the stockings. While he went with neutral tones here, think of all the options the bright-colored legwear you’re storing up for fall will afford you once the weather changes next spring. Four words: electric blue and gray. Just a thought.

Photo: Antonello Trio