September 2 2014

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The 411: Rachel Comey


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,

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,

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.”
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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.”
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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,

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.

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The 411: Isabelle Bellis


A facial massage that includes your aesthetician actually putting her fingers inside your mouth to properly stimulate weak and tired muscles is a talking point unto itself, but that’s just one of the many things that makes an appointment with Isabelle Bellis such a special experience. Trained in France, Switzerland, and Germany in the school of L’Oreal skincare expert, biochemist, and Marc Jacobs favorite Joëlle Ciocco, Bellis isn’t your average facialist. An epidermologist, holistic nutritionist, and health counselor, she is a skincare multi-tasker who doesn’t just look at the state of your pores, but investigates your skin’s reaction to its environment in order to develop the best cosmeceutical regimen to bring it back to its optimal state. Take one look at Bellis’ own flawless complexion, and you’ll be a believer. Her innate French style sense happens to transcend to skincare products—as well as a few other beauty and lifestyle must-haves that she’s shared with us below.

The Seasonal Skin Saver: Joëlle Ciocco
“I adore Joëlle Ciocco Cerat aux Fleurs in the winter. It protects the skin from the cold and protects the capillaries from the extreme change in temperature that occurs from going indoors and out.
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The French Manicure: Essie Eternal Optimist

“I maintain my own nails, and I always paint them a soft, pale pink—my favorite color is Eternal Optimist by Essie. I guess it’s very French of me, but I don’t feel comfortable in red—it just doesn’t make me feel like me.
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The Natural Colorist: Jean-Marie Paret
“I travel to Paris several times a year and I always go to Jean-Marie while I’m there. It all started because I had a very bad color job years ago, and I went there to fix it. He only uses natural dyes and natural products, which is very important to me because I don’t like using chemicals on my scalp. Plus, the ambience is lovely and it’s very personal, which I love.”
Jean-Marie Paret, 26 rue Monsieur le Prince Paris, France, 75006.

The Requisite Rub-Down: Shibui at the Greenwich Hotel
“The massages are absolutely great here, and the ambience is so beautiful and relaxing. After a massage I stay an extra hour, have a fresh-squeezed juice and read. It’s heaven.”
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The Signature Snacks: Maison Kayser and Gobo Juices
“Eric Kayser on the Upper East Side has a fabulous breakfast. I love the Cocotte [an organic egg casserole with eggplant]; it’s so, so good. I also love Gobo juices for a smoothie in the West Village. I get one with chocolate and peanut butter when I’m feeling decadent.”
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The Domestic Indulgence: Fresh Flowers
“I love flea markets because there’s always a story behind every piece you purchase. I’ve found a table for my kitchen—it’s very French—and I always love to buy vases because I love flowers. I buy them from Dean & Deluca or get them from a friend’s garden in Connecticut.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Isabelle Bellis

The 411: Colette’s Sarah Andelman


Colette, the three-floor emporium on Paris’s historic Rue Saint-Honoré, has, since opening in 1997, become the ultimate local purveyor of cool. And that’s thanks in great part to the careful guidance of its visionary owner Sarah Andelman, who opened the store with her mom, its namesake. What Colette has mastered is offering customers a mix so eclectic it somehow works: Luxe frocks by the likes of Valentino and Givenchy share space with limited-edition T-shirts—and for an exclusive engagement this week, organic indie skincare lines out of Brooklyn. Colette has always been ahead of the curve in the collaboration department, too, hooking up with everyone from haute houses like Burberry and Hermès to Reebok and graffiti artist Kaws. Since style seekers worldwide have come to rely on Andelman’s discerning eye when in Paris, we asked her to reveal a few of her personal favorite destinations for facials, manicures, workouts—and sushi—as the fashion tribe touches down in the City of Light.

The Super Stylist: David Mallett
“The salon looks like an apartment but with beautiful animals looking at you while you get your hair cut. And his own shampoo and hair serum are fabulous; they really help to make hair soft and shiny.”
14 Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 01-40-20-00-23,

The Skin Savior: Joelle Ciocco
“I am such a fan of her facials and her products. She is very, very talented and no one knows how to treat your skin better. Unfortunately, I don’t find the time to go there, but I love to use her products at home.”
8 Place de la Madeleine, 01-42-60-58-80,

The Signature Scent: Byredo
“I love the brand and the one that I always wear is the Mister Marvelous fragrance.”
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The Facialist And The Fashion Stars


There are countless fashion publications out there, this one included, that spend a good amount of time discussing tastemakers’ insider picks: where they vacation, what brands they love, what kind of music they listen to, their favorite things to give fashionable friends. And while all of these tidbits are educational—the treehouse in Viterbo, Italy, that Luisa Orsini and Antonine Peduzi gifted Marc Jacobs in our holiday shopping guide does sound amazing—it’s these individuals’ face savers that we’re most interested in, the underlying theory being: If it’s good enough for Marc, it’s good enough for us. So, where do the most influential people in fashion go to get their skin sloughed, and their facial muscles massaged? Joëlle Ciocco, more often than not. Jacobs swears by her—so does the former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and John Galliano, who can frequently be spotted at her Place de Madeleine institute in Paris, according to one of Ciocco’s other devotees, street-style star Ulyana Sergeenko. “I visit her only when I come to Paris—four times a year for the collections and Couture,” Sergeenko told us in an interview for “She’s so sweet and she has a magic aura. She’s famous for her facial massage”—and for founding the epidermology method, which has earned her an iron-clad group of followers, and most recently a L’Oréal contract (Ciocco was just named L’Oréal Paris’ first global facialist).

The trained biochemist is in Cannes this week to introduce a series of L’Oréal launches—including its Revitalift Triple Power Collection, Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator, and its Sublime Sun Collection—but won’t be working on any of her celebrity clients while she’s there. “The actresses come to our massage center [in Paris],” Ciocco explains—a short but necessary pre-festival pit stop that’s more than worth the layover. With the help of an intrepid translator, we picked Ciocco’s brain on the advent of her nonsurgical facelift and learned about “cosmetic obesity,” which is how the famed facialist refers to the onslaught of environmental and product pollution. (Yes, we obviously wish that we had come up with that term on our own.)

What does your new role with L’Oréal mean to you after over 30 years in the business?
For me it’s a professional recognition—it’s the proof that the profession I have created is valued by a brand that wants my advice for the use of products and [providing] information to the consumer. It’s amazing that I can provide them with this advice. It’s a plus for L’Oréal but is also a plus for me.

What exactly is an epidermologist and how is it different from being a plain old aesthetician?
I would actually define my profession as an in-depth study of skin as an organ. I start with a visual reading of this organ—pretty much skin genetics. The second part is [examining] the memory of the skin, from birth to this day—has it been diseased, do you have allergies, was it burned. And then third element would be the present, which has nothing to do with memory or genetics—what kind of job do you have, do you have children, how do you sleep, how is your skin currently—in order to get in-depth knowledge of the skin to fully understand its personality. I ask myself quite a few questions, which is the psychological part. Then, with all of this information, we are able to optimize this ecosystem, meaning the biodiversity of the skin.

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Your Favorite Beauty Products, Back By Popular Demand; L’Oréal Paris Names A Global Facialist; And More…


Thanks to increasing buzz through social media outlets, beauty brands are starting to take consumer gripes about discontinued beauty products seriously. Companies like MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Pantene have all brought back old favorites for a limited time due to popular demand. Make a note of it—and “Like” your discontinued favorites on Facebook now. [NYT]

Spring temperatures may have dipped into the 40s and 50s of late, but that hasn’t stopped Katy Perry from giving her nails a serious floral makeover. The queen of bold color choices unveiled her latest experiment with nail art, tweeting, “My fingers are in FULL bloom today” alongside a picture of 3-D petals. [Grazia]

Street-style blogger favorite Ulyana Sergeenko swears by Parisian facialist Joëlle Ciocco—so much so that she only gets facials four times a year when she travels from Russia to France for the Couture and ready-to-wear shows. And Ciocco’s fame among the style set hasn’t gone unnoticed; L’Oréal Paris has just named the skincare expert as its first global facialist. [WWD]

After CND founder Jan Arnold said neon nail polishes were illegal in the United States, sparking a few days of horror from lacquer lovers looking forward to Day-Glo pedicures for the summer, the brand’s chief scientific adviser has amended her comments, explaining that neon varnishes are not illegal to wear; they have simply never been officially registered with the FDA. Phew. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Courtesy of Delphine Achard