August 22 2014

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22 posts tagged "La Mer"

Two New Additions to the La Mer Family



Joanna Czech, a gifted aesthetician with a long roster of A-list clients like Cate Blanchett, Christy Turlington Burns, and Kate Winslet is bringing her passion for skincare to La Mer. The brand tapped Czech, who hails from Poland, to create an exclusive facial massage technique (that felt akin to a deep tissue massage for the complexion) to pair with its Lifting Contour Serum—the company’s newest antiaging product infused with perennial brown algae, blue algae, and marine peptides to lift and tighten. The treatment is available at the brand’s partner spas, such as La Réserve Ramatuelle in France, and all doors where La Mer has a treatment room (like Bergdorf Goodman in New York). At home, this facial translates into an application ritual in which you join your thumb and first two fingers together and gently press-and-release in a gravity-defying upward motion from the base of the neck to your forehead. “I have clients who do this for only 15 seconds on each side of the face, while some may linger for 10 minutes,” said Czech, who herself keeps the daily routine to less than a minute. She has decades of experience under her belt, but described the interview process with La Mer as “intense.” Czech must have put her best face forward, however, because she made the cut and now has the distinct honor of being the first such collaborator for the brand. The learning curve should be easy, though. “I’ve been using La Mer on my own skin for 18 years,” she said.

La Mer Lifting Contour Serum, $290,

Beauty Sound Bites: Travel Light


la mer“I avoid bringing products on the plane. If I have a night flight, I’ll shower and put my La Mer cream on as I head to the airport…It’s bad enough that I have to take off my shoes and throw fine jewelry [like my favorite Eddie Borgo latch bracelet] into a tray like it’s a pair of socks.”

The only thing worse than getting your products swiped by the TSA is when the jar/bottle/tube in question involves La Mer’s coveted Miracle Broth. I’ll be snagging this swimwear designer, jet-setter, and Editor in Chic’s pre-airplane hydrating trick next time I take off. And to the security crew that is guaranteed to gather a bounty of beauty products as millions travel to feast with their families this Thanksgiving, I hope you appreciate the contraband.

Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Marie Fernandez

EXCLUSIVE: La Mer Finally Surfaces On Instagram


La Mer’s classic moisturizing crème has established a cult following among celebrities and beauty addicts worldwide. Now, the brand is attempting to garner the same status (and number of fans) on Instagram. Beginning on Monday, October 28, @LaMerOfficial will enter unchartered social media waters—but not without a captain at the helm. Acting as inaugural “Editor in Chic” is stylist-turned-swimwear designer Lisa Marie Fernandez. With over 10,000 followers on her own account, it’s safe to say she knows how to keep a captive audience. Her posts document not just a bevy of bathing suits, but scenes from the far-flung locales (like Bali, Brazil, Panama, and Greece) that inspire her designs. “They’re all pretty much sunny [places]…I’m not someone who goes to Aspen,” Fernandez quipped. The jetsetter said that she’s the “travel guinea pig” in her circle, always being the first to book a room at a newly opened hotel (a subject she’s just as passionate about and well-versed in as fashion).

Along with an Hermès toiletry bag that she keeps stocked with her must-have beauty products at all times, she always packs her first mate Bad Boy Albert, a stuffed animal who goes under the alias of “Bear de la Mer” on holiday (a nickname he acquired before her partnership with the company). While he has a brother named George who is more of a homebody, Albert has sat front row at Peter Pilotto (donning a scarf made out of fabric from the collection) and spent his summer in the Mediterranean wearing custom-made swim trunks that have a slit for his tail—all moments captured on camera. “He gets more likes than pictures of Alicia Keys,” said his proud owner. When asked if she’d one day bring George along for the ride, Fernandez replied, “I could never travel around with two bears, that would be ridiculous. We’d need a nanny.”

Before this “Editor in Chic” spends seven days sharing her favorite hotels and most memorable destinations, Fernandez gave a sneak peek (see her snaps below). The one thing you won’t find photos of: a treadmill. This designer keeps her body in bikini-worthy shape by exploring her surroundings. “The last thing I want to do is spend an hour at the gym in a beautiful city,” she said. Agreed.

“Bear de la Mer. Bad boy Albert will make guest appearances during the La Mer takeover week. Simi Island, Greece.”

“One of my seven most memorable destinations: Panama.”

“One of my favorite, most memorable destinations: Mykonos, Greece.”

“One of my seven favorite hotels in the world. La Réserve Ramatuelle, South of France.”

La Mer’s Water World


World-Oceans-Day-La-MerDespite a loyal celebrity following and a name that precedes it with any skincare aficionado, La Mer would be nothing without the ocean. Its “miracle broth,” the key to its reparative, antiaging, and hydrating benefits, is comprised of a fermented-sea-kelp distillate that is harvested from the Pacific Ocean seasonally before it gets blended into the legendary skin-saving salve. You can understand, then, why ocean conservation is of the utmost importance to the brand—and why it has been a wild supporter of World Oceans Day. Since its inception in 1992, the annual UN-sanctioned event falls on June 8 and is meant as a time to celebrate the sea’s vital ecosystem and raise awareness about the action required to preserve its delicate habitats. This year, La Mer has expanded its partnership with the National Geographic Society by working with renowned ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle, in addition to joining forces with Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean-advocacy organization, to make its commitment to the cause that much stronger. Adding to the intrigue is the reintroduction of the brand’s special, limited-edition bottle design that gives its cult-favorite Crème a totally new look. The collector’s item features a metallic ombré color on the outside for 2013 and the same skin-regenerating goodness on the inside. Visit for tips on how you can do your part to help preserve the world’s waterways.

Photo: Courtesy of La Mer

The 411: Wendy Nichol


Wendy-NicholIn the six years since launching her eponymous brand, Wendy Nichol has established herself as the architect par excellence of a very particular style aesthetic—one that could be affectionately described as “rough-around-the-edges witchy bohemian.” What began as a tightly edited jewelry line carried at Barneys quickly grew to include leather goods and ready-to-wear, not to mention two downtown retail addresses. Besides courting many a style-proficient New York woman, Nichol has also graced us with such accessory milestones as the spike-coned hoops; the mix-and-match pyramid studs; the much-loved hand-tooled and tasseled leather bullet bag; and the feather hair extension (the short-lived trend went global, but you could easily argue that Nichol was in the vanguard). The designer herself abides by a decidedly low-maintenance beauty credo—”My favorite salon is my bathroom; I cut my own hair, I cut my family’s hair, and I will cut your hair too if you let me”—but there are a few staples she can’t live without. Read on below.

The Skincare Secret: La Mer
“Every day I wear Crème de la Mer eye cream and face cream because it’s healing and extremely moisturizing. And the wand that comes with the eye cream is super genius.”
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The Complexion Correctors: Double Trouble
“I love Biologique Recherche PV 50 Lotion for keeping the pores clean and toned. And Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel by Dr. Dennis Gross is amazing—it’s a quick treatment that I only use once or twice a week but the results are incredible. These two products are equivalent to smooth skin.”
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The Passport-Not-Required Escape: Martha’s Vineyard
“Last summer I stayed in Martha’s Vineyard on Squibnocket Beach at a beautiful house built in the early 1900s. The private beachfront is located below a cliff and at a point of the land where the Native Americans would overlook the ocean waiting for whales. You have to learn the rhythm of the ocean with its high and low tide. It is by far one of the most enchanting places I have ever been.”
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The Vintage Haunts: North of the Border
“I love to visit my hometown of Toronto to find vintage scores. I go to Kensington market in Chinatown, which has a great vibe, live music, coffee shops—all very gritty but layered with many great vintage shops. Two of my favorite ones are Courage My Love and House of Vintage.”
Courage My Love, 14 Kensington Ave., Toronto, (416) 979-1992; House of Vintage, 1239 Queen St., W. Toronto, (416) 535-2142.

The Local Eateries
“For the best Soho dining room experience I like Omen; always a fabulous crowd, with no attitude. Menu favorites are the Omen noodles and sea bass. Then Frankies on Court Street in Brooklyn, where I live, is my first choice for an amazing Italian meal—I always order the cavatelli, fennel salad, and wine-soaked prunes for desert.”
Omen, 113 Thompson St., NYC, (212) 925-8923; Frankies Spuntino, 457 Court St., Brooklyn, (718) 403-0033.

The Healthy Snacks
“Chobani yogurt from the Chobani store in Soho—olive oil and cucumber is my favorite. And also Juice Press! There are locations near both of my stores so it’s become an addiction. My favorites are the Heaven on Earth smoothie and Love at First Sight green juice.”
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