August 31 2014

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4 posts tagged "Liliane Bettencourt"

The Bettencourts Settle; A Lift On The Liquids Ban; And More…


Wondering what time is the right time to go under the knife? 52 years, 41 weeks, and four days, turns out. [StyleList]

After three years of back-and-forth legal battles that rocked L’Oréal—and sent shockwaves through the French government as well—Françoise Bettencourt Meyers has dropped all of the charges against her mother, 88-year-old L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. We’re going to guess that it will take more than a mother-daughter spa day to patch up that relationship. [WWD]

It’s not exactly WikiLeaks, but Lipstick Queen founder Poppy King does spill some of the beauty biz’s secrets in the Huffington Post. Like, for example, did you know that the fuzzy tip on your lip gloss wand is called a “doe foot”? Scan-da-lous. [HuffPo]

London’s Gatwick Airport is planning to lift its ban on liquids in carry-on items as soon as next year—which means we will be avoiding Heathrow when crossing the pond at all costs. A return to traveling with full-sized face wash and toner? Dreams can come true! [FHR]

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R.I.P Yves, Tyra Says Farewell, And More…


Yves Rocher, a pioneer of plant-based cosmetics and the founder of the eponymous natural beauty company, died of a stroke on Saturday. The green beauty movement will always be in his debt. [WWD]

New developments in the “Because he’s worth it” trial. Liliane Bettencourt, the 87-year-old L’Oréal heiress, is refusing to undergo psychological evaluations to help establish whether she was lucid when she made photographer François-Marie Banier the recipient of “gifts” valued at about $1.44 billion. This one will run and run. [WWD]

In other L’Oréal news, the French company has a suggestion for your 2010 book list. Its new 100,000 Years of Beauty comprises five volumes of essays by more than 300 academics, writing about cosmetics and aesthetic preferences since the dawn of time. As for future predictions, girly girls beware: It’s all about androgyny. [Allure]

With new year’s resolutions on the mind, some Sarah Palin followers are wondering if the politician will “go rogue” with her hairstyle in 2010. Curious as to what she’d look like with, say, the Hillary Clinton? Click here for an entertaining exercise in Photoshopping. [Examiner]

First Oprah, now Tyra. Banks has announced that this will be the last season of her acclaimed talk show. But the tapeworm-diet, etc., exposés will hopefully continue on the big screen; Tyra is launching her own film-production company with the promise to “help us all feel as fierce as we truly are.” [People]

Don’t be surprised if you encounter an army of Avon ladies and Mary Kay proselytizers should you venture to the Far East any time soon. Direct-beauty-sales operations—among other things—are flourishing in China. [NYT]

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Rachel Zoe Tones It Down, Stella Comes Out Victorious, And More…


Season two of The Rachel Zoe Project premieres tonight on Bravo and will feature “Less hair, less makeup, less everything,” the stylist reveals, adding that she found both to be “way, way too heavy” in the first season. We die. [Metro]

A judge in London has rejected Nude Brands Ltd.’s request for an interim injunction to restrict production of Stella McCartney’s Stella Nude franchise on the premise of trademark infringement. Rational thought, 1; greedy lunatics, 0. [Cosmetics International]

After debuting its Olfactive Bar at Saks last fall, Chanel has taken its fragrance boutique concept across the pond. Selfridges shoppers, rejoice. []

Tyra Banks will forgo her array of weaves on an episode of her talk show scheduled to air September 8. As per her Twitter page: “I will be ‘rockin’ REAL hair 4 all 2 C!” A must-watch event, for sure. But will it rival the ratings of the Whitney Houston-Oprah interview on the 14th? Only time will tell. [Stylebell]

The Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers v. Liliane Bettencourt and François-Marie Banier lawsuit is headed for trial in September, where it is poised to set a new precedent for abus de faiblesse, a.k.a. when a younger, famously linked photographer allegedly exploits the frailty of an 86-year-old L’Oréal heiress. Patron seekers, take note. [NYT]

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L’Oreal Heiress Says, “Because He’s Worth It”


In an interesting mother-daughter row developing in France, the daughter of Liliane Bettencourt—one of the world’s wealthiest women, a renowned philanthropist, and L’Oréal’s chief shareholder—is challenging her mother’s mental capacity as reports have surfaced about life insurance policies worth nearly €1 billion taken out by the senior Ms. Bettencourt. The policies in question would not benefit Mme. Bettencourt’s daughter Françoise but, rather scandalously, are designated for a photographer, artist, and author she has befriended. The shutterbug in question, one François-Marie Banier, who counts Johnny Depp and Princess Caroline of Monaco among his friends, has become like Ms. Bettencourt’s adopted son, according to a report in the Independent. Despite her daughter’s cries of injustice—and senility—the 86-year-old seems to be fairly lucid. When questioned by investigators, she not only confirmed the existence of the insurance policies but said that she “knew exactly what she was doing and could ‘sponsor’ whomever she liked.” Donating a few Picasso paintings from her private collection to M. Banier was also apparently part of this sponsorship deal, which makes us more than a little curious as to how we might get in on a similar program.

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