6 posts tagged "MCMC"
Precious is a word with many meanings. It can signify something delicate or refined, fine or valuable, cherished or treasured. And when it comes to Mociun, the Brooklyn-born line of jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and other objets d’art, all of those definitions apply. Founded by designer Caitlin Mociun in 2006, the line has become especially recognized for its artful, unfussy approach to fine jewelry (think dainty, turquoise-encrusted bands and fine golden geometric earrings), and that same sensibility is apparent in her first foray into fragrance. Created in collaboration with beloved BK fragrance brand MCMC, Mociun (the scent) plucks inspiration from the designer’s recent trip to Sicily with the appealingly bitter neroli flower, the blend’s star. Coupled with white musk, amber, and petitgrain, the resulting eau has a fresh-laundry-clean kind of feel, a subtle brightness, and an underlying grace. And on the skin, it cuts as elegant a figure as Mociun’s precious pieces.
We’ve never shied away from a manly fragrance, and the latest additions (both Brooklyn-born) to our boyish scent club are formidable indeed. First up: D.S. & Durga’s HYLNDS Spirit of the Glen. High concept and meticulous execution have become the MO for the brand, and its newest concoction, designed in collaboration with The Glenlivet (yup, the single malt scotch whisky), is certainly on par. In creating the scent, David Seth Moltz (the D.S. half of the scent duo) wanted to reference not just the finished liquor product, but all stages of its production—the crisp green of Speyside where Glenlivet is born, charred bourbon barrels, aged Limousin oak casks, and wild pineapple weed. There are hints of all before you are shepherded to an elegant finish: a dry-down of velvety, warm vanilla-laced wood as enticing as a generous glass of Glenlivet 18. And MCMC Fragrances’ newest release has distinctly masculine roots. The scent is based on its hugely popular Dude No. 1 Beard Oil. Upon discovering how many of her customers were also wearing it as a fragrance, perfumer Anne Serrano-McClain decided to make a cologne version. The woodsy blend (sandalwood, Haitian vetiver, and American-sourced cedarwood from Virginia) is at once spicy and smoky, and, on the skin, it has a smooth, husky quality. We surmise that this winter both will hold major olfactory appeal for either gender.
D.S. & Durga HYLNDS Spirit of the Glen, $180 for 1.7 oz, at Barneys New York; MCMC Dude No. 1, $75 for 1 oz, www.mcmcfragrances.com.
In addition to some much needed R&R, I find a short weekend getaway serves as the perfect platform to try new beauty products—especially when they are as TSA-friendly as those shown above. Here’s how I switched it up on my days off:
Chanel CC Cream, $55: Launched first in the Asian market, this CC Cream has finally made its way Stateside. While I’ve grown tired of the alphabet-soup beauty game (the number of BB, CC, and now DD creams available is overwhelming), this featherweight formula from Chanel doesn’t disappear into skin or look cakey like other brands I’ve tried. Instead, it creates a fresh-looking complexion and contains soothing cornflower water, moisturizing hyaluronic acid, broad spectrum SPF 30, and fine line-fighting Rejuvencia (an ingredient derived from a marine microorganism that stimulates the production of collagen). Even better: The single-step cream (available in one shade that flatters most skin tones) comes housed in a one-ounce tube that seamlessly slips past security.
La Prairie Anti-Aging Perfection à Porter, $150: In my opinion, nothing shows the signs of dehydration, stale plane air, and a red-eye flight like the ultrathin skin around your eyes and on your lips. Hence, the cult-favorite Swiss brand has developed a two-level compact: One compartment contains a lip balm that hydrates and stimulates volume with clove essential oil and dehydrated hyaluronic-acid microspheres, and the other houses an eye-contour cream-gel, which boasts those same hyaluronic-acid microspheres to plump, silicone to smooth fine lines, and a fluorescent compound that diffuses light and blurs imperfections.
MCMC Fragrances The Stories Collection Samples, $35: In addition to a good book and a hefty load of September issues, I packed the sample pack of seven eaux de parfum from Brooklyn-based boutique MCMC Fragrances. Each tiny vile takes you on a different olfactory journey—my favorite being Love (which implores notes of Japanese yuzu citrus, French sweet basil, and Chinese magnolia to represent the “fireworks” and “rush of crazy dancing” associated with the first time you discover the emotion). The “nose” behind the brand and blends, Anne McClain, believes that personal stories can be captured through the invisible art of fragrance, and this mini series certainly doesn’t disappoint.
This weekend may already be a distant memory, but I plan to spice up my everyday routine with the bounty from my most recent beauty holiday.
Like the real-estate landscape in Williamsburg, the increasingly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood’s retail scene is exploding. Boutique after cool boutique seems to be cropping up off the main Bedford Avenue drag, offering up everything from wall-to-wall denim and designer duds to salvaged furniture and “funky” eyeglasses. Caitlin Mociun’s beat at her eponymous concept shop is jewelry—make that jewelry and ceramics. And sculpture. And bags. “It’s all part of a comprehensive lifestyle that I’m promoting,” says the RISD-trained textile designer who dabbled in a fledgling fashion business before turning her attention to baubles two years ago. “It’s nice to make something that has longevity. It feels more sustainable,” she explains of the creative shift, which turned curatorial last March. Following a stint in a pop-up space in downtown Brooklyn, Mociun realized that her wide-ranging taste had more mass appeal than she previously thought. “People liked the same weird shit that I like,” she says of the experience’s takeaway, which prompted her to open a space of her own. The beautiful, white-walled Wythe Avenue venue now houses delicate rings, necklaces, and the like from Wwake, as well as Mociun’s own line, not to mention earthenware from Shino Takeda and Robert Blue, artwork from Genesis Onasis and Katie Krantz, bags from Doug Johnson and Baggu—and the most recent addition to the Mociun lifestyle brand: beauty.
“If you really wanted, you could buy your whole bathroom here,” she says of the purposefully edited selection of soaps and candles from small-batch Brooklyn purveyor Saipua; body care from Aesop, the Australian apothecary company that actually sought her out to stock its array of creams and salves; fragrances from MCMC; extraordinary and hard to come by haircare from Beverly Hills-based Rare El’ements; and, starting this month, One Love Organics skincare. “For me, it’s about finding smaller, more artisanal brands that don’t have a huge array of stuff to pick from,” Mociun explains of her buying process, which also includes an extensive round of “testing” on a diverse group of friends. “I’m open to other things,” she divulges of the prospect of including a makeup brand in the mix going forward—and maybe some additional skincare lines to keep the neighborhood’s increasingly expanding consumer base excited. “They’re building four apartment buildings around the store right now that will accommodate four thousand people,” she points out—at least some of whom, we imagine, will be excited to find an organic, multipurpose skin balm with cold-pressed plant oils, mango butter, and chia-seed extracts just a few doors down.
Mociun, 224 Wythe Ave., NYC, (718) 387-3731.
First grunge, then goth, and now rave—that other nineties subculture that has remained largely unmined by the fashion set of late—has turned up on the runway at Madrid fashion week replete with extra long, art-inspired talons. [Getty Images]
The former stomping ground of Natalia Vodianova, Calvin Klein’s coveted Euphoria campaign will be fronted by Lara Stone beginning in October. [Daily Mail]
Blake Lively’s provocative commercial for Gucci Premiere isn’t the only big-budget ad visual making the rounds today. In Natalie Portman’s latest campaign for Miss Dior, the actress wears a black cat-eye and suggestively stares into the camera while Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s “Je t’aime…moi non plus” plays in the background. [NYDN]
According to Hunger Games head stylist Linda Flowers’ Twitter account, there will be plenty more colored wigs and general hair confections in the Capitol when the film’s sequel comes out next fall. [Examiner]
Ten Brooklyn-based beauty brands grow in Paris: The City of Light’s hip haven, Colette, will host ten BK-born beauty brands at its Rue Saint-Honoré digs through October, including lines like MCMC, D.S. & Durga, and Sprout Skincare. [WWD]