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Scarlett Does Dolce; Trump, Lagerfeld Do Fragrance; And More…

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Scarlett Johansson is back in front of the camera again for Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup’s summer color collection. As per usual, she is looking particularly pouty and busty, but this time sporting fuchsia nails, slightly smoked-out eyes, and full brows. [Grazia]

Attention beauty-minded art collectors: Selections from London’s Somerset House’s René Gruau exhibit honoring the famed Dior illustrator’s body of work will be auctioned off at Christie’s London tomorrow. If a vintage drawing of a Dior fragrance flacon would really pull that room together, best to ready your bids now. [Bazaar U.K.]

Naturally minded makeup maven Josie Maran was in the vanguard with her argan oil-infused cosmetics collection, but her biggest green-leaning tip has nothing to do with products. “[Take] your clothes to a natural and organic dry cleaner. It is better if your body doesn’t absorb chemicals from your clothing on a daily basis,” she advises. [T]

Look out for a lot more of the Donald. In addition to a potential bid for the GOP nomination, he has also trademarked a new brand, SUCCESS BY TRUMP, for use in selling “cologne; perfume; fragrances; after-shave lotions; skin moisturizer; shampoo; conditioner; deodorant; soaps for hand, face, and body; body powder; bath oil; bath gel; bath salts; [and] bubble bath.” Be afraid. [Gawker]

Also venturing into his own fragrance endeavor: Karl Lagerfeld. The Kaiser is said to be at work on a new perfume called Paper Passion, which reportedly smells of books and contains a “fatty nuance.” [Bella Sugar]

Photo: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

A New Exhibition Recalls Vintage Dior Beauty

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Before celebrities posed and pouted for fashion and beauty campaigns, designers turned to illustrators to create compelling advertisements that would spark the imagination of the buying public. In a new exhibition at London’s Somerset House, the iconic work of artist René Gruau, who collaborated with Christian Dior on some of the house’s most famed campaigns, takes center stage. Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty celebrates Gruau’s provocative bold, exaggerated brushstrokes and fluid figures, which perfectly captured “the energy, the sophistication, and daring of Dior,” according to John Galliano. The house’s current designer designed a special dress in homage to Gruau that’s included in the exhibition. Also on view are more than 40 vintage perfume bottles, original sketches, magazine covers, and posters from the Italian artist’s 1940′s-to-1960′s prime. Here, curators Claire Catterall and Vincent Leret chat with us over e-mail about the exhibition, which opens tomorrow and runs through January 9, 2011.

Why did you decide to launch an exhibition of Gruau’s work now?

Catterall: “There has never been a major showcase of René Gruau’s work in the U.K.; in fact, his last big show was in 1997 in the Musée de la Publicité at the Louvre, Paris. This is the first time so many of Gruau’s works have been showcased in one place. Also, Gruau seems to be experiencing a bit of ‘moment’ in London. Serendipitously, as well as being included in the Design Museum’s fashion illustration exhibition Drawing Fashion, the Fashion Illustration Gallery in Mayfair is also holding a show of his work—illustrations for the cover of International Textiles magazine.”

Tell us how Gruau and Christian Dior first met and became friends.

Leret: “René Gruau and Christian Dior’s great friendship dates back to the 1930′s, when both men met on the fashion desk of the French newspaper Le Figaro. They came from the same bourgeois backgrounds, shared the same childhood dreams, and had a very similar upbringing. They both had a strong maternal influence; their mothers were both elegant women from the Belle Époque era who were inspired by their mutual love of luxury and refinement. Each recognized in the other a kindred spirit.”

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