57 posts tagged "Sephora"
The mind-altering orange light and army of “sweaty,” Joan Jett-inspired shag wigs were only part of the story backstage at Marc Jacobs last night. Also causing a commotion: the debut of a few choice pieces of Marc’s forthcoming, first-ever beauty range, for Sephora. “They’re brand-new and only here tonight,” Jacobs’ longtime manicurist, Elisa Ferri, boasted of the two bottles of nail lacquer she held in her hand. The packaging itself is something worth talking about. Flat, wide, and oval, it looks like nothing else on the market. But the formulas are also worth noting, Ferri insisted. Shiny, the clear top coat models wore on their fingers last night, was custom-created with special polymers to have a shocking gloss value at the personal request of Jacobs, who wanted it to resemble the custom coffee table he has in his home that is shellacked with thirty coats of lacquer. The other shade on view, Jezebel—a dark garnet that models wore on their toes—”has incredible payoff,” according to Ferri, who claimed that she got full color coverage in just one coat. The varnishes will join Jacobs’ large-scale rollout of cosmetics when the line launches at the beauty emporium this fall. Thoughts on its first big reveal?
Sui Love By Anna Sui was our first fragrance obsession. True story. After kicking a long preteen addiction to the Bath & Body Works scent collection (that’s what happens when you grow up in the suburbs), the fruity floral that came in the rainbow butterfly flacon seemed, at the time, like a real chic alternative. This was back in the nineties, though, when Sui’s then-nascent beauty line was readily available at all manner of department stores. Following some licensing issues, however, her collection of fun fragrances, flirty cosmetics, and, more recently, nail lacquers, hasn’t been on shelves in the U.S. since, save for at Sui’s small boutique in Soho. Her perfumes have been selling like gangbusters in Asia, however, as you might imagine, with names like Secret Wish, Flight of Fancy, Forbidden Affair, and, Sui’s most recent release, Fairy Dance. Every season at her show in New York, Sui sets up a beauty bar to showcase the product line and, in a way, let us all know what we’ve been missing. But last night at her Fall presentation, there was a sense of optimism afoot. “We’re celebrating a new partnership with Sephora,” her publicist told us as we perused the offerings. That’s right; starting March 7, Anna Sui’s beauty line will be back in the U.S. of A., first via a collection of her four best-selling fragrances, and then, fingers crossed, with the introduction of her rose-scented cosmetics range. Mark your calendars.
Since marijuana became legal in Colorado in November, people have been rejoicing in the herb-turned-recreational-drug—so much so that a new brand is now using the medicinal properties of cannabis in skincare! But because of the high levels of the active ingredients THC and CBD in Apothecanna, as the line is called, consumers must visit a legal medical-marijuana dispensary in Colorado to purchase them. [Daily Mail]
Sephora’s new penchant for designer collaboration, which has seen partnerships with Marchesa, Karl Lagerfeld, and, coming this year, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as well as Marc Jacobs, may outdo similar programs produced by mass-market fashion retailers, if new market research is any indication. While fashion sales continue to slump, there are reports of increases across all beauty categories. [TIME]
Bad news for Diet Coke lovers: New research suggests that soda drinkers—particularly those who prefer beverages of the artificially sweetened variety—are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who don’t drink sweetened beverages. Karl Lagerfeld, take note. [NYDN]
And the BAFTA goes to…the nominations for Best Makeup from the British Academy of Film and Television Art have been announced and include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Anna Karenina, Hitchcock, Les Misérables, and Lincoln. The awards will take place February 10. [Make-Up Artist Magazine]
Fresh on the heels on another set of successful Spring presentations for their lines The Row and its more contemporary counterpart Elizabeth and James, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have officially announced what they alluded to at the latter show just yesterday: Starting next year, the sister duo will be back in the fragrance game, creating a signature Elizabeth and James scent with Sephora. Back in 2006, before the fashion fame, the Olsens dabbled in fragrance with a series of body sprays that were evocative of travel destinations (Malibu Style, London Beat, and South Beach Chic were the toast of the tween beauty game). Their newest perfume project will prove a much more sophisticated offering, and if Sephora’s recent partnership with Marchesa is any example, it should be pretty luxe, too. Stay tuned. [WWD]
Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman has had her hands in a few different honey pots of late. Following the launch of a capsule makeup collection for Le Métier de Beauté a few years back, Canon just announced that Chapman would join Ron Howard’s Project Imagina8ion as the guest director of a short film that will premiere at Project Imaginat10n, the first photography-inspired film festival, next year. Also on her agenda: a new fragrance with Sephora. “We thought it was such a simple idea—and we really loved the idea of the collaborative spirit,” Chapman said at a dinner at New York’s Crown restaurant this week to fête the arrival of Parfum d’Extase, the first fragrance from the fashion house she built with Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig. Taking into account the design duo’s knack for red carpet-ready gowns, it should come as no surprise that the iris root, freesia, violet leaf, night-blooming jasmine, and ambrox eau is meant to be the epitome of luxury—or that Chapman herself has always kept it pretty classy when it comes to signature scents. “I think my first fragrance was Opium in the eighties,” she admits (no brief love affairs with Bath & Body Works’ treasure trove of teen queen fruity florals here). But it’s the scent’s olfactory intrigue that Chapman is most excited about. “We came up with the story of what we wanted [it] to encapsulate, to feel sensual and feminine yet still embrace and celebrate the wearer’s unique style and sensibility, and then we did blind smellings,” she recalls. “We smelled about ten different scents and this one had a mystery. It was a bit intoxicating.” Less deliberation went into the bottle, which Chapman had “a clear idea about” from the get-go: Designed by Malin Ericson of the creative agency Vanessa Stevens + Company, the flacon evokes a raw, bejeweled quartz crystal, its faceted topper a near exact match of a Marchesa minaudière clasp. It’s another phase of what will hopefully be many more crossover efforts from Chapman, although she’s keeping mum on her next move. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”