8 posts tagged "USLU Airlines"
Before you even notice the title of Kylie Minogue’s new album (released on Tuesday), you notice her luscious red lips. And yesterday, at Colette in Paris, those lips were cause for quite the commotion when the Australian music artist made a special appearance to launch a lipstick she helped create for the sleek, Berlin-based beauty brand Uslu Airlines. Called “Kiss Me Once,” which also happens to be the name of her album, the deep red bullet came about last minute, according to co-creator Feride Uslu. “Kylie approached us, and I was really flattered because we’re niche,” admitted Uslu, who explained that they only met earlier this year. “All of our suppliers did us big favors, and it happened so fast because she is very loved out there.” It’s certainly a clever cross-promotion—one that simultaneously extends Minogue’s pucker-up message beyond the album and gives Uslu Airlines a pop boost. While the lipstick is the same formulation as the brand’s existing range, settling on the exact shade was not without some back-and-forth. (Uslu overnight-couriered a sample to Australia at one point.) Describing their first rendezvous as a “girly, casual, candy store meeting,” Uslu then presented Minogue with two red tones, and ultimately they opted for a blend of the two. “It’s not too blue, not too pink, not too orange.” Via an e-mail with Style.com, Minogue deemed it the “perfect Kiss Me Once red.”
Browse through images of the sexy star and you won’t find many that suggest a fondness for red lips—something she freely admits. “I have to be in the right mood. And finding that exact shade of red can be tricky.” Of course, now she has one that is uniquely hers. And in the Uslu Airlines tradition, the shorthand name, KMO, also matches an airport code; here’s betting the remote Alaskan city of Manokotak (population: 442) has never before been referenced in the fashion world. The limited-edition rouge à lèvres won’t be around for very long. Colette had already sold out of its supply (which retails for €28) by afternoon. It is still available online via Uslu Airlines and can be purchased as of next Thursday on Minogue’s site. Uslu also assured that the color, if popular enough, will not disappear and may be rolled into the main line. But the Kylie caché was undoubtedly what drew the fans to Colette. Jérémy Jollet-Rodenas and Eddie Milano were near the front of the line that snaked around the sidewalk prior to Minogue’s arrival. Both showed up before sunrise to receive their priority access tickets to the signing. Jollet-Rodenas insisted he will wear the lipstick. Milano prepared to hand Minogue a red rose. In the end, there was no French kissing—perhaps a bit too steamy, even for Paris—although the star did plant her lips on a number of Uslu Airlines promotional postcards and left a sweet “bisous” on the cheek of a young boy (his parents may never wash his face again). Uslu, meanwhile, revealed that she kept a napkin bearing Minogue’s lip print from their trials, offering it as a keepsake to business partner Jan Mihm. She couldn’t resist. “Kylie just has the most beautiful lips.”
Colette, the three-floor emporium on Paris’s historic Rue Saint-Honoré, has, since opening in 1997, become the ultimate local purveyor of cool. And that’s thanks in great part to the careful guidance of its visionary owner Sarah Andelman, who opened the store with her mom, its namesake. What Colette has mastered is offering customers a mix so eclectic it somehow works: Luxe frocks by the likes of Valentino and Givenchy share space with limited-edition T-shirts—and for an exclusive engagement this week, organic indie skincare lines out of Brooklyn. Colette has always been ahead of the curve in the collaboration department, too, hooking up with everyone from haute houses like Burberry and Hermès to Reebok and graffiti artist Kaws. Since style seekers worldwide have come to rely on Andelman’s discerning eye when in Paris, we asked her to reveal a few of her personal favorite destinations for facials, manicures, workouts—and sushi—as the fashion tribe touches down in the City of Light.
The Super Stylist: David Mallett
“The salon looks like an apartment but with beautiful animals looking at you while you get your hair cut. And his own shampoo and hair serum are fabulous; they really help to make hair soft and shiny.”
14 Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 01-40-20-00-23, www.david-mallett.com.
The Skin Savior: Joelle Ciocco
“I am such a fan of her facials and her products. She is very, very talented and no one knows how to treat your skin better. Unfortunately, I don’t find the time to go there, but I love to use her products at home.”
8 Place de la Madeleine, 01-42-60-58-80, www.joelle-ciocco.com.
The Signature Scent: Byredo
“I love the brand and the one that I always wear is the Mister Marvelous fragrance.”
Available at www.byredo.com.
Sophie Dahl’s unforgettable campaign for YSL Opium ranks as the eighth most offensive ad in the last 50 years, apparently. And by offensive, we’re assuming they mean iconic. [Telegraph]
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its classic L’Eau Dynamisante scent, Clarins has taken over the windows at Colette through June 2, showcasing 25 original bottles of the legendary fragrance designed by fashion houses, artists, and designers including Chantal Thomass, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Mugler, and Zadig & Voltaire. [WWD]
And so the movie-inspired nail polish releases continue. Following lacquer lines for everything from The Muppets to The Hunger Games, Deborah Lippmann has released a new varnish duo inspired by Snow White and the Huntsman. [Racked]
The high-stakes games of hotel amenities is getting even higher as big-name chains and smaller boutique brands are rushing to stock their rooms with choice skincare, haircare, nail polishes—and even lipstick; after creating custom nail shades for Hotel Costes in Paris, Uslu Airlines is reportedly working on a lipstick that will be exclusive to the property. [NYT]
As the celebrity hair world turns. Today saw the debut of shorter, lobbed highlights for Olivia Wilde and a flaming magenta dye job for Juliette Lewis, who, it should be noted, dabbled in blue strands long before a certain meat-dress-wearing pop star did. [Daily Mail]
Despite what you may remember from her over-glammed Simple Life days, Nicole Richie swears she doesn’t know a thing about cosmetics. “I can do my own hair, but I cannot do makeup. I don’t even own it. I only own undereye concealer, Maybelline mascara, and an eyelash curler.” [Huff Po]
The new L’eau de Chloé wont be out until the middle of next month, but the first teaser for the fragrance’s Mario Sorrenti-directed video is streaming on Facebook as we speak. [Facebook]
New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn may have called for an end to nail polish collaborations in 2012, but the Ace Hotel has other ideas. The super hip chain has teamed up with Uslu Airlines to launch a dark asphalt gray in-house lacquer. [Racked]
Looks like Lindsay Lohan is getting back on the right track. The suddenly lippy blonde has apparently nabbed her first beauty contract courtesy of FCUK’s new scent, Friction. [Oh No They Didn't]
Nail polish devotees, ourselves very much included, have long been hip to Uslu Airlines, the effortlessly cool Berlin-born brand with an eye-popping array of lacquers. Each bottle is named in honor of a global airport code, which means a goes-with-everything fleshy nude has been attributed to Poland’s WAW, while Hungary’s MQC is immortalized by a head-turning neon pink. The fashion faithful might recall SMV, a super-saturated bright orange hue created in tribute to the tarmacs in Samedan, Switzerland by boundary-pushing designer Bernard Willhelm —one of the brand’s many collaborative efforts, which also includes a collection of DJ-inspired polishes. Uslu’s latest beats-meets-beauty offering is DUS (Dusseldorf), a killer Easter egg shade that also comes with a killer track from homegrown spin doctor DJ Loco Dice. While the dub—or is it house?—jam may not become our regular nail-painting soundtrack anytime soon (that honor is reserved for Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk”), the pale lilac varnish will definitely be on repeat for the rest of the summer.