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The 411: Vanessa Bruno


Many a style page has been devoted to the dissection and exultation of that certain breed of laid-back, graceful dressing most often associated with French women. Their ability to look polished but breezy, put-together but never rigid, is a tough balance to strike, but it’s that precise form of insouciant chic that designer Vanessa Bruno has become known for—and that she continues to pioneer with every collection she presents. For the past decade or so, Bruno’s devoted fans wait with bated breath for the Paris-based designer’s shows to witness her take on down-to-earth fashion that references everything from seventies bohemia and her elegant Danish mother to traditional menswear suiting—all of which are likely to be on display at her presentation on Friday. In the interim, we’re content to mine a list of her favorite local beauty haunts—and one SoCal standby.

The Skincare Wizard: Hervé Hérau
“This man is a magician! He analyzes the skin of each person and makes a diagnostic in reference to your feeling and well-being of the moment. I see him once per month, at home, and that’s a luxury.”
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The Exercise Routine
“I do Pilates a minimum of twice a week, when I find time, of course. Sport is an important part of my daily life, as I bike every day to go to work, so I really can’t imagine living without it.”

The Muscle Relaxer: Les Bains du Marais
“This place is the best for me, as the masseur always has a lot of strength—strength is very important for me, because I am like a rock! I also found a wonderful masseur in New York, named Jamie, at the La Prairie Spa at the Ritz hotel.”
33 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, 75004 Paris;

The Dye Do: Alain Silvani “My hair is a big deal. Once a month, my colorist and friend Alain Silvani takes care of it. My baby-blonde hair needs special treatment. I usually use Wella products afterward to maintain the color.”For more information, visit

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Sunday Riley—And Her Makeup Line—Make A Cameo Backstage At Vanessa Bruno


After breaking the news that Sunday Riley Makeup would be debuting backstage at Vanessa Bruno this week in Paris, the verdict on the skincare guru’s first foray into color cosmetics is in: It’s totally awesome. “They’re great textures for the public—very consumer-friendly,” face painter and Sunday Riley Makeup color consultant Diane Kendal said of the full product range that includes everything from foundations and powders to eye shadows, lipsticks, and liners. To create what she described as “a very Vanessa girl—Jane Birkin, a bit sixties,” Kendal dipped into Riley’s new Liquid Light Foundation, layering it over her cult-favorite Juno Transformative Lipid Serum for dewiness. Dabbing Riley’s Lipstick in Havana Heydey, a peachy pink, onto cheeks—”it’s slightly greasier and adds more shine,” Kendal said of using lipstick rather than a cream blush—she dusted lids with the new Eye Color in Aspen Snow, an iridescent white, lining the top lash line with Riley’s Velvet Gel Eye Pencil in Black.

Riley herself was also on hand to talk about the new offerings. “We didn’t want to just do a capsule collection,” she said about the three-year process that went into meticulously crafting every single piece of the range. As for her favorites, that honor goes to Havana Heyday and her foundations (there are two, a lighter fluid formula and a cream for more coverage). “I wasn’t ever really a big foundation wearer,” the porcelain-complected Riley admitted of life before her makeup line. “But now I can never go back.” (Pro tip: Riley likes to mix her foundation with her Cashmere SPF 30 Advanced Sun Defense and dots it with Juno Serum for added radiance). Be advised that there’s also a pretty fantastic tinted primer that’s got our name all over it.

Photo: Courtesy of Sunday Riley

Vanessa Bruno, Bottled


While Vanessa Bruno channeled that classically French je ne sais quoi embodied by women like Jane Birkin at her Spring show this afternoon in Paris, she looked to her Danish roots (her mother Dorothee was a popular Scandinavian supermodel in the sixties) for her first foray into beauty. “The idea was to give off a feeling of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale—La Reine de Niege [The Snow Queen] in a scent,” Bruno says of her debut fragrance, a collaborative effort with Biotherm. Seeing as how L’Eau, as the rose, lily of the valley, and fir mist is called, will have a limited run in Europe from October to December, the holidays were definitely on Bruno’s mind when she was sifting through notes. “Christmas is a very important time of year in Denmark, so I tried to create a sense of freshly fallen snow, of white, of crystal—something a natural woman would wear.” (The ethereal ad campaign featuring model Sasha Pivovarova, styled by Bruno, as a tulle and crystal-encased snow angel gets that point across loud and clear). As for the perfume itself, which was created by Bernard Ellana, the nose behind recent offerings from Versace and Jil Sander, Bruno describes it as “a gentle smell.” “Personally, I don’t like heavy, imposing fragrances, and this is the opposite—a little spray in the morning gives a sense of lightness throughout the day.” There are currently no plans to bring the bottle stateside, but if you too have the holidays on the brain—your wish list, in particular—the time to reach out to altruistic friends (or remote acquaintances) across the pond is now.

Photo: Courtesy of Biotherm

Sunday Riley The Makeup To Make Its Debut In Paris


When we first caught wind of the news that Sunday Riley was hard at work on a complete collection of colored cosmetics last season backstage at Jason Wu, we had a lot of questions. First and foremost, when would we be able to get our hands on it, and who from the face-painting world would Riley wrangle as a co-conspirator on the project? Following a number of encounters with Riley on the Spring show circuit, both questions have been answered: The line will bow in October and will feature the makeup magic of Diane Kendal—she of Proenza, Alexander Wang, and Thakoon backstage fame—who has signed on as color consultant. “Sunday’s dedication to great ingredients while being very eco-conscious is an unusual combination in the beauty industry,” Kendal recently told of her rationale for teaming up with Riley. “I find it refreshing,” she continued, “and felt I could really get behind someone who is so forward-thinking.” While there are still a few weeks before the official debut of what we can only imagine will be a series of truly exceptional, green-leaning products with amazing, skincarelike textures, we just found out that we’ll be getting a sneak preview of them in action this week in Paris. Kendal will be premiering the line this Sunday backstage at Maiyet, followed by an encore performance at Vanessa Bruno on Monday. We’ll definitely report back on how it performs in the trenches. Stay tuned.

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Designer Fragrance: The Good, The Bad and the Trippy


Vanessa Bruno has officially entered the beauty game. The French designer has just inked a deal with Biotherm to release L’Eau, a limited-edition perfumed mist that will debut in France in October (yes, we will try to get our hands on an an advance copy while we’re in Paris for the shows). [WWD]

Perfume collaborations can, of course, be less sweet and more sour. That’s what Prince recently discovered when he was ordered to pay $4 million to Revelations Perfume & Cosmetic after backing out on a deal to support 3121, a signature scent named after his album of the same name. [NYDN]

They can be down right trippy, too. After the debut of a few teasers, Dior’s much-anticipated new commercial for J’Adore Dior has finally broken—and it was worth the wait. The ad stars the fragrance’s long-standing face, Charlize Theron, alongside a surprise supporting cast that includes Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe—all digitized in surprisingly realistic fashion. [Huff Po]