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If Clarins Were A Woman

3 Feb
by Paige Donner

The international cosmetics brand, Clarins, has a humble beginning. Founded by a man with a vision to provide his patients (yes, he was first a doctor) spa treatments and beauty products that added as much to a woman’s sense of well-being as they did to her outward appearance, Clarins grew into one of the most recognized names in luxury cosmetics today.

To celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary, Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins put together this book of  super strategic tips, compiled from both his expertise in women’s health and beauty and also from a worldwide base of their devoted beauty bloggers who submitted questions to him deserving of worthy answers. The result is, Doctor, I Want To Be The Fairest Of Them All, a delightful book only just translated from the French into English in time for the new year.

Docteur, Je Veux Etre La Plus Belle

That is the title in French and each chapter offers targeted and practical advice. The foreword, offered by Dr. Courtin-Clarins, states that, “Your face tells it all. What a pleasure it is to see life’s contentment harmoniously written there…Over time our faces reflect who we are. They are an expression of ourselves and reveal our personalities.”

Providing Beauty Advice Has Always Been Part of The Clarins DNA

Chapters in this little red book of beauty tips include: Killer Legs, A Star Even On The Road, A Flat Stomach A Small Waist And A Great Bottom, A Regal Bearing and Forever Youthful…

There are illustrated pages throughout the book and one of them even teaches you a quick morning massage to really wake you up with a sidebar giving you a recipe for a healthy breakfast.  Below, on the same page is a Night Massage to help you sleep well. There is advice to, “from time to time or once a year” do a slimming or firming treatment at the spa.

In short, the book is full of priceless bits of beauty advice and much of it that you can self-administer. And it’s all about whole-body beauty, something that has always been at the root of the Clarins philosophy.

This interview below is excerpted from a special interview given by Prisca Courtin-Clarins, the granddaughter of the founder of the cosmetics line, for the ultra-luxurious Spa My Blend by Clarins that you can find at the Royal Monceau in Paris.

Q&A with Prisca Courtin-Clarins, Director of Strategic Projects and Spa Activities (and blogger on the BeautyFlashBlog.com a Clarins blog)

If Clarins Were A Woman

My preferred virtue:  Respect

My dominant character trait: Kindness

What character trait I most prefer in a man:  Gentleness

What character train I most prefer in women: femininity

My biggest character flaw: Perfectionism

My strongest quality:  Listening

What I appreciate most in my friends: Loyalty

My favorite thing to do:  Research

My ideal of happiness:  The Fountain of Youth

What would be my greatest disappointment:  The extinction of biodiversity

*translation from the French by Paige Donner

Book is available online at Clarins.net.

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Hyères Festival: Céline Méteil Wins

3 May
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Sunday,1 May Hyères, France  The jury, presided over by Raf Simons, unveils the winners: French designer Céline Méteil has won the Première Vision Prize, one of two prizes attributed in the Fashion Competition of the prestigious Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography.

Selected from among ten finalists, Céline Méteil created a collection of airy and structured origami dresses made from jaconas. This stiff and transparent cotton plainweave is ordinarily employed to create a three dimensional muslin prototype of a garment. Her highly architectural clothing entertains a dialogue with the body, building on layers of transparency and lace and shaped in subtle balance with fluid knits.

Baptised “Plié Backstage”, the collection was produced with the support of Sophie Hallette, Mario boselli Yarns & Jersey and TESJ, all PremièreVision exhibitors, and Close to Clothes, a Mod Amont exhibitor.

Céline Méteil, 32,also won the”Prix du Public”,and has worked with John Galliano, Nicolas Ghesquière (at Balenciaga) and Felipe Oliveira Baptista. At thispoint she is aspiring to launchher own brand. This is the first year that PremièreVision, the World’s Premier Fabric Show, has partnered withthe Hyères festival and sponsored one of its prizes, in the amount of 10,000 euros. But the Première Vision Prize goes beyond the awarding of the prize money to the winning young designer.

Première Vision, whose vocation is to further contacts between professionals in this most creativeof fields, is fully committed to this programme to support young design talents, and to building a longterm relationship.

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Interview With Honoré des Prés Founder Christian David

1 Dec

By Paige Donner

Interview with Christian David, founder of Honoré des Prés natural perfumes from France and Greening Beauty Editor, Paige Donner.

GB: 1. What was your background before launching your natural perfume line?
I worked 9 years ago for DIOR in the cosmetics creation department.  At that time I worked with Hedi Slimane to launch Dior Homme Dermo System. Just before launching Honoré des Prés, I worked with Mr. and Mme. d’ Ornano for Sisley and while there discovered their natural and luxury beauty.
GB: 2. Please describe the tradition – metier – of perfume making in France. Is it something you are born into?
Yes, I remember all the launches 25 years ago … like Angel,  J’adore Dior … at this time we had to wait many years for a real novelty from the most beautiful houses of perfumes and it was always an event … We have had a lot of opportunity to preserve all the tradition and the metier of Perfume in France especially in Grasse. I work with Robertet , one of the most beautiful Perfume House in Grasse with such exceptional and natural ingredients … the transformation of all these beautiful and exquisite flowers is a real dream and secret ..
GB: 3. What inspired you to launch a natural perfume line?
To put this secret in the bottle, to explain to the whole world that it’s at this time possible to smell a real flower in your perfume and not just a compilation of chemicals ….
And of course, more than an inspiration but the unique possibility to launch such a special line of perfumes was the day when I met Olivia Giacobetti … one of the world’s top Noses.  For me definitely the best and the first, … without her, this magical story would never begin…
GB: 4. Describe the moment when you conceived of packaging your perfumes in a coffee cup?
You know, sometimes the story is written … this day, in New York after a Coffee  & Cupcake at Magnolia bakery in the West Village, the artistic Director of Honoré des Prés, Ms. Dominique,  looked over at me …. and showed me my Coffee Cup in my hand and, like a song in the street, smiled and said, “It will be the packaging for the NY Collection.”
I promise you that this night, when I took my flight from JFK to paris with this Paper Cup in my hand, I was so happy and excited because I knew now that this paper cup would be a part of the future. Six months later, we launched the collection at colette paris with a big Carrots Party !!!!
GB: 5. how do you see the state of the natural beauty market in France? the U.S.?
Definitely the Future, the Trend …. and the only solution to have new perfumes that don’t look to the others …. We know that so many houses are working on it ….
GB: 6. What does perfume represent to a woman, in your view?
For me , there are two possibilities …. the sensuality  or the intimacy ….the perfume has to be very feminine and sensual to increase the personality of women but it can be very light and intimate to propose a new way of pureness and philosophy …. these 2 opposites are for Honoré des Prés House the sensual Vamp à NY and the purity of Nu Green from the first collection. That is one of my favorites!
GB: 7. It’s courageous to launch a company – of any kind – in this economy. What gave you the motivation?
It’s like a dream. I absolutely don’t have the feeling  like I launched a company. I just know that we write the story of Honoré des Prés and everything that happens is like a new page of the book.  The perfume world is so magical !!! and the natural one will be emotional !
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Fashion Forward – Mode A Paris

4 Oct

By Paige Donner

The designers this season are taking their lines forward. Fashion Forward is what we’re seeing on the runways, backstage, on the streets and in the showrooms.

Fashion Forward - Paris Fashion Week 2010 for Spring Summer '11

From Galliano’s Polynesian Sailor-on-shore-leave motif for Dior to John Paul Gaultier’s flagrant use of 3-D glasses – for his runway show! – which consisted of every inch the three-dimensional plus-sized models in Joan Jett wigs. Beth Ditto, pouring out of her rosette-trimmed teddy for his finale, stole the show.

Givenchy Goes Animal. Photo by Monica Feudi/ GoRunway.com

Givenchy went animal on us.  Raw and untamed, Riccardo Tisci delivered his models to pulsing Techno at the Lyceé Carnot.  Zippers snaked up side seams and flashes of metal punctuated the models’ catwalk.

Eco-Alert: One lone Eco Taxi was spotted outside the Givenchy venue dropping off guests. Guests were holding letter-sized animal-print invitations printed on colored paper.

Change channels to Stella’s show where only Vegans need apply. Lemons and grapefruit  spilled out everywhere. Glee actress 24-year-old Lea Michele, this month’s Glamour Cover Girl, said it was the only show this fur-free animal lover was taking in on her first Paris Fashion season.

Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington sat up front row at Chloe and took notice of MacGibbons SS11 line. Photo by Giovanni Giannoni.

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Chloé was all grown up and elegant…as usual. There’s a reason why Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot have all worn Chloé. In a word, elegant.

Chloé delivered again today. The runway show was held at the Espace Ephémère in the Jardin des Tuileries, and though it started 45 minutes late, designer Hannah MacGibbon delivered to reggae-rasta-rap beats with Anna Wintour in her front row.  In a show of bright whites and nude beiges, the model wearing only a silk sheer blouse raised nary an eyebrow, though Grace Coddington, seated next to Wintour, seemed to take notice.

Somehow it doesn’t surprise that Stella McCartney was at Chloé before she launched her own house.  On my way out, coming face to face with Anna Wintour gave me a jolt of thrills I hadn’t expected. Is it from knowing that the woman commands a part of the billion dollar fashion industry?  Of course, only afterwards I realized I should have asked her what she thought of Eco Fashion. It’s not very often this reporter is caught up in the excitement of a passing moment. Chloé had a packed house and a front row of editors, in addition to Wintour. Though it seemed that the focus of the show was also a bit of a perfume launch.

New Perfume. Commercial directed by Roman Coppola.

And to round this up for October 4th with only two more days of Fashion Week left, Mary-Kate and Ashley showed their new line The Row, by appointment in a lovely salon boasting a boiserie and soaring white ceilings. Elegant suits, freely-flowing bias-cut dresses all in silk satin back crepe. They kept their 15 outfits tight and to a palette of black, pale pink and ivory. That they weren’t quite ready for N.Y. served them well. Where better than Paris to show your Spring Summer ’11 line the first time?! Photos are up on Bing.com.

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