Emma Watson was the belle of the ball as band, Puggy, provided the entertainment at a lavish party thrown by Lancome at Paris' Pavilion Gabriel. It was Watson's first official outing as the new face of the brand's Treson line - 3 months after the news broke.
The guestlist included everyone from Alber Elbaz to Mario Testino who shot the actress for her Burberry campaigns as well as for the Watson's Treson Midnight Rose print campaign - they will also be working together again on a US Vogue cover due out in July. “The great thing about Emma is that she’s a chameleon; she can communicate anything you ask,” Testino revealed.
Watson, wearing a Black and white Azzaro dress, explained that "Being a Lancôme ambassadress today is an immense pleasure and a great honour. For me, Lancôme is an authentic brand. It reflects elegance, class and style.”
Daria Werbowy is the perfect Victoria's Secret candidate, so it's no surprise that the brand wanted to get their hands on her. According to The Imagist, they were in a bidding war with Lancome back in 2005 before Werbowy decided to sign with the cosmetics giant.
"It was down to the wire till the last moment," reported the Imagist. "Two power clients bidding at the same time for the exclusive services of [Werbowy]. And then the negotiations swung the way of Lancome, and the rest is contract history."
Moving from her usual residence in New York to London - "My boyfriend [Robert Konjic] is in London, so I'm spending the summer here, I've been here for a couple of months now," she tells Grazia - Julia Restoin-Roitfeld isn't in the capital purely for leisure. Style.com reports that the design management graduate is the face of the forthcoming Lancome collection for Spring, Ultra Lavande, and was recently shot by Mario Testino for the campaign.
Alongside modelling for the beauty brand, Restoin-Roitfeld has taken on the role of creative consultant for Mark Fast's lower-priced line, Faster, and was on set to offer her advice for the line's Fall lookbook on Tuesday. "It started after I saw two friends wearing [Mark's] dresses [one of which was model Anouck Lepere]. I was asking 'Who designed those dresses! I want one!'" she explains of how she came about the position. "I especially wanted to wear one for the Cannes film festival, and that was my first dress by Mark."
"So that's how we met. Amanda [Mark's Art Director] heard that I was working doing creative consulting. So they asked, and I was very happy to work with him and bring my ideas to the brand. Mainly it's about being able to bring an outside point of view because they [Mark's team] all work together already. [I] mostly [work] on branding, and the image of the brand."
Remember that moment when Holly Golightly, a.k.a., Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, puts on that gorgeously simple black sheath dress? The dress that future generations of women would refer to as the LBD or the Little Black Dress? Or one could always argue that the LBD was championed by Coco Chanel when she showed off a calf-length black dress in Vogue in 1926. Oh god, I really am showing my age! I’m only 33 but am ever such an old soul.
This dress transcends social classes, is widely accessible and is always reliable when one needs to look smart, casual or effortless, depending on how and what is worn with it. (I suppose it's the Swiss Army knife of dresses.) And just as the LBD has become a stalwart item in every woman’s wardrobe, the world of make up has equivalents that I feel every woman should have. These products are the ones you know will always work for you and depending how you wear them, they'll give you a multitude of looks. Mind you, these aren’t just for you ladies - for me, as a make up artist, I would never be without them as well. On many an occasion, these LBD items have saved my life on photo shoots or fashion shows.
So what's on the LBD make up list? And how can you use these few products in ways you probably never considered?
Just because I say so does not make this the gospel of make up - I'm about to give you the key essential products I think people should have in their kits, be it professional or personal. Of course, there are different opinions but it’s my column and I’ll type if I want to!
I still remember when I first started and decided I was an Artiste - and I could make do with only a few products, and just as an artist would mix paints to get different colours, I deliberately kept only key items so I could create different colours whenever I wanted. For a while it sufficed, but as my jobs became more varied and demanding, I realised that, yes, maybe I do need a few more items in my kit!
When I started doing London Fashion Week and had a day of four shows back to back, my kit needed a major refurbishment to work with the crème de la crème of the fashion world. Thankfully, by this time I was starting to get regular work and had become more aware of what each season's trends for products, textures and colours would be. Anyway I digress, so here we go.