Chanel’s new skincare collection is inspired by classic proportions
The golden ratio has set the standard for ideal proportions since it was first identified in ancient Greece. Now, Chanel is applying its principles to skin care. For its new Le Lift Pro collection, which includes a toning concentrate that redefines the cheeks and jawline and a volume-boosting cream, an architectural approach is applied to maintaining the skin’s structure.
The key component of the line is an enzymatic ingredient produced by tiny bees, which was identified in Chanel’s open-air laboratory in Costa Rica. “It has exceptional properties in the extracellular matrix of the skin, the corset of the skin, a structure that is essential for the architecture of the face,” says Armelle Souraud, Chanel’s international director of scientific communications. She explains that, over time, the skin loses its ability to maintain its structure. The result is that the youthful V shape of the face loosens to become more of an A. Combined with a series of specialized application techniques including facial massage, Souraud says the ingredients in Le Lift Pro “lead to a significant increase in the quality of the skin matrix and its ability to hold the skin in tension.”
To help with the application, Chanel offers an elegant tool inspired by professional massage techniques. “Its ergonomic shape facilitates the penetration of treatments and redefines the volumes and contours of the face to help restore the appearance of the youthful triangle,” says Souraud. –CAITLIN AGNEW
Le Lift Pro Crème Volume, $230, Concentré Contours, $240, Limited Edition Massage Tool, $108 at Chanel Beauty Counters (chanel.com).
The whimsical world of Christian Louboutin extends to children and pets
Soon the whole family will be able to wear red soles. Drawing inspiration from the graphic illustrations of superheroes in comic books, LoubiFamily brings to life the colorful imaginary world of French designer Christian Louboutin through a new line of products for the young and young at heart.
“The idea for LoubiFamily was born during the confinement. For the first time in a long time, I had the opportunity to spend several months in the same place with my closest friends, my daughters and our dog”, says Louboutin. “I wanted to explore the idea of adulthood for children and childhood for adults, transposing fabrics and colors and playing with details.”
The collection includes shoes for children and adults, as well as accessories for pets, all incorporating Louboutin’s signature red. The Melodie Chick ballerina flat features the same scalloped edge as the Hot Chick pump. This recognizable Louboutin silhouette is reimagined for a younger audience in five versatile shades with a press-stud closure. For four-legged friends, leashes, collars and harnesses are studded with spikes in a style reminiscent of Carasky’s collection of studded leather goods. For pet playtime, there’s even a replica spiked Louis shoe—the only Loub you’ll let your dog chew on.
LoubiFamily will debut in New York, London and Shanghai this month ahead of its global launch. A flagship store for the collection is scheduled to open in Paris in 2023.
For more information visit christianloubutin.com.
In New York, Fendi celebrates the 25th birthday of a true fashion icon
Can a single sartorial moment fuel a cultural phenomenon? The quarter century of history of the Fendi Baguette bag would suggest that it is possible.
The elegant Baguette design, conceptualized by Silvia Venturini Fendi and combined with a redesigned logo by Karl Lagerfeld, helped make it one of the first It bags in history. But for many outside of the fashion world, their first introduction to the bag was seeing it tucked under the arm of actress Sarah Jessica Parker as New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw in season three of sex and the city. When a thief demands that he hand over her bag, Bradshaw corrects him. “It’s not a bag, it’s a baguette,” she says. The joke cemented the accessory in fashion history and pop culture.
It’s no surprise then that current Fendi creative director Kim Jones chose the Big Apple to host the Baguette’s 25th anniversary in September. The show was a parade of reinterpretations. Versions of the bag were sewn onto baseball caps and silk socks or displayed as pockets on sweaters and jackets. There were also a variety of collaboration versions. Tiffany & Co lent its signature blue to handbags and clothing, including an opera coat worn for the show’s finale by supermodel Linda Evangelista. Japanese luggage brand Porter created a utility version in durable reinforced nylon, and Parker herself co-designed a sequined version.
The highlight of the night was a finale of 10 looks by designer Marc Jacobs, the iterations of which reflected the designer’s penchant for grandiose silhouettes. It was the kind of headline-generating show that will probably keep the Baguette at the top of mind for another 25 years.
For more information visit fendi.es.
Picton’s Russ & Co. might be Canada’s hottest cocktail bar
Stepping into the warm glow of Russ & Co., a dimly lit boîte under the awning of the Regent Theater on Main Street in Picton, Ontario, is like stepping back in time. The painted tin ceiling, burlwood paneling, and shelves arranged in an artful mess of books, vintage trophies, and taxidermy look from the same era as the movie theater from around 1918. But this cozy cocktail bar is the new kid on the town. block.
Along with artist Christine Flynn, who designed the bar and is also a partner in the business, owners Russ Coughlin and Rob Laine wanted to “create a space that feels like it’s been there for years,” says Flynn. The room is lined with elaborate cabinets that once outfitted a turn-of-the-century pharmacy in Hungary. “It came in what seemed like a million pieces,” she says, recalling the painstaking installation. “Now it seems like it’s been here forever.” That apothecary elegance was key to everything from the antique glassware to gallery walls lined with photographs found in local archives.
Likewise, Russ & Co.’s cocktail menu evokes the past through twists on the classics. The Viva Chile is a pisco sour that is swapped with bourbon-infused vanilla simple syrup and adds a warm note through a hint of vanilla-fig bitters. Sex in the County, their popular version of Cosmopolitan, is in autumn mode, transformed by blueberry-infused simple syrup and bourbon-infused vanilla into one sensual sip.
For parties, the Pumpkin Spice Sour is a smoother version of a whiskey sour with subtle hints of pumpkin pie filling, while Blood in the Water, an easy-drinking gin cocktail named after the county’s surfers. from Prince Edward, features a chartreuse green rinse and blood orange aperitif. During the winter, expect more experimentation, like a cold-brewed martini with Cherry Valley’s Stone Temple Coffee.
For more information visit therussandco.com.
Kwento captures a whimsical feel to pastels
Food entrepreneur Shannon Nocos had no intention of making a name for herself through baking. But like so many others during the pandemic, she found that her Toronto business, Kwento, needed to adapt and she happily found success in that change. “The items she was making were smaller portions,” says Nocos of the tempting delights, from tarts to Sapin-Sapin, a coconut-rice dessert dish from her ancestral Philippines, that made up Kwento’s initial offering. . While they were all delicious, they were not what customers wanted at the time.
So Nocos pondered what larger-scale delights he could create and landed on wacky cakes. “I had to turn in a direction where I was like, okay, what can I do if I just keep practicing what I’ve learned to some degree and still be creative?” Kwento now sells nearly 200 cakes a month, including vegan and gluten-free options that capture the decadent direction of his imagination.
In contrast to the social media-driven trend of cakes that don’t look like cakes, Kwento’s aesthetic is sociable, nostalgic, and way ahead of cakes. Playfully icing cascades, fringes and swoops. Cherries, occasionally dipped in glitter, as well as sumptuous flowers and fruit, are often used to top their dazzling treats.
Kwento cake flavors range from carrot to Ube or Pandan chiffon, choices that hint at Nocos’ passion for his heritage. This celebration of culture is also evident in non-edible products. Toronto-based artist duo Munggo have featured Kwento pastels on a sweet line of stickers, a T-shirt, and a tote bag. – ODESSA PALOMA PARKER
For more information visit make-kwento.com.