October 11, 2016

In the bathroom with Valère Thoelen



You couldn’t have predicted Valère Thoelen would end up in the fashion world. Or was it the influence of the famous Antwerp Six? After studying graphic design at the Antwerp Academy, this solitary aesthete worked for Versace Belgium for ten years before being appointed artistic director of the Antwerp style temple, Verso. From marble to mirrors, we checked out his beauty routine.Continue

May 8, 2016

Nose to nose with Christine Nagel



The hugely influential but discreet Jean-Claude Ellena has given way to the instinctive Italian, Christine Nagel. Side by side but separately, they have created the two most recent Hermès colognes. Christine Nagel answers our questions.Continue

February 9, 2016

Earthy essences



The fragrances that are getting under our skin right now.Continue

December 1, 2015

Lily Barbery-Coulon’s Ring

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Lily Barbery-Coulon is used to talking about beauty for M, Le Monde’s magazine. She talks about lots of other things on her blog, “Ma Récréation”. Interspersed with her unmissable instas (#instagramduh!). She’s a real breath of fresh (Parisian) air, to be read and followed slavishly. Continue

December 1, 2015

Nose to Nose with Céline Ellena

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We could start by saying she’s the daughter of.. but the daughter of whom? Of Jean-Claude Ellena, a venerable gentleman in the world of Haute Perfumery, dedicated nose for Hermès. When Hermès wanted to create a scented candle, its first candle, they did not turn to the father, but to the daughter. Spotlight on Céline.Continue

December 1, 2015

Nose to Nose with Serge Lutens

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At the end of the interview he apologises for not having more time for me. But it was a special hour, a moment out of time, during which the nose (with a capital N) Serge Lutens opens up, sincerely, in his hotel suite. Hand-picked fragments of conversation.