In 2010 L’Oreal announced that Shu Uemura would close its US operations leaving ladies in the States with the option of ordering favorites like eyelash curlers, falsies, and makeup remover online. As somewhat Shu Uemura obsessed, I always make sure to hit up their Paris store in Saint-Germain for a proper tactile experience. Nothing beats dabbing some lipstick on your hand and smelling a new cream! Last time I was in town I headed over with makeup artist Michelle Rainer for a little tour of the best products that everyone can use.
“I’m from California and was going to college at UC San Diego and studying biology — I’m a complete nerd [laughs] — and then I got scouted on the street. I had a test shoot and the next thing I knew, I was in Paris for fashion week. My agent told me that Christian Dior and Prada wanted to meet me, but at the time I had no idea who those designers were. I had never really looked at fashion magazines growing up. So I moved to Paris and the day I landed, I met John Galliano and he basically started my career.”
“I work as an Illustrator and I went to school for that. I have been working freelance for about four years now. I moved to New York three years ago from Scotland, which is where I’m from. I guess it really took off once I moved to New York, it developed pretty organically with a lot of interesting people that I was meeting that are designers and photographers. I do a lot of different projects, which I love. I’m naturally drawn to working with literature. All of my personal stuff is taken from characters in books; I lean towards a kind of melancholy, old-fashioned aesthetic with tragic female characters, like Tess of the D’urbervilles [laughs], Anna Karenina — the really sad stories. I like to take sad stories and try to make something beautiful for them to preserve it and retell it in that way. I’ve also been doing a lot of fashion and photography work, which has been really exciting. I feel like there is a new place for illustration in editorials and magazines. I’ve also been doing a lot of kids work recently, which is something I never thought I would do. I finished illustrating my first children’s book for Anthony Crane that will be published this year. He wrote a very magical old-fashioned story that rhymes; it was such a treat to get into that world. I feel very very lucky to be able to dedicate all of my energy to my work.”
“I grew up a book worm, scribbling little poems and stories in notebooks, but always assumed I was going to be a ballet dancer. When that didn’t work out, I had to figure out what I wanted to do with my life [laughs]. While studying English and Women’s Studies in school, I was lucky enough to meet Sally Singer. I interned for her at Vogue and was blown away by her approach to fashion journalism. I’ve never felt more inspired. Working in fashion news and features you learn so much because you are talking about fashion constantly on so many levels – understanding the most intricate details and why they are important. Plus, I am meeting young designers and new creative people all the time, and how fun is that. What I do now at T Magazine is helping to create the front of book fashion – which embodies everything from creating ideas to seeing them through to the pages of T. At the New York Times and T, it’s sort of amazing because it’s not just industry people reading the features – we have such a broach reach and scope. Sally is brilliant at showing people’s natural beauty at home and in their life. And it’s a brilliant thing to be a part of.”
“I grew up in Australia and I lived in England for a long time, as well as Italy and in France — I traveled a lot so it was a real conglomerate education for me, aesthetically, through the years. The salon is a little mix of all the things I’ve seen. A lot of things that come into the shop are pieces that I have collected over the last twenty years via traveling and antiquing. All the animals came from parks and zoos. None of them were killed — we have certificates for them all, so I can actually travel with them. She is first one we bought (points to the panther), Sybil.