For the past 25 years, I have drawn inspiration from many beautiful places around the world, from Telluride to the Jersey Shore. But I have to admit: New York, London, and Paris are three of my favorites because the women are so true to their individual style and city’s attitude. This season, Fall 2016, is all about celebrating who you are. From nude skin to pops of color on lips; from glittery lids to cool, edgy, lined eyes, the results are classic and of-the-moment looks that still stay true to my mantra: Be Who You Are. And of course, Who You Are is shaped by where you live—or where you want to live! If you think like a New Yorker, Londoner, or Parisian, you’re halfway there.
So, I created the limited-edition City Collection to celebrate New York, London, and Paris. We teamed up with acclaimed fashion illustrator Richard Haines to design the collectable palettes, with sketches evocative of each city. From the cool New Yorker to the fashionable Brit to the chic Parisian, the palettes and handpicked shades inside perfectly capture what I love about these unique metropolises.
Since this is a collection so important to me, I’d like to personally introduce you to each palette—and share with you some of my favorite things about each city.
New York is where city I moved to after college to pursue my dreams. Pounding the pavement, the opportunities abound. Today, I still see so many young people moving here to pursue their dreams. The New York Palette features Cream Eye Shadow, Champagne Quartz Metallic Eye Shadow, Birch Eye Shadow, Espresso Eye Shadow, and Tawny Blush—a subtle nude color inspired by all the cool girls with off-duty style I see outside my office in SoHo (I’m directly above the Prada store!). I’m definitely a downtown girl myself—I prefer sneakers and jeans over suits and heels. (Yes, at parties and at work!)
To Do: One of my favorite neighborhoods is Chelsea. I especially love the High Line. It’s an old elevated railroad track that now has cool gardens and art installations, as well as food and retail stands. You can walk the length between 14th Street to 34th Street. My husband and I often walk down to 14th Street and stop at the one of my favorite museums, the Whitney, and then head to the Soho House for dinner.
To See: There’s nothing like the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s a must-see. They have great permanent collections but also constantly have interesting special exhibitions. The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit was fantastic and one of my favorites. I recently discovered the Jewish Museum, which had the most amazing Isaac Mizrahi and Helena Rubenstein (a beauty pioneer of the early 20th century—you must Google her) exhibitions this year.
To Eat: Café Clover is the place I go when I want healthy food paired with a cocktail. Their seed crackers and crudités are amazing.
There are so many things I love about London—the people, the accents, the Union Jack flag, the traditions, and, of course, the royals. London has always been an irreverent, fashionable city; it’s the origin city of The Beatles, the Spice Girls, and Kate Moss! My London Palette features Ivory Eye Shadow, Stormy Grey Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Brushed Granite Metallic Eye Shadow, Eclipse Eye Shadow, French Pink Blush. It’s got a touch of traditional pink with a striking navy shimmer powder.
To Do: I love Grays Antiques Market in Mayfair—it has the most amazing vintage Louis Vuitton trunks. When I’m in London, I always visit Liberty (an amazing department store founded 141 years ago) to browse their cool selection of scarves and interesting knickknacks. I tend to wear a lot of jeans so I love Selfridges’ denim studio. It’s the biggest denim department in the world, and I always look for skinny dark denim, my personal favorite.
To See: My absolute favorite home-away-from-home is London’s Connaught in Mayfair—it’s quintessentially English and I get a butler! I especially love the ginger tea that they brew daily from thin-sliced ginger root. I always have a cup (or three) during the day, along with the chilled vodka martini (three olives) after work. Plus, I’ve run into so many friends and cool people there. I’ve had breakfast with Ali MacGraw and tea with Pippa Middleton at this spot.
To Eat: Scott’s in Mayfair is a definite. I never miss an opportunity to go. I order the martini and Dover sole (without butter of course) and spinach. It’s the perfect, simple meal. I also love the Chiltern Firehouse; I actually had dinner there with my team, my son, and Kate Upton, a Bobbi Brown face.
I can people watch all day and night in Paris—and I do. (I recommend sitting by the Seine!) Nothing compares to chic French women and men, who are simple and elegant with some major confidence thrown in. My Paris Palette features Pale Cream Eye Shadow, Nude Peach Eye Shadow, Nude Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Rich Navy Eye Shadow, Nectar Blush. Parisians don’t need bright colors to stand out; chic greys and pinks (and confidence) are all they need.
To Do: I always stop at concept store Merci to buy linen sheets, kitchen items and clothes by new young designers. I love to visit my stores and check out their different neighborhoods, like my store on Rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the 3rd arrondissement right around the corner from Place des Vosges (we also have a store in St. Germain too). I call it our “little jewel box” with its crystal chandeliers and dark wood floors.
To See: As cliché as it sounds, I love the Tuileries (a public garden by the Louvre). It’s a great place to walk or just sit, when I have the chance. My husband and I walk everywhere, even to and from dinner, which is great a great way to burn some calories so we can indulge in tons of bread and cheese.
To Eat: Paris has some of the best food in the world—and yes, I recommend you eat the croissants and the pomme frites! Did you know that croissants in France are unique because of the special butter that is used to pound each flaky layer by hand? You won’t find that anywhere else in the world. Great food here doesn’t have to be expensive, either. I love Pierre Hermé for macarons, Jacques Genin for made to order desserts and caramels, Blé Sucré for croissants and kouign amanns, and Briezh Café for crepes.
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