20 YEARS & ONE PRI­VATE IS­LAND LATER ...

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Fashionable Life -

favourite blush, Or­gasm, and pho­tograph­ing long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Marc Ja­cobs top­less and painted up to glossy red per­fec­tion. “When you are young, you are fear­less,” he says, as he shares a quiet laugh with Nars in­ter­na­tional lead make-up stylist Lena Kora. “Oh, that’s true,” says Kora. “François was like a god to me. When we met al­most two decades ago at a Fer­retti show in Mi­lano and he said, ‘If you ever find your­self in New York … ’ I packed my bags and went to New York. It was a dream come true.” “Oh, I’m sure there was some drama … No dreams with­out drama.” Kora smiles: “But you won’t find a more gen­er­ous teacher.” It’s the stuff of beauty-in­dus­try le­gends, how this French­man took NYC by storm, his work in ev­ery glossy from Harper’s BAZAAR to Vogue. Up there with the big­gest names in fash­ion, and the brass rings of advertising cam­paigns – Calvin Klein and Ver­sace, thank you – what re­ally set Nars apart was the hunger to cre­ate. Af­ter his lip­sticks hit Bar­ney’s of New York there was no look­ing back and yet he was cre­atively in­sa­tiable. Pho­tog­ra­phy books fol­lowed, start­ing with X-Ray, a vis­ual tome of the fash­ion glit­terati, and then a cou­ple of beau­ti­fully crafted make-up books. But it was the 15th an­niver­sary of Nars that saw the re­lease of 15X15 and marked his in­cred­i­ble re­la­tion­ship with in­dus­try celebri­ties who chan­nelled dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters. Last year, Nars cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary with a cam­paign that starred the one and only Char­lotte Ram­pling and 40 Au­da­cious lip­sticks. He also re­leased his labour of love: Faery Lands, a col­lec­tion of his per­sonal pho­tog­ra­phy of Tahiti.

Which of course begs the ques­tion: Do you ever pause for breath Mr. Nars? This elic­its that nat­u­ral, al­most self-deprecating laugh. “Well, my life now, as cre­ative di­rec­tor of the brand, is very dif­fer­ent. I’m still very in­volved in the cre­ative process – it is im­por­tant to me that we stay true to the brand DNA. An av­er­age day sees me work­ing on my pho­tog­ra­phy books, cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tions – the re­cent one with pho­tog­ra­pher Steven Klein was par­tic­u­larly in­spir­ing – I’m at press launches and over­see­ing

“Motu Tane was de­signed as a space of cel­e­bra­tion for my fam­ily and loved ones. There is a spirit of com­mu­nal­ity about it.” – François Nars

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