François Nars and Steven Klein first met on a set 20 years ago. The pro­lific pho­tog­ra­pher talks about their dar­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion for the Nars Steven Klein hol­i­day col­lec­tion. By Li Ying Lim.

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François Nars was very forth­com­ing in want­ing me to do what I do. I love the idea of not shoot­ing im­ages for a cam­paign, but us­ing archival pho­tos. What François said to me was key, be­cause I'm al­ways re­stricted. He said, “If we use your strong­est im­ages, we want you. We love what you do and I want your vi­sion.” How could you refuse an of­fer like that?


We’re both very busy in our own worlds and we don’t nec­es­sar­ily hang out all the time, but we do un­der­stand what the other is do­ing. We both have al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated each other’s work.


I was work­ing with another cre­ative per­son, col­lab­o­rat­ing di­rectly with him [Nars]. He’s the one in con­trol, so he doesn’t have to go through this cor­po­rate board to crush ideas. The col­lec­tion was based on my im­ages that ex­isted as op­posed to cre­at­ing im­ages that were in­spired by the prod­ucts.


I look for all kinds of ob­jects and ma­te­ri­als that I like to deal with. With beauty, I like the idea of mas­cu­line el­e­ments mixed in with fem­i­nine el­e­ments. They re­ally al­most need that yin and yang.


Beauty can be a god­dess or it can be a beast. I think it’s more how the eyes are look­ing at it, how one per­ceives it. I don't think there is any de­fin­i­tive idea be­cause I think beauty ex­ists in ev­ery­thing.


I like the bul­let idea, the idea of war, but it’s also a lip­stick. I like the im­ple­men­ta­tion of both el­e­ments. In these pic­tures from the cam­paign, they’re al­most like a sur­re­al­ist vi­sion of beauty. I think as a whole, it has a state­ment about look­ing at beauty from a dif­fer­ent point of view. Avail­able at Nars stores na­tion­wide.

Hu­moresque, from Steven Klein’s archives, on the Nars Steven Klein Hu­moresque Au­da­cious

Lip­stick Cof­fret

Steven Klein If François Nars is all about au­da­cious make-up, then Steven Klein is the mas­ter of provo­ca­tion. Dark, sen­sual, ex­treme, and chal­leng­ing in his vi­sions, Klein is equally pri­vate and se­lec­tive when it comes to col­lab­o­ra­tions. “Peo­ple I feel are very dif­fer­ent and new,” he says, “so do­ing one with Nars was a no-brainer. He en­dorsed what I do as a pho­tog­ra­pher and didn’t use me as a ser­vice to pro­mote a lip­stick or an eye­shadow. That was unique and it is very, very rare these days that peo­ple will come to cel­e­brate your pho­tog­ra­phy.”

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Hu­moresque Au­da­cious Lip­stick


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