FACES OF SUM­MER François Nars’s days pho­tograph­ing in Côte d’Azur were brought to life un­der Kon­stantin Kaka­nias’s il­lus­tra­tive pen. Li Ying Lim gets the ex­clu­sive.

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Count on the epony­mous brand mogul François Nars to con­tinue to shock and sur­prise. Fol­low­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Steven Klein for 2015’s hol­i­day col­lec­tion, Nars has fused cre­ative brains with il­lus­tra­tor Kon­stantin Kaka­nias this time for its sum­mer col­lec­tion. The re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tion is a panoply of sum­mer-in­fused il­lus­tra­tions to go with sug­ges­tively named make-up—Topless, Get Dirty, Sex­ual Con­tent, and Deep End. Af­ter all, he de­signed Diane von Fursten­berg’s Won­der Woman comic book, as well as tex­tiles for Yves Saint Lau­rent and Chris­tian Lacroix. This is also the man who has had his cre­ations ex­hib­ited in mu­se­ums, as well as New York’s Basel Art Fair and pres­ti­gious Ar­mory Show. The pos­si­bil­i­ties for his art are lim­it­less, but fash­ion will al­ways be the beat­ing heart of his work. Walk us throught this col­lab­o­ra­tion process with Nars. I’ve ad­mired the work and style of François Nars for some time, so when Nars ap­proached me, I im­me­di­ately ac­cepted. The brand is so ex­cit­ing—di­rect, con­tem­po­rary, bold, sexy, and au­da­cious, yet so ap­proach­able. Those lit­tle black boxes are mag­nets of beauty! Was it all Nars’s colours in your il­lus­tra­tions? Es­sen­tially. François loves the Côte d’Azur and wanted to play with the idea of a fash­ion­able beach mo­ment, lived out through colour and lit­tle es­capes. So, I tried to imag­ine the whole sit­u­a­tion, es­pe­cially the colours, and cap­ture spe­cial mo­ments within it. What was the most chal­leng­ing bit about work­ing on this col­lec­tion? I had to look at my vi­sion through an­other lens, which is ve very chal­leng­ing, but also very ed­u­ca­tional for me. Ev­ery time I col­lab­o­rate with a bran brand, I find an­other layer of my­self that I didn’t know ex­isted. Tel­lTe us about your cur­rent ob­ses­sion, or some­thing you arear ex­plor­ing at the mo­ment. I Ih have had a very close re­la­tion­ship with Mrs. Tepen­dris, my fic­tional hero­ineh [for The New York Times Mag­a­zine]. I have cre­ated books, films,fi ex­hi­bi­tions, ce­ram­ics, and thou­sand of draw­ings based on her lifel ad­ven­tures. What kind of woman did you have in mind when cre­at­ing these il­lus­tra­tions for the col­lec­tion? She is fun, chic, and dar­ing. Do you have a usual spot where you would work on your art? Def­i­nitely in­doors! Avail­able at Nars stores na­tion­wide.

Kon­stantin Kaka­nias’s il­lus­tra­tion of François Nars pho­tograph­ing a su­per­model

Kaka­nias’s il­lus­tra­tion for Nars Dual- In­ten­sity Eye­shadow in Pool Shark Nars DualIn­ten­sity Eye­shadow in Pool Shark

Nars Lip Cover in Mem­bers Only

Nars Dual- In­ten­sity Blush in Lib­er­a­tion

Nars DualIn­ten­sity Eye­shadow in Deep End

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