144 FRENCH KISSES

A big-hearted sea­sonal col­lec­tion by L’oc­c­i­tane.

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents - BY SHONAGH WALKER

If the pointy end of the year should be about any­thing, surely it should be fun, fes­tiv­ity and frivolous­ness. But it should also be a time of giv­ing back and hon­our­ing our loved ones, our planet and those we share it with. One com­pany that recog­nises this is French skin­care and fra­grance brand L’oc­c­i­tane en Provence. Long famed for its fab­u­lous fes­tive of­fer­ings such as its ad­vent cal­en­dar and gor­geous gift sets for pam­per­ing the body from top to toe, L’oc­c­i­tane sets the 2018 fes­tive sea­son soar­ing through the night sky in col­laboration with one-of-a-kind Paris fash­ion house Castel­ba­jac. The house of Castel­ba­jac is famed for its use of pri­mary colours, bold shapes and unique graph­ics. Celebrity fans in­clude Katy Perry, Madonna, Kanye West, Dita Von Teese and Lady Gaga, who once wore a jacket by the brand made en­tirely of Ker­mit the Frogs — a spir­i­tual part­ner piece to the teddy-bear coat worn by Madonna and by He­lena Chris­tensen in Robert Alt­man’s 1994 fash­ion film par­ody, Prêt-à-porter. Now, the house in­fuses its fan­tas­ti­cal, whim­si­cal sense of fun into L’oc­c­i­tane’s Christ­mas line-up,‘ dress­ing’ the cos­met­ics in pack­ag­ing de­signs that are as en­chant­ing as the prod­ucts are func­tional — think shoot­ing stars, cres­cent moons and aligned plan­ets on bold blue, yel­low and red. As with all L’oc­c­i­tane prod­ucts, the sea­sonal re­leases will be man­u­fac­tured via long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ships with grow­ers in Provence, thus sup­port­ing the re­gion. All pro­duc­tion prac­tices meet the high stan­dards set by L’oc­c­i­tane and are as gen­tle on the planet as pos­si­ble. L’oc­c­i­tane’s en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­ment mar­ries beau­ti­fully with Castel­ba­jac’s ‘happy cul­ture’ ethos.the col­laboration is a per­fect pair­ing born of a love of fun and re­spect for our world, in­tended to fill the sea­son with joy, gen­eros­ity and love. “We only have one planet and one shot at pre­serv­ing it for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” says L’oc­c­i­tane’s Aus­tralia-based brand man­ager, Julie Chan. “That’s why it’s so im­por­tant to us to de­velop prod­ucts that are in­creas­ingly re­spect­ful of both mankind and the world we live in.” The first re­lease from the col­lab is the Shea But­ter Hand Cream (from $15), part of a line-up of cov­etable cos­met­ics from the True Em­pow­er­ment of Women in Burk­ina Faso range, which sup­ports Burk­in­abé women. Other prod­ucts in­clude the Al­mond Shower Oil, $39, the prof­its of which aid lo­cal farm­ers, and Shea Won­der­ful Rose Lip Balm, $16, help­ing un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren all over the world. Mil­lions of Pairs of Eyes Sol­i­dar­ity Soap, $6, is avail­able year-round, with all prof­its go­ing into L’oc­c­i­tane’s part­ner­ship with Unicef to help pre­vent blind­ness and aid the vis­ually im­paired. In 2017 alone, this ini­tia­tive raised some $1.6 mil­lion to­wards sup­ply­ing more than 400,000 chil­dren in Pa­pua New Guinea, Bo­livia and Myan­mar with vi­ta­min A sup­ple­ments to sup­port healthy eye­sight, and the project aims to pro­vide eye care to 10 mil­lion peo­ple by 2020. Com­pletely creative and sea­son­ably silly, the L’oc­c­i­tane en Provence x Castel­ba­jac col­laboration is also ut­terly ir­re­sistible. What could be bet­ter than help­ing oth­ers as we spoil our­selves?

Above: Katy Perry front row; a run­way look; the Ker­mit jacket.

A Castel­ba­jac look on the run­way, and be­low. Right: L’oc­c­i­tane x Castel­ba­jac Shea Won­der­ful Rose Hand Cream, $15, Shea De­light­ful Tea Shower Foam, $39, and Shea Lip Balm, $16

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