Estée Lauder announces Violette as new Global Beauty Director

Parisian make-up artist Violette has been announced as Estée Lauder’s new Global Beauty Director. The appointment will see Violette collaborate with the Estée Lauder team on product development, digital content creation, education and training.



“I am so honored to work with the Estée Lauder brand,” said Violette. “Estée was such a visionary and is still an inspiration for women today. She understood beauty is a way of expressing yourself, a way to celebrate femininity. And that is also my philosophy. I can’t wait to connect with women everywhere as part of this brand and take them on this journey with me.”

Violette has worked with renowned photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Camilla Akrans, Mario Sorrenti and Mert & Marcus. She regularly contributes to publications such as American and international editions of Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR, W, T Magazine and Violette recently launched her own YouTube channel, where she shares her coveted French girl beauty secrets.

Kowtow gets behind World Refugee in the best possible way

Our fave local ethical fashion pioneer, Gosia Piatek, the brains behind Kowtow – you can read our full interview with her here – and her team have just launched two charity T-shirts to get behind World Refugee Day.

It’s a cause that’s close to Piatek’s heart: she came to New Zealand as a refugee with her parents from Poland. “To me, there is no other bigger topical issue than the current refugee crisis. Knowing we can provide ease to a family or add kindness to life, and without adding any more hardship is the least we can do as a human race,” she says.

Both of the T-shirts are based on the current AW 17 ‘Dreamscape’ collection. 100% of the proceeds raised from sales will go towards the Red Cross and its community refugee resettlement programs in New Zealand.

Shop the Kowtow Heart House tees here.