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Aesop Launches First-Ever Candle Collection Inspired By Ancient Stargazers

Refined skincare boutique Aesop has stepped into the world of aromatic candles with its debut candle range. 

Partnering with master perfumer Barnabé Fillion, the luxury boutique has crafted a trio of aromatic candles inspired by ancient stargazers and mythology.

The ‘Ptolemy’ candle is characterised by smoky, deep green notes of Cypress, Cedar and Vetiver, while ‘Aganice’ blends notes of bright, floral Mimosa with warm aromas of Cardamom and Tobacco.

Finally, the ‘Callipus’ is an earthy candle with notes of Frankincense and Vetiver.

True to Aesop’s pared-down approach, the candles come in minimal and elegant ceramic vessels with a raw alabaster exterior and laser-etched Aesop logo.

Thoughtful design features in every part, with a glazed interior and printed quotation lining the inside and paired with dreamy illustrations by Paris-based artist Mattis Dovier

The collection is available in Aesop stores and online from 12 October, 2020.

CHANEL brings Hollywood to Paris Fashion Week

Models paraded in and out of the giant “Chanel” lettering, transposed from the hills of Los Angeles to the interior of Paris’ Grand Palais exhibition hall, as guests perched on stools at the socially-distanced show.

Fashion labels are only just returning to the catwalk, after shows were cancelled over the summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in Paris only the major luxury brands pressed ahead with physical events.

For this collection, Chanel showcased inspiration drawn from Hollywood’s 1950s heyday – with a French touch.

A short film released before the show paid tribute to actresses such as Jeanne Moreau and Romy Schneider who caught the eye of American directors but also starred in French classics at the time.

 

“I was thinking about actresses at the photocall, on the red carpet, that moment when they’re being called to by the photographers: their faces a little distracted, their attitude a little out of sync with the outfits they’re wearing. And then there are the fans waiting for them behind the barriers, this very lively side to cinema that happens beyond cinema, that’s what I like,” explains designer Virginie Viard,

“This collection is a tribute to the muses of the House. Some of them are far away, it’s been a long time since we saw them. Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld dressed so many actresses in films and in real life. I was thinking about them who make us dream so much. But without wanting to replicate. Without falling into a vintage citation. I wanted it to be very joyful, colourful, and very vibrant too.”

So, alongside the ecru and black tweed suits, are jeans in fluorescent colours, fluid dresses and t-shirts printed with the letters of CHANEL like neon-lights, pale pink capri pants, long dresses printed with little flowers in black and white, or in an ultra-fine tweed, outfits embroidered with sequins, bermuda short suits and layers of asymmetry…

The silhouettes, staged in the collection press kit by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, are embodied by Rianne Van Rompaey, Mica ArganÞaraz and Louise de Chevigny, each one of them in four recurring cinematic situations: on the telephone, looking out of the window, sitting on a bed or walking down the street, just like scenes from a film. An evocation of the Nouvelle Vague, of Italian cinema and of Hollywood. “Because the world of Chanel evokes so many images, a whole unconscious that’s linked to cinema,” concludes Virginie Viard