Diana Reborn, Diana, Princess of Wales by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair July 1997

Mr. Testino is widely recognized for his images that have appeared on the pages of major magazines including  Vogue, V Magazine, Vanity Fair, Allure and GQ among others as well as his campaigns for leading fashion and beauty brands such as such as Gucci, Burberry, Versace, Michael Kors, Chanel, Estée Lauder and Lancôme.  He has documented subjects from A-list stars, musicians, supermodels and artists to people has encountered throughout his travels.  But perhaps his most famous work is the series of images of Diana, princess of Wales that was commissioned by Vanity Fair in 1997.

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  • Magazine: Vanity Fair, July 1997
  • Title: Diana Reborn
  • Model: Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Photographer: Mario Testina

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Fifteen iconographic of these images taken by Mario Testino of the late Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 formed the main  part of an exhibition that opened at Kensington Palace in 2005. The photographes Mario Testino initially shot for Vanity Fair turned out to be the last official portraits taken of the Princess before her untimely death the same year.

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Photographing Diana, Princess of Wales for Vanity Fair in 1997 was one of the most memorable days of my career. I am honoured to have been asked to show some of the photographes frome that day in surroundngs as unique as Kensington Palace and design the rooms that pictures and dresses are to be exhibitted. I hope that the design will reflect my respect and admiration for her in the light celebration of her life.

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Discover Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gloss with Lily-Rose Depp

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On Wednesday, Maison Chanel revealed the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis as the face of its new makeup line. The young star, who turns 18 in May, fronts advertising for Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Gloss, and it’s a must-watch… The Franco-American actress shows off her radiant smile in a playful and sensual campaign from Mario Testino.

After being named as the face of Chanel’s No.5 L’Eau fragrance in 2016, Lily-Rose Depp is captured in an ad campaign for Chanel’s new beauty collection, Rogue Coco Gloss. The beauty ambassador — who recently walked down the brand’s Spring/Summer 2017 runway during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week — highlights the coveted collection in a short video (above), while featuring the different shades of the must-have beauty product. Created by Lucia Pica, Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer, the luscious glosses have a melting gel texture thanks to a ‘hydraboost complex’ formulation, comprising natural waxes of jojoba, sunflower and mimosa, plus a natural coconut oil derivative, to help achieve that long-lasting colour.

Rouge Coco Gloss comes in 24 colors with a variety of effects to suit all tastes, styles and moods, from nude to chocolate brown and several shades of pink, red and purple.

The range of colors and textures is further expanded thanks to three accompanying top coats: a clear topcoat with added sparkle, a translucent neon orange-yellow and a deep black.

To celebrate the release of the Rouge Coco Gloss collection, Maison Chanel is set to launch a series of colourful stickers that will be available to download from the App Store from March 1, 2017. The Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss collection will be available at all leading beauty counters across the world from February 24, 2017.

 

 

 

 

Keira Knightley stars in with Chanel’s Coco Crush Fine Jewellery

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To celebrate the launch of sparkling new pieces in its iconic collection, Maison Chanel has unveiled, its long-time muse, Keira Knightley as the face of its Coco Crush fine jewellery collection.

French Maison Chanel and British actress Kiera Knightley have had a long-standing relationship; she was already the face of the perfume Coco Mademoiselle and the Rouge Coco collection, appeared in the Beauty Talk video series and was even recently honoured by the brand at an exclusive event in New York. That successful partnership looks set to continue as Keira Knightley now fronts the Coco Crush jewellery campaign, photographed by Mario Testino.

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The Coco Crush fine jewellery collection first launched last year, is entirely dedicated to the ‘matelassé’ or quilted pattern seen in a myriad of the French luxury label’s designs from as early as 1920, and most notably, in its best-selling handbags.

Diamond quilting is one of the maison’s signature motifs – alongside pearls, beige, and the cropped black jacket – and can be seen not only in handbags but also in its clutches, jackets, footwear and accessories, and even haute couture.

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A method originating from the equestrian world, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel co-opted the quilted pattern, which made saddles more comfortable for horse-riding, to create the beige cushions on the large sofa in her famous apartment on Rue Cambon in Paris. She would later incorporate that form and style into the 2.55 handbag, launched in 1955.

The jewellery collection brings the ‘criss-cross’ pattern to the forefront in a bold new interpretation, finding inspiration from leatherwork and finely engraving it into gold. In a departure from the label’s more intricate Comète or Camélia collections, the limited-edition Coco Crush pieces showcase refined curves, channeling the essence of motion.

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The Coco Crush pieces are sleek, adorning the finger or the wrist with voluptuous, feminine style. Scalloped edges make for comfortable wear on all occasions.

Dubbed Coco Crush Diamonds, the expanded collection now features two quilted bracelets and four gold rings (all in 18K white or yellow gold) in small, medium and large sizes encrusted with diamonds.

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Discover the new Coco Crush ring and cuff collection now…

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Two cuffs feature the lion, another symbol dear to Coco Chanel (Leo was her star sign as well as lucky charm), engraved in the yellow and white gold, respectively.

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To celebrate the launch of sparkling new pieces in its iconic collection, Chanel turned to its long-time muse Keira Knightley for a candid video campaign.

Similar to the Beauty Talk campaign, the new Coco Crush video ad follows a more conversational format, this time with Knightley answering a series of quick questions that reveals intimate details. Cleverly interspersed are questions on jewellery, allowing the actress to subtly put the spotlight on the new additions to the Coco Crush collection.

 

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Yakymour loves: Chanel’s Rouge Allure Ink

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Chanel is finally realising their own line of liquid lipstick – and it’s called the Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour. And the lip shades are as pigmented as they are put pout perfect…

Power players Kristen Stewart and Mario Testino have reinvented the image of rouge! In the latest campaign for Chanel, the model and her photographer, show us exactly why those picture perfect rich raspberry, ruby red and strawberry shades are a seasonal must. Discover the Chanel Rouge Allure Ink collection now…

 

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Its texture is described as velvety thanks to a blend of polymers, wax and vegetal oils, while the formula has a long lasting power up to six hours. The formula is enriched with jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E to keep your lips soft throughout the wear. The Chanel Rouge Allure Ink collection is availble in eight beautiful colors:

  • 140 Amoureux – pink-beige
  • 142 Creatif – fresh pinnk
  • 144 Vivant – coral
  • 146 Seduisant – bright pink
  • 148 Libere – bright red
  • 150 Luxuriant – red and pink
  • 152 Choquant – dark red
  • 154 Experimente – red plum

You find your favourite Rouge Allure Ink sitting pretty on Chanel’s beauty counters and selected stores.

 

Lily James stars in My Burberry Black campaign

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Actress Lily James stars in her first ever advertising campaign for a label, and for Burberry no less. Lily James succeeds British models Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne, who are the current faces of My Burberry. She called following in their footsteps ‘an honour’.

Lily James – best known for her role as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey and for playing Cinderella in the 2015 Disney film – is shown provocatively in nothing but a black trench coat, dancing in the rain under an umbrella. The British singer-songwriter Duffy sings ‘I Put A Spell On You’ in the background.

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The steamy campaign was shot by the iconic photographer Mario Testino, under the creative direction of Burberry’s CEO Christopher Bailey, and, in a first for the brand, Lily James also took over its Snapchat today in anticipation of the company’s first sponsored Snapchat lens. The British actress features in several provocative shots, channeling the seductive fragrance of the new My Burberry Black.

The global launch of the sexy new fragrance last year was inspired by the heritage label’s (now combined holistically under the Burberry brand) black trench coat and created by legendary perfumer ‘wonder boy’ Francis Kurkdjian.

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The fragrance evokes the sensory appeal of being in a London garden amidst a gathering storm, heavy rain, contrasting with the warm and captivating flora.

The woman who wears My Burberry Black is confident in her own skin, intense and sensual and I think we really captured this with the campaign. My Burberry Black is about embracing your sensuality and the confidence in yourself. It’s British and fun and there’s freshness to it, a boldness….  To me, My Burberry Black has a beautiful, sensual smell. I like that there’s this sort of dark edge – the amber, and then there’s the rose and peach; it feels floral but with this kind of more sensual muskiness to it. It is sexy and sultry yet fresh.

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Fusing the scent of sun-drenched jasmine flower and peach nectar with a touch of rose. This signature rose note at the heart of My Burberry is given a sweet and inviting candied twist, while rich amber patchouli rounds off the scent for a deep and captivating finish.

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My Burberry Black is housed in a rich, amber-coloured glass bottle, whose overall design reflects the details of the black Burberry Heritage Trench Coat.

A dark horn-finish cap echoes its distinctive buttons and the hand-tied black English-woven gabardine knot – made in Castleford, Yorkshire – honours the weatherproof fabric invented by Thomas Burberry over 100 years ago.

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The flacon of My Burberry Black is presented in a black box with a gabardine inspired texture, embossed wih a golden knot.

Just as with My Burberry Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette, customers will be able to personalise their My Burberry Black bottle with up to three initials through the monogramming service available on Burberry.com and in selected Burberry and wholesale stores.

 

 

 

 

A Story of Seduction in New York with Carolina Herrara

 

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Carolina Herrera de Baez presents new versions of the original fragrances CH from 2007 and CH Men from 2009. CH Carolina Herrera gets new packaging in bright red and golden details, while the CH Men Prive is a brand new composition.

Carolina Herrera teams up as a dynamic duo with Mario Testino, to create the new CH Carolina Herrera fragrance campaign. As the  world’s leading fashion photographer Testino,  shoots  the new brand campaign of Carolina Herrera, overarching fashion, fragrances and accessories. His keen eye and unique take on the fashion world is evident in every shot he does. The duo worked closely together on the creative of the new fragrance, where throughout the process of creation to see their vision come to fruition – “A story of seduction”.

With  his  master’s  eye,  Mario  Testino  captures  the  successful  couple  in  their  glamorous world, represented by the two international established models Justice Joslin and Lily Aldridge. Justice Joslin is the perfect seducer, impossible to resist. Lily is the woman who has everything, effortless  elegance and innate confidence. Together  they find each other and discover  the true essence  of  life. Two  lives are now  one. Red  and black: passion  and elegance, an impeccable style  and sense  for  luxury. The  two  complement each other perfectly and represent the values of the brand in every shot.

The spot  of the campaign was shot  in New York City by the brilliant Peter  Glanz, whose impressive talent with the camera enabled to capture the essence of the art of seduction the best way possible.

 

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CH Carolina Herrera is a fragrance that belongs to a self-confident, modern woman, the one that you can imagine living on the Upper East Side in New York City. It opens with accords of grapefruit, bergamot and lemon. Rose, jasmine and orange blossom in the heart of the perfume are complemented by the base of cedar, patchouli and praline, with traces of sandalwood, leather and musk.

Top notes: grapefruit, bergamot, lemon
Heart: rose, jasmine, orange blossom
Base:
cedar, praline, patchouli, sandalwood, leather, musk

 

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CH Men Privé,

CH Men Privé, is the new oriental-woody, leather and masculine fragrance to the CH Carolina Herrera family. It is warm and luxurious  with  notes  of whiskey  with intense and sensual black leather, modern and rich. It opens with accords of grapefruit, pomelo and whiskey that lead to the heart of frozen lavender, sage, red thyme and cardamom. The base notes are leather, tonka bean and benzoin. With its polished black lacquered bottle, the sleek look of CH Men Privé was inspired  by a handsome and classic  flask.  Provocative  hints of gold add elegance, making the bottle a powerful statement of sophistication and masculinity. CH Men Privé perfectly embodies the Carolina Herrera man who is ready to imbue passion into everything he does.

Top notes: grapefruit, pomelo, whiskey
Heart:
lavender, sage, thyme, cardamom
Base:
tonka bean, leather, benzoin, woody notes

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CH Carolina Herrera is available as 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette and CH Men Prive is available as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette.

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Giorgio Armani by Giorgio Armani

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The maestro of clothing himself, Mr. Giorgio Armani is releasing a self-titled book with Rizzoli (Click photo to enlarge).

Italian fashion designer, Giorgio Armani’s autobiography was unveiled on the eve of his eponymous fashion house’s 40th-anniversary after his Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 runway show. Published by Rizzoli New York, covers the designer’s personal life, house’s history, the creative process behind the designer’s collections and his impact on women’s fashion and red-carpet glamour.

Giorgio Armani was born in 1934 in Piacenza, Italy. The ravages of World War II marred his childhood, where the young Armani lived in fear of being bombed. He describes how he felt robbed of his youth, never having the carefree upbringing of so many other children. His father worked at the Fascist headquarters, and Armani notes that his father’s required fascist uniform inspired him, along with the black and white movies that were his escape.

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Chronicling his life from war-stricken beginnings to the building of his clothing empire that soon became known and revered the world round, you can immerse yourself in Armani’s world.

Giorgio Armani promises to delve into the usually guarded private life of its author. Beyond juicy tidbits previously unknown to the public, the book also takes a look at the slow but steady rise of the Armani Empire. Highlights are discussed from his first real brush with fashion working at a department store in Milan to the founding of his own label and the creative process behind each Armani collection.

Also included written text by Armani and more than 100 images images by renowned photographers including Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, and  Annie Leibovitz, meant to reflect each moment in Armani’s life. A type of narrative exists, allowing you to experience the world through Armani’s eyes.

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This beautiful book retails at $150, as well as a $350 for the deluxe edition that includes a signed and numbered print. Giorgio Armani is available to purchase now.

by Jean Amr