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Fragrance, InterviewsTDO Interview: Kilian Hennessy

Most material I came across while prepping for my interview with Kilian Hennessy described his disposition as ”Byron-esque” and after seeing a few pictures of him, I understood why: he looked like the epitome of tortured poet.  He wouldn’t look out of place scribbling furiously away on an unrequited love poem in an attic garret somewhere in the darkness of Paris. But one thing I didn’t count on was his ardent and intense love of fragrance, which I immediately detected from his passionate and sincere replies to my interview questions.

Kilian Hennessy may be a new name in luxury fragrances, but no stranger to luxury– it is entrenched in his bloodlines, as grandson to the founder of the LVMH group. Since his childhood, fragrance has been a huge part of his life.  Some of his favorite childhood haunts included the family cellars in Cognac, where the sugar in alcohol and wood of cognac barrels serving as the inspiration of many of his scents today.

He joined the corporate world of perfumery by working for some of the most famous noses in the business like Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Paco Rabanne, and Alexander McQueen.  With experience like that and a envious luxury pedigree to boot, it would have been easy for him to stick to the corporate path, but Kilian decided to create his own line of fragrances, By Kilian.  Read on to get some additional insight into his reason for creating his own line of fragrances, his creative process, and the sexiest place is for a woman to apply her fragrance: READ MORE

Fashion, InterviewsTDO Interview: Yigal Azrouel

Editor’s Note: We sent one of our Fashion Week correspondents to get the scoop from design maven Yigal Azrouel. Read on to find out what the designer has to say about his current work and of course, his obsessions.

By Christine Cameron

The Daily Obsession: First of all, I love your work. How do you feel when you see women wearing your clothing?
Yigal Azrouel: I find it really rewarding when I see that women are relating to my designs and going out and buying my pieces. It is such a good feeling.

TDO: What is it like designing in this economy? Is it difficult to find inspiration in these trying times?
YA: I have given this question a lot of thought actually and I think that during a recession, for me as a designer, I push myself more. I look at it like a challenge and like to take it to another level. As far as inspiration, when it comes to each collection, I try and weave in the influence I get from traveling and experiencing different cultures. But, it also comes from the fabric. I love to start out by draping right away and experimenting by mixing and matching materials and fabrics. Like I mentioned before, I am very hands on and very visual, so I don’t just work from my sketches, I need to feel the material. I need to go visit showrooms and see it for myself, and then it just begins to evolve from there. It is a very exciting process for me. READ MORE

Beauty, Celebrities, Fashion, Interviews, MakeupTDO Interview: Kate Winslet

Will Kate Winslet finally take home an Oscar this Sunday? Back when Winslet was just 22, she became the youngest actress to receive two Oscar nominations – an honor (and a curse perhaps) that she’s repeated for her next four nominations.  Already a double winner at the Golden Globes and SAG, this year could be her year. But as she told TDO, she doesn’t really have an acceptance speech planned.  “One thing I’ve learned this award season is that I’m not really cut out for it,” she said.  “I’m too emotional to lose and I’m clearly too emotional to win.”

I caught up with Winslet a couple weeks ago while she was taking a breather in between shows. When I mentioned to my friends that I had been granted the amazing opportunity to interview her, they all responded in the same way – by declaring their own regard for the actress. In fact, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t like Kate.  Often described as an actor’s actor, Winslet’s rise to fame has been a result of her truly becoming an expert in her chosen craft.  Her genuine  demeanor and level-headed nature are also incredibly admirable.  While watching clips  of Winslet’s interviews to prep for my own, I never saw the actress be anything less than warm and gracious…humble even.  And when we talked, Winslet was incredibly nice, funny, honest, and self deprecating. READ MORE

Accessories, InterviewsTDO Interview: Rebecca Minkoff

We’ve featured Rebecca Minkoff bags multiple times here at TDO, and for good reason; her bags have the perfect blend of style, wearability, and functionality that make them a must-have for any contemporary, modern woman.  We’ve delved even deeper into our obsession with Rebecca Minkoff bags by scoring an interview with the woman and namesake herself behind the line!

It’s widely known that Rebecca Minkoff first got her break designing bags when her good friend, Jenna Elfman, asked her to design one for a movie.  It was from this request that the famous Morning After Bag was conceived, and soon after, it was seen on the shoulders and arms of Hollywood starlets such as Lindsay Lohan, Hayden Panettiere, and Kristin Cavallari.  Rebecca originally started out as a clothing designer, and even founded her own clothing line in 2001.  From our interview, we found out good news for you Rebecca-aholics — a Rebecca Minkoff clothing line is in the works (see below for details)!  TDO was grateful for the chance to spend some one on one time with Rebecca, as we talked about everything from her process to designing, celebrity inspiration, and plans for the future: READ MORE

Celebrities, InterviewsTDO Interview: Shawn Johnson

At just 16 years old, American gymnast Shawn Johnson has already made a huge splash in the worlds of sports and beauty. She won multiple medals during the Summer Olympics in Beijing and has also been busy outside of the gym as a spokesperson for Cover Girl and Crest. We had the amazing opportunity to meet her while she was in Chicago to work with Feeding America (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest). Shawn took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about her charity work, beauty obsessions, and her future goals.

The Daily Obsession: Tell us a bit about what you’re working on with Crest and Feeding America here in Chicago.
Shawn Johnson: Crest actually just donated $1 million worth of toothpaste to Feeding America. Especially during times like these, a lot of families’ first priority is to put food on the table, and people forget about dental care. I’m going to be giving out food and toothpaste and hopefully raise awareness about food donation shortages and health. READ MORE

Beauty, InterviewsTDO Interview: Eve Lom

The first time I met Kathleen (aka joie), she came strolling into brunch with a SpaceNK bag and her first box of Eve Lom Cleanser.  Although I’ve long heard of this cult fave, I’d never tried the product so I intently listened to her explain the changes she saw in her skin for the next few weeks.  We also jumped at the chance to interview Eve Lom and find out from the creator herself what makes that product so iconic.

The Daily Obsession: How did you formulate the cleanser and develop the idea of a cleanser designed around the lymphatic drainage system?
Eve Lom: Developing the cleanser did not happen overnight; it was a process. When I lived in LA, I met renowned skincare specialist Georgette Klinger, who inspired me to become a facialist. I became fascinated by the therapeutic side of beauty, studying lymphatic drainage, cranial osteopathy and nutrition. When I moved to London and started practicing my facial, I also started to develop a cleanser to be used during my facial. I mixed my own concoctions in yogurt cups using ingredients I remembered from my childhood growing up on a farm in Czechoslovakia: natural ingredient such as hops – a natural rinse aid, clove – antiseptic for clear skin, eucalyptus and chamomile – soothing, and cocoa butter. READ MORE

Fashion, InterviewsTDO Interview: Nina Garcia

It’s an exciting and very busy time for Nina Garcia right now – a new directorship at Marie Clarie, a new TV show, and a newly released second book.  Although we weren’t able to catch a face-to-face interview with Nina among all the Fashion Week frenzy, she was gracious enough to answer a few questions for TDO that we were dying to know…

The Daily Obsession: What are you looking forward to most about your new directorship at Marie Claire?
Nina Garcia: I am excited to work with the wonderful new group of people at Marie Claire. Everyone is super creative and intelligent and accesible! I am proud to be a part of their team. New beginnings are always energizing.

TDO: Who were your style icons growing up?
Nina: When I was very young, my style icons were my parents. My mother taught me to take pride in what I wore and how I presented myself. She never left the house without being perfectly put together. And my father taught me how to adopt a personal style and stick to it. READ MORE

Beauty, Hair, InterviewsTDO Interview: Ted Gibson

Ted Gibson has been on Oprah.  He counts Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway (Angie and Annie to him) as his regular clients, and at $950 a pop, he’s the most expensive haircut in America.  Someday, I do dream of the luxury of having Ted Gibson cut my hair, but for now, I’ll have to settle for the excitement of having Ted Gibson even touch my hair. (However, to date, I’ve had 2 stylists from the Ted Gibson Salon style my hair, Haley and Sade, and they are both wonderful!)

Last Tuesday, thanks to Total Beauty, I was fortunate enough to sit down with Ted for a good 30 minutes – to pick his brain about his professional and personal life, as well as snag a few tricks here and there.  Ted is sooo friendly and totally down to earth.  In fact, we Facebook message each other.  Jealous?  He doesn’t even consider himself a celebrity! (Ted, I saw how the cameras mobbed over you at Lela Rose pre-show so you’re not fooling me).

Hailing from Texas, Ted got his start at Aveda where he was for a long time.  Aveda took him to Minnesota for 6 years and then out here to New York where he started working with fashion models and celebrities.  At the time, Ted was everywhere: Milan, Paris, London, and New York. His first fashion show was Miu Miu (great choice!) and soon he was styling covers of Vogue and Marie Claire. READ MORE

Beauty, InterviewsTDO Interview: Bobbi Brown

Monday evening, Total Beauty invited me to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the executives of the Estee Lauder company (more on that in an upcoming post), and one of my favorite makeup gurus, Bobbi Brown, was present!  Of course, I had to snag a quick interview with the legend herself and came out with my favorite quote of the night: “Barack Obama wears Bobbi Brown!” READ MORE

Celebrities, Fashion Week, InterviewsTDO Interview: 5 Minutes with James Aguiar

Right after we saw the Tracy Reese show, Carolyn and I were excited to stumble upon James Aguiar, stylist and fashion expert extraordinaire, catching a break in between his busy schedule of shows. You may recognize him from “The Look for Less” on the Style channel, as the host of “Full Frontal Fashion,” or as the former fashion director of NYC department store institution, Bergdorf Goodman.

We couldn’t help but seize the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his favorites for Fall (because Spring 2009 is great and all, but we want to know what we should buy NOW) and his thoughts thus far about the Spring collections.

Fall Trends for Men: The return of the dressed up man.  James sees men beginning to fully embrace the suit, thanks to the proliferation of numerous menswear designers who are all designing fabulous suits. His favorite? Lanvin – for its perfect mix of trendy and classic. READ MORE

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