PARIS — Violette Serrat will turn into the brand new inventive director of make-up for Guerlain, WWD has realized.
The information confirms a WWD report on July 16.
On Aug. 1, Serrat, who goes by her first identify professionally, will step into the place held for the previous 21 years by Olivier Echaudemaison on the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned home.
For Serrat, accepting the function at Guerlain was apparent.
“It’s like the history of our country,” she stated, of the virtually 200-year-old home, throughout an unique interview with WWD. “It’s actually deep within the roots of my story. I grew up [in Paris] this model. The girls round me — everyone had some merchandise from Guerlain. So I believed: ‘When I grow up, I’ll use these merchandise, too.’
“Today, being able to impact this historical brand is the biggest honor — it’s incredible,” she stated.
Serrat lauded Echaudemaison’s creation of the home’s “library of products.”
“It’s definitely very inspiring,” she continued.
Serrat — a self-taught make-up artist who studied vogue design and artwork earlier than stints at Dior and the Estée Lauder Cos. — will toggle between Paris and New York, the place she’s lived for six years and runs her cosmetics model Violette_FR, which launched in April.
“For me, what is Guerlain? It is an haute couture house of beauty,” Serrat stated. “My number-one priority right now is to revise the entire library, modernize the formula, maybe stop some products and launch new ones. We need to work on the essentials — the classic wardrobe of makeup needs to be impeccable. Then we are working on the image. Of course, my goal is to tell the story of this maison.”
This is not going to occur in a single day.
“I really want to put my nose in the archives for days and find out who is Guerlain at its core,” she continued. “That’s the heartbeat I am going to give in a creative way to the brand.”
Serrat views the function of make-up in the present day as twofold. One is to remodel a face and provides somebody confidence.
“And I see the other way, where it’s about celebrating, having fun and accepting who we are in a more natural way,” she defined. “That’s what I’m leaning toward. I don’t want makeup to be your support system. I want it to be your best friend, [like] somebody with whom you can have fun.”
In the U.S., Serrat is broadly recognized by means of social media, whereas in her native France, that’s not the case. There, she made her identify extra at Dior and thru editorial work.
In the U.S., she began a YouTube channel to not trip the wave of social media however resulting from her love of the home windows it creates to the huge world.
“I’m a people person,” Serrat stated. “This is what I enjoy so much.”
Her thought was to show individuals how you can apply make-up to have a good time themselves.
“It was a very therapeutic kind of tool I was trying to put in place, and that’s how I started building a community,” she stated.
Serrat prefers to make use of social media as a method to join. “But this is not the reality of a relationship,” she stated. “Let’s meet up.”
Véronique Courtois, chief government officer of Guerlain, stated she selected Serrat partially as a result of she and the model are quintessential Parisians.
“Violette is for me the most Parisian makeup artist in the world,” Courtois stated.
The government had been watching Serrat’s profession and knew her expertise.
Along with bringing the Parisian spirit again to Guerlain, Serrat can inject it with youth, Courtois continued.
“She has the possibility and creativity to write this new chapter of Guerlain — in an extremely feminine way…and with a free spirit,” Courtois stated. “Violette is the one who will be able to pass on this heritage to the new generations. She’s the translator of this.”
Courtois stated Echaudemaison helped forge Guerlain’s heritage.
He was in all probability the primary make-up artist in France to turn into a society-page fixture in his personal proper.
Since Echaudemaison’s apprenticeship to hair maestro Alexandre de Paris on the age of 16, he has primped — and befriended — girls within the public eye, from the younger Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Wallis Simpson to Marella Agnelli, Josephine Baker and numerous royals.
A WWD article revealed on Jan. 14, 1972, stated Echaudemaison did Baroness Guy de Rothschild’s night make-up for her household’s “Proust” ball.
In that very same article, Echaudemaison stated what he tries to do “is to teach [women] to be more daring. To keep their own personality, but to use makeup as the indispensable accessory.”
He labored on vogue shoots for Vogue’s Diana Vreeland within the firm of legendary abilities equivalent to Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and David Bailey.
That was earlier than Echaudemaison landed at Givenchy, the place he served as inventive director for make-up for 10 years, beginning in 1988, after work at Harriet Hubbard Ayer and another manufacturers.
Echaudemaison created the primary make-up line for Givenchy.
In a WWD article relationship from Dec. 9, 1988, that make-up assortment was described as together with a decent collection of merchandise: three foundations, two tinted moisturizers, 9 lipsticks, two mascaras, 5 single eye shadows, two blushes, one pressed powder and a “powder prism.”
“The prism, the most unusual item in the line, is comprised of four raised pans of salmon, apricot, pink and mauve powder held in one unit,” the article stated.
It was an modern thought, which allowed individuals to combine their very own coloration.
That prism is iconic in the present day.
“I always think makeup is a lot like cooking,” Echaudemaison stated on the time.
Also new was leaving it as much as the patron to resolve whether or not Givenchy would alter its assortment with new merchandise, slightly than sticking to the standard two coloration tales a 12 months.
Then in 2000, Echaudemaison boldly requested an viewers with LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault.
“I asked him to give me sleeping beauty,” stated Echaudemaison, referring to Guerlain, in an interview with WWD revealed on Nov. 29, 2004. “He wasn’t sure what I was talking about.”
But Echaudemaison walked out of the assembly as the home’s inventive director of make-up.
He subsequently launched extra fashionable colours and textures into Guerlain’s combine, equivalent to increasing the Terracotta line of bronzing merchandise and introducing “bubble blush,” utilized with the fingers.
“It needed to be more fun,” he stated throughout that interview. “Makeup is about fun and freedom — about reconnecting, if only for a few minutes, with the delight of a little girl playing with her mom’s makeup.”
Echaudemaison modernized Terracotta, Rouge Automatique and Météorites, and created high sellers for Guerlain — particularly lipsticks — together with Kiss Kiss, the long-lasting lipstick in fashionable, metallic packaging that got here out in 2005.
In 2009, his brainchild Rouge G — a lipstick in steel packaging nodding to minaudière purses from the Nineteen Thirties — was launched. Cracking the standard codes of lipstick packaging, it lays on its aspect and flips open to disclose two mirrors.
Today, two Terracotta merchandise stay the highest two bestselling make-up merchandise in France. Guerlain’s strongest geographic markets are Europe and Asia.
Echaudemaison revealed his life story, “Les Couleurs de Ma Vie” (or “The Colors of My Life”) in 2004. It traces his path from an sad childhood within the Périgord area of France to his triumph in Paris as type guide to probably the most glamorous girls within the twentieth century.
Echaudemaison was promoted to the grade of Officer of Arts and Letters in France in March 2019.
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