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  1. 1. DesignedtoworkwithiPhone5orlater.Subjecttoavailablity.@2015AppleInc.Allrightsreserved. howBAZAAR Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg The British actress springs within the 1960s Swinging London scene where she models and ap- pears in a few films such as The Knack and How To Get it, in 1964 and Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow -Up, in 1966. In 1968, she moves to France and meets Serge Gainsbourg on the set of Slogan. In 1969, they release the duet, ‘Je t’aime...Moi non plus’ he had originally written for Brigitte Bar- dot: the sexually explicit song provokes a scandal and, from then, the two become an emblematic and controversial couple of the 1970s. The actress appears in several French films, sharing her time between dramas such as La Piscine, in 1969 and popular comedies such as La Moutarde me Monte au Nez, in 1974. With her partner as a mentor, Jane Birkin also becomes a popular singer and remains, today, an ambassador of Gainsbourg’s songs. A fashion muse with her simple and feminine outfits in the 1970s, Jane Birkin has also given her name to an iconic Hermès handbag that perfectly suits the woman who once declared: ‘My mother was right: when you’ve got noth- ing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust.’ Today, Birkin can’t be dissociated from her famous and iconic daughters, who she forms a tribe with: late Kate Barry, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon.
  3. 3. ad BANISH FRIZZ FOREVER Begone, halo of unruly hair! Liz Kreiger sets the record straight on the best tricks to achieve silky strands. When it com es to life’s inevitable obstacles, there are death, taxes, and, for so many of us, a cruel third: frizz. The cause of the mess? Th e fragile hair cuticle, the outermost part of the singles hairs that make up the cuticle layer are lifted and in disarray. “This happens when your hair is damaged and dry but also when it’s especially humid outside, when moisture is absorbed and swells your strands,” explains Tim Rogers, creative director of Living Proof and a stylist at Sally Hershberger salon in New York. As a result, the shingles lift, and your hair appears frizzy instead of smooth and defined. Here, the recipe for control. IT ALL BEGINS WITH YOUR CUT Keep your eye on the cutting tool your stylist chooses, and if you see a razor, run, says Dove celebrity stylist Mark Townsend. “A razor can slide down the shaft and shred the ends, creating split ends and a plethora of frizz,” he warns. “And never let your ends get over-layered. A bit of bluntness keeps frizz in check.”SHOWER POWER How you wash and condition is criti- cal, says Rogers. Deep-cleansing and clarifying shampoos rough up your cuticles, so avoid those. Look for sulfate-free shampoos, which are much gentler on your locks. Try Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger MirrorSmooth Shampoo($21). Don’t oversham- poo, says Townsend. It can strip your hair of natural oils and leave it dry. Just two or three times a week is enough; on other days, use a cleansing conditioner. Try Pantene Pro-V Damage Repair Cleansing Conditioner ($6.99).STYLING SECRETS After your shower, don’t towel-dry your hair, says Townsend, since strands get caught and roughed up in all those teeny loops. Instead, sop up wetness with a microfiber towel or a T-shirt, and use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle. Next, apply an anti-frizz product while hair is still wet. The experts agree: Once hair starts to dry, you’re losing the game. Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield ($22), which uses the brand’s OFPMA molecule to “coat each strand with a hydrophobic layer,” is “weightless,” promises Rog- ers. Another good option: dry oils. “They absorb into the hair instead of sitting on top, which can leave fine hair flat,” Townsend says. “I like Serge Normant Dry Oil Spray [$24]. Spray it on your hands and then rake through the hair,” he suggests. R+Co Foil Frizz Control Spray ($27) is another good choice. If you prefer a cream texture, try Redken Frizz Dismiss Smoothing Control Cream ($22). Shu Uemura Art of Hair Wonder Worker($33), a leave-in/styling hybrid that also protects hair from heat dam- age, should be your next step if you’re going to blow out your hair. Steer clear of products that contain a lot of alcohol, such as some hair sprays, mousses, and gels, says Townsend, which can dry out the hair. And adjust your routine if you love salt spray, he cautions: “Salt absorbs moisture and leaves the cuticle wide open, so it can lead to tons of frizz. I use a drop or two of Dove Silk Crème [$6.19] before using it.”HOT TOOLS Avoid scorching your hair at all costs. Ionic dryers quickly break up water molecules, allowing you to use a lower heat setting while drying your hair faster, so there’s less damage. Try Conair Ceramic Ionic Styler($35). Some new models of flat irons have plates coated with nourishing oils that can seal in shine and smoothness, says Townsend. The Cricket Ultra Smooth Professional Hair Dryer ($100) has a filter infused with argan oil and keratin protein. The Agave Healing Vapor Iron ($149) features a reservoir of smoothing, shine-enhancing agave sugars.SALON SOLUTIONS A professional smoothing treatment can keep your hair frizz-free for months. While some still do contain formaldehyde—particu- larly those that promise to squelch curls along with frizz—the ones that are purely frizz-focused are usually free of the chemical. The Cezanne Perfect Finish treatment(from $350) opens the cuticle and envelops each strand in a silk protein, and can smooth hair for three to four months, claims Kattia Solano, owner ofNew York’s Butterfly Studio Salon. Other effective choices: Goldwell Kerasilk and Trissola Solo. Finally, consider the benefits of hair color, says New York colorist Sharon Dorram. She recommends a semipermanent gloss or glaze, which deposits color and smooths the cuticle and lasts up to six weeks. If all else fails, don’t forget that a disheveledbun is one of the season’s hottest hair trends. A handful of bobby pins may be the greatest frizz buster of all. hair shaft. Frizz occurs when the thousands of little hair shaft. Frizz occurs when the thousands of little shingles that make up the
  4. 4. Image courtesy of Chanel This autumn, French fashion house Chanel will return to the Saatchi Gallery for a new exhibition: Mademoiselle Privé. The showcase will be spread across the gallery’s three floors, bringing to life the charisma, charm and spirit of ledgendary icons Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld. The display will focus on the Haute Couture element of the renowned brand and the iconic Chanel No5 fragrance, as well as display re-editions of the High Jewellery Bijoux de Diamants collection created in 1932 – the only fine jewellery to be designed by Chanel herself. A companion app will also be available to guide viewers around the exhibition. This will not be the first time Chanel has inhabited the halls of the Saatchi Gallery. Previous shows include photography exhibitions, namely Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld’s The Little Black Jacket in 2012 and Sam Taylor Johnson’s Second Floor: The Private Apartment of Mademoiselle Chanel in 2014. The exhibition will run from 13 October – 1 November 2015. Admission is free. Visit #mademoiselleprive Kenya Overview: This property is one of a kind: a stately 1930s colonial hotel on the leafy outskirts of Nairobi, making it an ideal stopover before or af- ter a flight. Giraffe Manor boasts original art deco features and ele- gant four-poster beds. You could be in a traditional Highlands manor, but the fellow permanent residents that roam the grounds – 12 Rothschild’s giraffes – will soon indicate otherwise. These magnificent creatures use their long necks to good effect at meal times: they love to join guests for breakfast, stretching in through the ceiling-height arched windows into the airy, mint-green dining-room. Watch out for food pellets landing in your freshly squeezed juice of the day. Afternoon tea is served on the front lawn and lunch can be taken on the patio; we recommend the red snapper, which was exqui- site. There is also a dark, intimate dining-room for candlelit three-course evening meals, which can be followed with after-dinner tea on a plush sofa in front of the fire in the lounge. During your stay, visit the nearby Giraffe Centre to learn about this endangered species. Also close by is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where you can meet, feed and even adopt orphaned baby elephants. Accommodation: Above the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, sit the nine enormous tents of Sasaab Lodge. The open-air, Moroccan-influenced rooms overlook a river often frequented by bathing elephants that you can hear in the early hours. Each tent has an open-air bathroom and freezing (though refreshing) private plunge pool. The tents are zipped up and secured at night and the sounds of local wildlife echo around the valley like a peaceful song. A spear is left outside your room, not – as I had at first assumed – to ward off any unwanted visitors in the night, but to put in the ground when you want privacy as a bush-inspired take on a ‘do not disturb’ sign. There is an infinity pool to cool off from the midday heat between game drives, and a Liz Earle spa. Breakfast is served on the road, during one of the early-morning drives, with freshly cooked pancakes, bacon and eggs on the riverbank. It is a fair distance to the Buffalo Springs National Reserve for game drives, but worth every minute. Beautiful elephants tend to follow you on your ride and there’s a perfect sundowners spot at the top of ‘Leopard Rock’, complete with one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen.
  5. 5. ad ST MARTINS LANE Overview: St Martins Lane, owned by the Morgan Hotel Group, has recently undergone an extensive redesign. The new Den area, their lobby lounge, features soaring ceilings and electric splashes of colour with a renewed emphasis on comfort and simplicity. The hotel’s high-con- cept design goes hand in hand with the absolute efficiency and capa- bility of their friendly staff, and it manages to retain all of the youth- ful, unexpected charm of a boutique hideaway, at the very heart of the art-loving energetic West End. Accommodation: The renovation includes the newly designed rooms by Tim Andreas of banjo Ad Inc; think clean fresh lines lit up with colour, huge deep beds, linen drapery, polished aluminum and teardrop lighting. Ap- pliances include the newly dichronic laminated glass desk as well as the illuminated surface that houses a flat screen smart TV. Beautiful gentle prints soften this minimalism to create a luxury atmosphere of utter calm. The bathrooms are innovative and spacious with smooth designs and gorgeous smelling products. The only things worthy of distracting from the beauty of the rooms are the views of Nelson’s Column or the Coliseum that you wake up to. The hotel has also just opened the Blind Spot, an quirky new cocktail bar. The hidden entrance leads you behind the lobby’s tea counter into a fabulous modern hunting lodge, showcasing the cocktails intricately designed by Andrew Loudon (of 69 Cole- brooke Row fame). You can sip these alongside a delicious bar snack menu thought up by Chef Tien Ho. The atmosphere is high fashion meets après ski, with gourmet everything elegantly thrown in. The relaunched in house restaurant is Asia de Cuba, aptly described as sophisticated, whimsical and above all, fun. I was lucky enough to sample a buttery breakfast omelet during my stay that had me thinking longingly of all day. Asia de Cuba St Martins Lane offers guest a luxury experience with high design at its heart. Great for a weekend get away or even just an in- dulgent date night. Book it: 45 Saint Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, 02073005500 or visit Room rates from £275.
  6. 6. 7:00 A.M. My son wakes me up, and I prepare his break- fast and get him ready for school. From seven o’clock to 8:15, it’s all about him. I make him oatmeal with rice milk and fruit or toasted Poilâne bread with Nutella—that’s the more decadent extreme. I just have oatmeal and water with fresh ginger. It helps me stay healthy. I have Birman cats—two “Choupettes”—that my father gave to my son. The cats are lovely, a brother and sister named Gaston and Gastine, only they love leather, so they attack my bags and my shoes. They bite them like a toy, like catnip, and they attack fur and feathers. We brush them all the time, but they have long white hair, and I’m often dressed in black. I use a Scotch roller every time I leave the house. They come and scratch the doors in the morning for breakfast, so I have not just my son but the cats waking me up. 8:15 A.M. After I walk my son to school, I go back home and do an hour of gym—running in the Jardin du Luxembourg or doing yoga or Pilates. I have an instructor who comes to my house. That’s my time where I can breathe. 9:15 A.M. I quickly have a coffee and take my shower. The cats want to be in the bathroom with me; they follow me like dogs. I wash my hair with Shiseido shampoo. I have long hair, so I use a mask instead of conditioner, and I’ve discovered a great Kiehl’s styling cream. I’ve been using La Prairie moisturizer for my face—I kind of switch around. I was going to skin-care expert Joëlle Ciocco in Paris, but I haven’t had time lately. My makeup is simple: BB cream from Ren, black eye- liner and mascara from Chanel, and I’m hooked on Baume de La Mer lip moisturizer. My trick is to use Laura Mercier luminizer under my eyes. It makes you look like you just went on vacation. In the shower, I think about what I’m going to wear, and I get dressed quite fast. Where I lose time is finding my clothes, because my wardrobe is not as organized as I’d like. I have my basics—jeans and a white T-shirt—and I just dress around that. I’m in heels almost every day, so I have a lot of them; one of my guest bedrooms has become a walk-in closet. My clothes all have a story: bags from when I was at Louis Vuitton, shoes I did while I was at Prada. I’m kind of creating an archive. The new Sonia Rykiel clothes have just arrived in the shops, so now I’m allowed to wear them. I’ve been enjoying wearing socks with sandals—I like the attitude. I often buy blazers and jackets for my husband from places like Comme des Garçons, but I end up wearing them myself. I try not to go into his closet, though, since mine is already dominat- ing! To tell you the truth, it reassures me that my closet is bigger than my husband’s because I’m more comfortable with a man who isn’t too into his clothes and looking at himself in the mirror. I don’t like men who are too precious, at least not as a husband. 9:50 A.M. I’m lucky I live close to the office because I’m always late. It’s my worst habit. My husband has had to get used to it, unfortunately; he had no choice. I take a Vélib bicycle, which is like Citi Bike, or walk or jump in a car if I’m very late, and I do my makeup on the way. I carry this huge Hermès canvas-and-leather bag filled with books and references, or my Sonia Rykiel Domino bag. I don’t know how to organize myself. I just bring my whole day with me. LISTMy The Sonia Rykiel designer’s life by the numbers. 3,000art books 45minutes applying face cream 2Birdman calls
  7. 7. Full Ad part 1 2:00 P.M. I go into my after- noon fittings—that’s where things evolve and start to become something else. It’s quite magical. 5:00 P.M. I always have the need for a snack. I have bags of nuts, almonds and cashews. If we have meetings, I bring nuts for everyone. I can have three or four coffees a day, which is not good. 8:00 p.m. When ev- eryone is gone I put on the music quite loud and design. I could go until, like, four in the morning; I have strong endurance. I’ve been replaying the music from our last show: Jeanne Moreau—her voice is so French and charming and sexy—and Leonard Cohen. One band that always puts me in a good mood is Phoenix; Thomas [Mars] is a great friend. I just love his voice and his energy. 10:00 P.M. I have dinner when I get home, something easy, like a soup that my son’s nanny prepares or a yogurt. I do have some guilty pleasures, obviously; I’m very human. I used to be quite a chocoholic. It’s a fact that sugar attracts sugar. I discovered this amazing chocolate place from the 1800s near the atelier, called Debauve & Gallais. It’s Sonia Rykiel and Miuccia Prada’s favorite. Lola [Rykiel] told me that her grandmother often had chocolate instead of lunch. That’s something I used to do all the time. I’ve changed since I was pregnant; you eat healthier when you have a child. I do like to have a glass of red wine or a cocktail with friends, but I like discipline, actually—I like rules. I don’t watch TV often, but I did get hooked on Damages, with Glenn Close, 24, and Grey’s Anatomy. Weekends, I concentrate on my family. We have a country house. I was born and raised in the countryside, so I need to be close to green. That’s the way to recharge. If we’re in the city, we go out to restaurants and see friends and art. I recently saw an amazing Jeff Koons exhibition at the Pompidou, and I loved Jesús Rafael Soto at Galerie Perrotin. They have such cool stuff. I like to shop at Merci for home and design things and at Comme des Garçons. I love how Rei Kawakubo pushes a lot of the Japanese designers—the creativity is super inspiring. You feel like you’re in another dimension. I have a sister in London we visit quite a bit, and I love shopping at Idea Books there, which has really rare photography and art books. I have maybe 3,000 art books at home. Dover Street Market is another favorite place. It’s nice to see the work of young designers like Simone Rocha and how they push themselves in different directions.1:00 A.M. My ritual is washing my face, taking off my makeup, and a long process of putting on creams that can take 45 minutes. Sometimes I do a mask as well. Right now I’m wearing a hydrating La Prairie mask while I sleep. It’s important to me not to go to bed with makeup—it’s probably the worst thing to do. I do a mask for my hair too. I get very girly at night.1:45 a.m. In my bedroom I have an old architect’s desk, a fireplace, and art pieces, like a wall sculpture from French artist Laurent Grasso. Another bad habit is falling asleep with my iPhone. I used to not be very into digital—I didn’t even have an iPhone—and now I can’t disconnect. With Instagram you get a bit addicted, trying to find interesting images and putting hearts on different pictures. I follow Idea Books and some funny ones like Michel Gaubert, who does the music at Chanel. He’s on it all day. I grew up in the ‘80s, and we played Pac-Man; now Instagram is like my game at night. It winds me down, like watching a soap opera. As told to Christine Whitney The cats are lovely, only they love leather, so they attack my bags and my shoes. They bite them like a toy, like catnip.
  8. 8. Overview: Who can resist the magic and mythology of Corfu? That ancient sickle-shaped isle, renowned for tempting the traveller Odysseus with its natural beauty, and drawing Roman emperors and literary greats like Durrell, Lear and Pinter to its verdant shores. Head to the north-east coast (nicknamed Kensington-on-sea after its chi-chi inhabitants). Here the water is a blue of two tones: a jewel-like turquoise in the shallows, and further from the shore a deep cerulean, which is so clear that no matter how far you swim out, you can see the seaweed lazily sway with the cur- rent beneath. The skyline of olive-trees brought over by the Venetians in the 16th century – of which there are now over four million – is a romantic sight, punctu- ated with lance-like Cypresses that reach for the heavens. Accommodation: Although a series of sleek super-villas are hewn in the rock along the coast, in a small bay round the corner from Villa Rothschild is Kouloura: an unassuming fishing village that comprises a tavern and a Greek Orthodox church. A gated villa stands at the end of the road; the holiday home of the Agnelli family - picture-perfect with its white-washed walls and ocean-blue shutters. It was once a 15th-century fortress, built by the Venetians to keep the marauding Turks at bay; now it is a house that, to our joy, can be rented between May and October. What To Do: Inside, the breezy lived-in charm makes this a home away from home. The vaulted ceilings and pale flagstone floors keep it cool, and the family’s obsession with sea birds and sailing boats are displayed throughout the villa – in the library, the hall, the five bedrooms. Balconies run alongside one edge, and the house falls away quickly to the sea, which laps constantly against the wall – at night a soothing accompani- ment to sleep. The wide terrace is the heart of the house. It is from here that the coast and foothills of Albania can be seen (where an equivalent fort lies, but in ruins), and where meals are taken every day. This is the perfect place to eat and enjoy evening gin and tonics or a cool glass of retsina, as golden-green finches dart in and out of the vine-clad arches. Up top, beyond the walled garden that rises up lush with bougainvillea and orange- and lemon-trees, is the salt-water infinity pool that has a sunny aspect in the mornings and early afternoons. Fringed by rosemary, lavender and exploring butterflies, this is where you can sun- lounge overlooking the sea and passing fishing boats. Bedrooms are all light and airy, with air-conditioning and fans for maximum comfort (although it is certainly worth bringing insect repel- lent). Most are ensuite, with Ortigia products in each bathroom. Hire a boat from Filippos Boats (, and follow the gentle coastline of undulating rock to visit Nissaki, where you can dive and explore underwater caves, and Kalamaki beach, which is scarce of tourists and great for children. Stop off at Kalami, a little bay with a sandy beach where Lawrence Durrell lived with his wife at the White House (‘set like a dice on a rock already venerable with the scars of wind and water’), Agni and Kassiopi, a small port that is said to have been visited by the Roman emperor Nero and the philosopher Cicero. Main pic for article KOULOURA, CORFU
  9. 9. The buzz Prescott & Conran’s latest venture boasts two first class restaurants: the stylish and simple bistro perhaps caters more to the West End’s theatregoers looking to get a good bite pre- or post- show, while the more refined restaurant upstairs is a must for any seri- ous lover of French cuisine. We loved the restaurant’s aesthetic; the designers Isabelle Chatel de Brancion and Terence Conran have created a delightfully fresh and elegant take on the classic Parisian dining scene. The lowdown As the name suggests, Les Deux Salons is a Parisian experience of two halves, giving you two different dining options under one roof. Downstairs welcomes you with a bustling, typical French cafe / bistro - perfect for a breakfast rendez-vous, weekend brunch or to combine with an evening out in London’s Theatreland. The winding staircase takes you to the main attraction where the more upmarket fare is on offer. Les Deux Salons - a French brasserie in London - feels like the real thing. Menu highlights Grazing on the mise en bouche while sipping on a cocktail should allows you time to peruse the mouthwatering menu; it’s made up of classic regional french cooking with some added twists, and there’s something for all Francophile food lovers. If you like to play with your food then the Devon crab, pea bavarois and pink grapefruit is where you must begin. This colourful and aes- thetically striking plate appeals both to the eye and the taste-buds. Allowing you to ‘mix’n’match’ what, at first look, appear to be unusually paired elements, but which compliment one another surprisingly well, giving you a different experience with every mouthful. A glass of the somelier-chosen wine adds an extra dimension. By contrast the butter-roasted Dover Sole Grenobloise is simplicity at its best, showcasing a high quality ingredient perfectly cooked with warming butteriness complimenting the fresh sea taste, expertly boned and presented at the table. For dessert, the strawberry soufflé with white chocolate ice cream is marvellous, though by the time you get to that stage of your meal, that may be a treat best shared. Contact: Les Deux Salons, 40 - 42 William IV St, London WC2N 4DD; 020 7420 2050 Website: Travel Overview: With more travel awards than you could hope to count, it’s safe to say that the Nam Hai’s excellent reputation precedes it. And its not difficult to see why: from the second you set foot at the resort – no, sooner; from the second you are collected at the air- port – you experience the very best service that Asia has to offer. Widely considered to be Vietnam’s finest luxury beach resort, the Nam Hai is a collection of 100 villas (60 of which are one- bedroom and beach front, 40 larger pool villas) spread over 35 hectares of tropical gardens along the Ha My Beach. And it is, quite simply, beautiful. Accommodation: Indoor and outdoor showers, a (huge) canopy-lined bed, a sunk- en writing desk, an eggshell-lacquered bath: each villa features everything you could possibly need, and a whole lot more. De- cor is inspired by traditional Vietnamese garden houses, with local artwork adorning the walls, lofty ceilings, polished wood and handspun silks providing the finishing touches. Comfort- able doesn’t even cover it. The pool villas come with the added bonus of a private butler, plus a private courtyard entrance, a kitchen and – of course – a temperature-controlled plunge pool. Food and drink: The Nam Hai has three restaurants to choose from during your stay. The main one, named the Restaurant, boasts one of the most extensive breakfast offerings I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying, with Eastern and Western favourites to choose from in the buf- fet, a full à-la-carte menu and – a personal highlight – a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. By day, guests can have an alfresco meal at the Beach Restaurant, overlooking the pool and the sea, while night owls will enjoy the cocktails and live music at the Bar. Whether you’re in the mood for the catch of the day or cao lau Hoi An (the local speciality: a rice-noodle soup with pork), there’s something for every taste. Oh and, of course, there’s 24-hour room service. What to do: While the Nam Hai has become a destination in its own right (the private beach is so idyllic, it’s easy to see why many don’t leave it during their stay), let’s not forget that the resort is based in Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful and culturally rich areas. The hotel provides a regular shuttle service into the centre of the World Heritage city, which is Unesco-protected and funded, giving it an untouched, unspoilt air that’s rare to find in a place that’s now understandably so popular with tourists. Postcard pretty, with colourful river boats, tiny cobbled streets and lanterns hanging from every possible tree branch, Hoi An is the perfect place to just wander and explore. With plenty of art galleries, restaurants, markets and street performers – opera is a particular favourite – there’s so much to see and do. THE NAM HAI, HOI AN, VIETNAM
  10. 10. main Lupita wears Valentino dress, Aquazzura shoes and Bulgari ring Since her Oscar-winning performance in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has been celebrated the world over. She talks to Sophie Elmhirst about the risks and rewards of her meteoric rise to fame. Slutry eyes Smoldering pink lides are bold against a black eyeliner. To get that “seductive” yet wild look, go with Yves Saint Laurent. Undone Updos Hair styles that fused a chigon and a ponytail popped up on runways from New York to Paris. How-to: Fasten your hair at the nap of the neck and twist into a knot, leaving the loose ends. The Eye Palette Bobbi Brown knows how to do laidback glamour better than anyone, and the make-up maestro’s Sand Eye Palette is a beach essential for this summer. The mix of shimmery and matte finishes in shades of cream and brown subtly brighten and contour eyes.
  11. 11. Runway Report BEAUTY Between photographs in a King’s Cross warehouse, Lupita Nyong’o dances. Nothing showy, just a shuffle of her hips or a head-nod to the beat of the music in the background. She’s surrounded by people – a circus of agents and stylists and Lancome representatives (she’s the brand’s new ambassador) all there for her, but she doesn’t dance for them. It’s the kind of dancing you might do while you’re drying your hair, or on hold on the phone; moves only you can see. But seriously, this woman can dance. At one point, she body-pops like a pro, and makes herself laugh with a full-on strut. Mostly, though, she dances in a kind of dream, eyes half-closed, like it’s the most private thing in the world. ‘There was a time when I was afraid to dance,’ says Nyong’o. The shoot’s over, and we’re in an empty cafe on the top floor of the building. It’s dusk and you can see all of London, to the Shard and beyond, the lights coming on across the city. She has changed out of a full-throttle orange dress and into a black sweater and trousers, as though someone has turned down the volume. Her voice is low; the music’s off; the circus has packed up and moved on. ‘My older sister would dance with aban- don,’ she continues. ‘She would do it to entertain. I was so mortified at the thought of wiggling my body in any direction. And I wrestled with myself, because I didn’t want to be so self-conscious. I wanted to be able to enjoy music and not care that I looked cute. I don’t know when something switched in my head, but I’m so glad it did, because I feel like dancing, and being able to enjoy one’s body for oneself is such a precious, precious thing. For yourself, you know?’ She pauses. ‘If this had happened to me at a time when I couldn’t dance – ha – my God, I think I would be way more of a wreck.’ ‘This’ is the last two years, one of those trajectories that make you feel woozy with vertigo and that make no sense in any world beyond Hollywood. Nyong’o’s rise has been so fast and so extreme that she’s still trying to figure what on earth happened. In 2012, she was still an acting student at Yale School of Drama. The same year, an audition tape made its way to Steve McQueen, who was looking for an actress for the part of Patsey in his film 12 Years a Slave. Nyong’o got the call, got the part, got the Oscar (for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role). It was her first feature film, still the only film she has released. There had been a relentless pre-Oscars campaign in which she appeared in a procession of gowns that seemed to shout from the red carpet: ‘This woman is going to be huge.’ By the time she was standing outside the Dolby Theatre on Oscar night wearing powder-blue Prada, the world was on first-name terms with Lupita. ‘You know, I thought it would come to an end after the Oscars.’ She means the frenzy. ‘I thought the Oscars would come and go and then all of a sudden everything would be back to normal and I’d be back in my apartment.’ She laughs. Victory has its challenges. In a speech Nyong’o gave to the Massa- chusetts Conference for Women last December, she spoke about the occupational hazards of her triumph. ‘Lately, I have been afraid of not being able to handle all these new expectations,’ she said to the audience of 10,000 women. ‘To the world I have achieved the pin- nacle of success in my field, and yet I still have the rest of my life to go.’ Oscar in hand, the realisation hit: after years spent fearing failure, she was now bewildered by success. ‘No one teaches you how to deal with that particular experience,’ she says now. ‘Not even just you, but how the world deals with it, and deals with you because of it. There’s no manual for that.’ Did she seek advice, help, the solidar- ity of a post-shock-Oscar-win support group? ‘Emma Thompson,’ she says, fast and breathless. ‘Emma Thompson, Emma Thompson, Emma Thompson.’ Nyong’o chants her name like a prayer. ‘It was Cobalt Hair Ties Yves klein blue has been a singature color in Reed Krakoff’s collection since the very first one, so it’s no surprisethathecamebackwiththeboldcobaltforhisspringshow. This bold blue pairs nicely with an equally as bold nail polish. Glittery Eyes “It’s kind of cosmic beauty, very rock ‘n’ roll,” said makeup artist Pat McGrath of the spar- kly eyes she created for Anna Sui. She applied greenish-gold loose glit- ter to three points on the eyes—the inner corners and the middle of the top and bottom lash lines—using lash glue, leaving skin and lips completely bare. 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  12. 12. such a relief... witnessing her going through that whole thing [the pre-Oscars publicity circuit] with an ease and a playfulness and just abandon. That is like the person I want to be. I want to be that com- fortable even in this very alien environment that you get put in.’ The red carpet was Nyong’o’s home for a while – a journalist from The New York Times calculated that she churned through 66 events in the five months leading up to the Oscars. How did she stay sane? ‘You know what kept me sane? Not knowing. Having never really experienced that before... because this was new territory I had no normal. I had no sense of what was normal in that world. It was all new.’ Could she do it again? She thinks hard, and speaks quietly. ‘I don’t think so. Not to that extent.’ You don’t hear actresses talk like this very often, about the weird- ness of their lives. Usually they express perfect gratitude, a well- honed spiel on their phenomenal good fortune. But Nyong’o isn’t ungrateful or hoping to win your unlikely sympathy for her success; and there’s no hint of self-pity. Nyong’o is simply fresh enough to the industry to see how confoundingly strange it all is. And she’s still trying to work out how to survive. ‘It’s definitely something that I’m grappling with every day. Today, what are my priorities? How do I ensure my year is not filled with celebrity work and no acting work?’ She has seen how the image of oneself can overtake reality, can develop a life of its own – she’s in demand round the world for magazines, advertising campaigns, keynote speeches (Nyong’o has been fast-tracked not just to stardom, but to speech-giving role model too). Suddenly, the thing that put her in this position – acting, a raw and daring performance of a slave in the Deep South – seems oddly remote. After a long stint when the scales tipped too far towards celebrity, there are projects in the offing, at last. She’s in the latest version of Star Wars, which comes out in December (‘I’m not a sci-fi geek, but I’m definitely trying to be one,’ she says, valiantly). She’s about to shoot Queen of Katwe, a story of a young Ugandan chess champion, directed by Mira Nair. And she’s going to produce and play the lead in an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel America- nah. Nyong’o bought the rights to the book after she’d made 12 Years a Slave, but before the movie was released. She was, there- fore, still a total unknown, but that didn’t put her off. She was a fan of Adichie’s work and wrote to her through a mutual friend. ‘I gave her my little pitch,’ she says now, smiling. ‘It took a while before I was able to get the rights, but then I did.’ Which gives you a pretty clear idea of her ballsy determination. On board to co-produce is Plan B, Brad Pitt’s firm that also produced 12 Years a Slave. ‘So I’m in good company.’Still, there’s no sign of her handing over the reins to those with more experience. She remains closely involved, learn- ing how to produce a Hollywood feature on the job. ‘My mum often says, “Sometimes knowing too much can slow you down.”’ Most people in her rare position – in possession of a Lancome contract that Isabella Rossellini once de- scribed as ‘winning the lottery’, a ticket to creative freedom – might sit back and watch the scripts rush in, allow themselves to be feted, pick and choose the plum roles. Not Nyong’o. ‘I enjoy learning new things. I enjoy being uncomfortable for some reason. It’s more interesting, more challenging...’ She’s amused by her inability to sit pretty. ‘That’s why I’m an actor. Because there’s nothing comfortable about being an actor. You’re always out on a ledge, you know?’ Even though Nyong’o’s vocation is now clear, the self-doubt lingers. She told the audience at the Massachusetts conference that she felt she had to ‘be- come a super version of myself to keep up with the versions of me that stare back from magazine covers’ – a state- ment you don’t often hear from people who regularly appear on magazine cov- ers. Why – how – does she speak about herself so bluntly? ‘I wish that I took it more lightly sometimes,’ she says, rueful, ‘because it costs a lot. Which is why I can’t do those speeches every weekend, because it costs a lot to share from such a deep place, if you will. But I don’t know how to speak from any other place.’ The speeches are in part a result of her upbringing. ‘Kenyans are very ceremonial. There is a formality that comes with gatherings and comes from our colonial conditioning... Orato- ry is something that’s really important to Kenyans, the way one speaks to the masses,it’sanartalmost.’Shewatched her father give political addresses, saw the importance of being able to speak clearly and powerfully, and recognises that not everyone gets a platform, so if you’re given one, you should use it well. ‘I don’t want to waste anyone’s time,’ she says. ‘If I don’t have anything to say then I shouldn’t stand up there.’ What she chooses to say is often directed to a child. She closed her Oscars speech, voice thick with tears, with the line: ‘When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me, and every little child, that no matter where you’re from, your dreamsarevalid.’AndattheEssenceBlackWomen in Hollywood event, she responded to the letter of a younggirlwhohadwrittentoherexpressinggratitude for Nyong’o’s presence on her screen because she had been ‘about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious [skin-light- ening] cream, when you appeared on the world map and saved me’. Does she ever feelaweightofresponsibilitybecauseof the colour of her skin that other actors don’t feel? Nyong’o pauses for a while before speaking. ‘That’s an interest- ing question,’ she eventually says. ‘I don’t feel like the responsibility I feel comes from any place other than my gut. I feel a responsibil- ity to speak about certain things because I wish someone had spoken about them for me.’ She tips her head back and looks at the ceiling. ‘I think that’s why I have a deep desire to speak to a child because, um...’ And then she’s suddenly reaching into her bag, and cursing her- self. ‘Urgh. Now I’m crying. I always have tissues. This is common behaviour.’ She looksatme.‘Now you’re going to write about this.’ I weakly protest. ‘Oh dear God.’ It’s true, her public ap- pearances are often un- settled by tears, but not in a histrionic way – she dabs at her eyes almost as an afterthought. It never stops her speaking. She gathers herself again, gets back on track. ‘I know I’m in a unique position where lots of people all over the world are seeing me and connecting with me, and perhaps because of my demographic and how limited representation is for my demographic, I do feel not a responsibility but an impetus to speak. It’s an impetus.’ The numbers tell their own story: she’s the first black African actress to win an Oscar, the first black Lancome ambassador. During the shoot, a Lancome rep admires the particular shade of red nail varnish that has been chosen for Nyong’o to wear – a colour that doesn’t work as well next to white skin. She is transforming the picture of beauty. As Nyong’o says, it’s about time. ‘It’s 2015, man. We could all use some di- versity.’ That’s why she wants to do Americanah – not just because the story is about the under-explored experience of Africans in America (as opposed to African-Americans), but also in order to show a West- ern audience that Africa is a continent, not a concept, containing a limitless mix of peoples and languages. Is it frustrating, how people over-simplify? ‘Yes,’ she says, typically direct. ‘It can get tedious to have to explain that I speak English because Kenyans speak English.’ Her family are all in Kenya, it’s still home, even though she hasn’t been back since 2013, before the madness set in. She misses it, and them, keenly, but they keep relentlessly in touch through instant messaging. At any moment she’ll know that her mother is stuck in traffic or which skirt her sister is thinking of buying. It’s not perfect, but it’s all part of the adjustment. Her life is now an itinerant one, continent-straddling, managed. She sees her old friends – from Hampshire College and Yale – on the rare occasions she makes it back to New York and to her apartment in Brooklyn. To get time to herself, she recently had to go away – she won’t tell me where – to a place where no one knew her and she could be ‘one of the number’, entirely anonymous. Amid all of this, does she have time for romance? She smiles, and says simply: ‘I plead the fifth.’ Nyong’o speaks more candidly than any actress I’ve met, but there are limits. (Lupita Nyong’o wears Louis Vuitton dress, photographed by Alexi Lubormirski and styled by Miranda Almond for Harper’s Bazaar.) The first black African actress to win an Oscar and the first black am- bassador for Lancôme, Nyong’o is transforming the picture of beauty. Go behind the scenes on the cover shoot in the video below, in which the 32-year-old shares her make-up tips and favourite products, exclu- sively with Bazaar. Grandiôse fan-effect mascara, £24.50, Lancôme Advanced Genifique serum, £59, Lancôme La Base Paupieres Pro longwear eyeshadow (in 05 and 06), £21, Lancôme Lip Lover 8hr moisture gloss, £18, Lancôme Teint Idole ultra compact powder, £34, Lancôme Le Correcteur Pro concealer, £29.50, Lancôme Crayon Kohl eye liner, £17, Lancôme Teint Visionnaire foundation, £37, Lancôme