- 1 Hermès Beauty Plein Air Complexion Balm
- 2 Hermès Beauty Plein Air Blotting Papers
- 3 Hermès Beauty Plein Air Radiant Matte Powder
- 4 Hermès Beauty Plein Air Radiant Glow Powder
- 5 Hermès Beauty Plein Air Powder Brush
- 6 Beau Travail
- 7 Dior Prestige La Crème Texture Essentielle
- 8 Need for Tweed
- 9 Chanel Eye Shadow in Tweed Fauve
- 10 Chanel Eye Shadow in Tweed Brun et Rose
- 11 Chanel Eye Shadow in Tweed Cuivré
- 12 Chanel Eye Shadow in Tweed Pourpre
When Émile Hermès took the reins of the family’s saddle-making firm in the interwar years, a spirit of leisure class joie de vivre hung in the air. He ushered in handbags and swimsuits; a circa-1930 advertisement shows a beach-going flapper shaded by a striped parasol. “Pour le sport, pour le bain, pour la plage,” reads the copy beneath a map of French tourist cities, plus a bonus inset of New York. It was a soigné invitation to get outdoors.
Nearly a century later, that impulse returns with the debut complexion range from Hermès Beauty—the brand’s young métier whose color-block lipstick cases made a splash in 2020. “Plein Air conveys a certain idea of simplicity, of freedom, of movement and well-being,” says Gregoris Pyrpylis, a Greek-born makeup artist who joined as creative director this year.
It’s a sunny day in Normandy, near shoreline horse trails, and Pyrpylis is talking through the line. The complexion balm is the hit: a sheer tint with mineral SPF 30, in a dozen shades that suit a deep swath of skin tones. Along with its skin-care boosts (hyaluronic acid, evening primrose oil), the cap is inscribed with Émile’s ex libris. There are two powders: Radiant Matte (paired with a chic goat-hair brush) and Radiant Glow for highlighting. Inside the orange boîte are Japanese blotting papers, soft as silk with tiny H watermarks.
“In Greece, your first books are about mythology,” Pyrpylis says, tracing back an early conception of beauty that went beyond the goddess Aphrodite. “There was Athena—so sportive and so powerful, with character.” What is more radiant than a force of nature incarnate?
Pale pink plaster decorates the exterior of Les Rhumbs, a villa in Granville, France, where the Dior family moved when Christian was a year old. Named after the compass rose, a starlike maritime tool depicted in a floor mosaic, the property instead attuned the future couturier to the floral kind—pruned in the garden or growing along the cliffs.
It’s the wild variety that Dior Beauty has homed in on. Through a series of hybridizations, the next-gen rose de Granville is the jewel of the brand’s Prestige skin care, with active ingredients harnessed from stem to petal. This year, the house inaugurates a six-hectare garden devoted to the sustainable cultivation of these cosmetic powerhouses, powdery pink like the nearby Les Rhumbs (now the Musée Christian Dior). Organic farming practices make use of companion plants to lure friendly fauna and deter pests; extraction methods utilize cold pressure and electromagnetic fraction without the need for solvents. It all powers the latest innovation, Rosapeptide, with 88 bioavailable rose molecules—the star of the revamped, refillable Prestige La Crème. Designed to spur collagen growth, it makes the idea of a perennial bloom something of a tangible reality.
Need for Tweed
In a twist of 1920s hobnobbing, the Duke of Westminster’s Scottish tweeds helped inspire Chanel’s enduring use of the material—from the original boxy suits to Karl Lagerfeld–era hot pants to Virginie Viard’s feather-sleeve shift on the spring 2022 couture runway. Attention to detail is the common thread, as seen in this limited-edition eye compact, in four versions. Each shadow is stamped with a woven texture, and the tweed case by Maison Lesage artisans is the perfect little jacket.