The house of Guerlain announces the launch of its Holiday 2016 collection, which is said to be inspired by the iconic Shalimar fragrance created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925. The most intriguing moment about this announcement is the fact that the collection is actually created by Guerlain’s time-honored muse, Natalia Vodianova and its creative director Olivier Echaudemaison.
Vodianova, who has been the face of Shalimar since 2008, shared her thoughts about the collection: "I wanted to name my first collection Shalimar, in homage to the fragrance I have been the face of for eight years and that symbolizes my link to Guerlain."
Vodianova is also a founder of The Naked Heart Foundation, a charity with an aim to help every child in Russia to have a loving family and a stimulating place to play. The charity constructs modern play parks in urban, impoverished areas of Russia, supports foster families, and helps families raising children with disabilities. A portion of profits from Vodianova’s Shalimar collection will be donated to The Naked Heart Foundation, to help raise funds for these noble goals.
With one bottle sold every minute, Shalimar remains Guerlain’s most recognizable fragrance to-date. The composition was inspired by the love story of Emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The period of Shah Jahan reign is considered the golden age of Mughal architecture, but his most magnificent creation remains the Taj Mahal at Agra, built in 1632–1654 as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The fragrance is named after one of his surviving buildings, the Shalimar Gardens of Lahore.
Guerlain x Natalia Vodianova Exceptional Collection for Holiday 2016 is strongly influenced by Shalimar aesthetic. All of the products are delivered in oriental-themed packaging with gold and blue accents. The star of the collection is Guerlain Soufflé d'Or de Shalimar, which is actually a perfumed iridescent mist for body and hair. The product is infused with sparkling gold shimmer and the recognizable scent of the Shalimar fragrance. Its atomizer bottle recalls the original Shalimar bottle. $95
Guerlain Meteorites Perles De Legende is a new, limited edition of Guerlain’s iconic handcrafted spheres of powder. This time, the pearls are made of rosy pink, shimmering gold, and soft blue powders. The chromatic trio reminds of the colors of the mosaics in Indian palaces, but each of them serves a practical purpose. The pink pearls enhance the natural color and freshness, the blue pearls correct an uneven skin tone and dark circles, while the gold pearls warm up and illuminate the complexion. $62
Guerlain Terracotta Tera India Shimmering Bronzing Powder is a gold-infused bronzer that creates a subtle, sun-kissed shimmer all year round. As Maxime Poulin, Guerlain's international beauty artist, explains, the bronzer is a lighter take on the classic summer bronzer. A shade with more gold is more flattering for paler skin during winter. This limited edition bronzer, embossed with an Oriental ornament, arrives in a royal blue compact. $56
Guerlain Precious Light Pearly Pink Illuminator is a delicate highlighter that creates a natural, downcast glow. Guerlain describes it as a sheer rosy pink shimmer finish. Apply it to the cheekbones, to the inner corner of the eye, the bridge of the nose, and the cupid’s bone. $52
Guerlain Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour arrives in a classic, bright red shade named 821 Rouge Saphir. Poulin has used this shade to create some stunning beauty looks as a preview of what is coming this November, and here’s Natalia herself applying the 821 Rouge Saphir shade. The lipstick is delivered in Rouge G’s iconic jewel case with integrated mirror. $54
Guerlain Ecrin Shalimar Eyeshadows in Gold and Sapphire, which is inspired by precious metals and stones, is an eyeshadow duo that combines an iridescent sapphire shade with the shade of old gold. These highly metallic textures have been formulated to give you an intense look. $51
Guerlain L'Or Eyeliner arrives in a shade named Sparkling Gold. This delicate shade allows you to create light-catching accents on your lash line. $35
Finally, the collection also includes Guerlain KissKiss Creamy Shaping Lip Color in 563 Indian Pink. Natalia Vodianova said that she even uses it on the cheekbones to brighten their color.
To read more about Shalimar the fragrance, and to hear the whole love story, please visit our sister website Fragrantica.com. Guerlain Exceptional Collection for Holiday 2016 launches November 1st, 2016.Advertisement