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In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on October 8, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Beauty is this family’s business

Olivia Chantecaille’s mother, father and sister are essential to high-end cosmetics firm, Published On Thu Oct 08 2009

A modern creature, such as might have been imagined by writers of fashionable entertainments – novels, TV, movies – Olivia Chantecaille is both a cosmetics executive and a rail-thin representative of New York’s new guard social x-rays.

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Olivia Chantecaille

As the creative director and face of Chantecaille, the high-end beauty brand with a reputation for innovation and sophistication, Chantecaille last week made her first visit to Toronto.

She did a day’s worth of interviews and hosted a lunch at Holt Renfrew attended by this city’s neo-socialites.

Once chronicled as an out-every-night gadabout, photographed at the Winter Dance for the American Museum of Natural History or the Save Venice Spring Ball, Chantecaille says she has curbed the habit since May when she married Warren G. Grady III, an investment banker. But she still maintains a crammed schedule promoting her family business.

Her French-born mother, Sylvie, already a legend in the industry for having steered the launch of Estée Lauder’s Prescriptives range in 1977, started Chantecaille in 1997 and still runs the ship.

Also on board is Olivia’s father, Olivier, who used to be a wine merchant in charge of sales for his family’s vineyard in France and is now the beauty company’s CEO, and her sister Alex, director of sales and manager of the Chantecaille Energy Spa at Barney’s New York.

Olivia Chantecaille, who studied fine art in Paris and New York, worked on the brand from the beginning.

Supported by her forward-thinking mother, she assumed greater responsibilities and grew confident in her own taste, which, as demonstrated at her Toronto engagements, is close to impeccable.

Olivia Chantecaille (left) wore Jason Wu for the lunch she hosted at Holt Renfrew.

For the lunch, Chantecaille chose a shouldered blouse and print skirt by Jason Wu. Meeting with the press, she combined a sleeveless, tiered, ecru top and slim black pants by Thakoon, with a trim jacket (a tribute to the tailoring skills of Dolce & Gabbana) and the plainest of handbags – by her friend, Sang A, a Korean pop star turned designer of bags in exotic skins – not unlike the one toted by Leighton Meester on Gossip Girl.

Sang A - Korean Hand Bag Designer launches in the United States
Starting this Fall, Sang A has created her first collection of luxurious clutches and totes created from exotic skins such as python and alligator ranging in prices from $1,000 to $10,000 and selling in boutiques across the United States and Asia.

While the Chantecaille fall collection includes a quadrant of dark metallic eyeshadows in keeping with the season’s revival of the 1980s, Chantecaille’s own makeup is ahead of the curve, more in tune with the minimalism that was the big news at the just-wrapped ready-to-wear shows in Paris.

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Mega Lashes!

Her hair is long, loose and shiny. She jokes that she has put “just about everything” on her face, but you would never know. Her mouth is a modish red, in a shade more modern and understated than old-school fire engine. Except for a pale, neutral shadow, her eyes are bare. They meet the world with benefit of neither liner nor mascara, for which she says “I should be spanked.” Chantecaille, among many companies lately on a mascara kick, has just launched one that promises mega-lashes.

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Apple

Chantecaille thrives on the technological advances that let the beauty industry constantly renew itself, as in a new eye product that relies on the stem cells of apples – now trending in skin care – to combat the effects of aging.

She is also knowledgeable about biodiversity in the high seas, ocean preservation being a passion of her family and a cause supported by such initiatives as coral compacts or shadows in blue whale blue.

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Angelina Jolie lips

The company also maintains links to the worldlier realm of pop culture, and keeps track of its celebrity connections. Angelina Jolie is fond of a lip gloss called Charm.

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Fans also include other Hollywood professionals. For the highly anticipated The Twilight Saga: New Moon, makeup artist Robin Mathews has used a Chantecaille Future Skin foundation in alabaster to achieve a pale vampire complexion.

via Beauty is this family’s business – thestar.com.

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