With fashion month in full swing, we’ve tapped our community of influencers for the best skin experts in each of the international style destinations.
Written By Jess Basser Sanders
Here at The Violet Files, we believe skin is every woman’s best accessory. And during Fashion Month, it’s even more important than your new Chloé handbag or Gucci fur-lined loafers. In honor of the occasion, we’ve compiled a directory of the best skin-perfecting professionals on each stop along the sartorial pilgrimage.
In an Upper East Side townhouse, Bicaj ministers to fashion insiders like Jenna Lyons and Aerin Lauder with a French-inspired approach. Using only three product lines—Biologique Recherche, Valmont, and Future Cosmetics Boutique—Bicaj emphasizes therapeutic-grade ingredients without toxic chemicals. A client favorite is the Remodeling treatment, which employs a Biologique Recherche microcurrent machine to tighten muscles and promote skin regeneration, sans scalpel.
Institut de Beaute; 30 East 67th Street, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10065; (212) 861-1007
Models, as well as fashion and beauty insiders, vie for coveted spots on Mattioli’s plush treatment table, where she customizes each client’s regimen with anything from oxygenating therapies to peels to light lasering and extractions. Mattioli is so gentle that patrons have been known to fall asleep during extractions, and so thorough that overscheduled ladies can get away with just one facial a season.
Complete Skin MD; 225 East 64th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10065; (212) 759-4900
The secret to Kate Moss’s youthful look (and, rumor has it, Angelina Jolie's), given her legendary lifestyle? In great part, it’s Joss and her signature Inner Massage. The skincare expert holds a degree in biology and physiology, and she studied with a lymphatic drainage specialist in Malaysia. All of this lends her a unique perspective on beauty, to say the least. Her speciality is facial massage—from the inside out. After starting with a vigorous traditional technique that uses facial oil to give the face natural volume, she moves on to the much less traditional and massages the insides of clients' mouths to perk up and firm skin. It’s little wonder that designers like Roland Mouret and Matthew Williamson have enlisted Joss to give hardworking model skin a backstage boost at their shows.
Nichola Joss has regular popups in London and New York, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
When your client list includes members of the British Royal Family, tradition and discretion are requisite—and Lacey has both in spades. Working from a private atelier whose address is disclosed only once an appointment is secured, Lacey eschews the latest and greatest gadgets in favor of a more classic touch. Lasers, lights, currents, and peels aren't on the menu; instead, expect her own cult product line, natural oils, facial massage, and hydrating masks. Lacey prepped the complexions of the entire Skyfall cast for the big screen, and counts Gwyneth Paltrow as a regular, so her methods are clearly working.
Amanda Lacey, by appointment only; +44 (0)7590436029; email@example.com
In a town known for its great fashion but not its wealth of beauty experiences, Frenchman Malbert brings in some Parisian savoir faire. After working in Milan for years, he’s become a favorite of industry insiders like fashion writer (and founder of the new vintage and Milan-centric lifestyle site LaDoubleJ.com) J. J. Martin. Malbert uses beloved French product line Biologique Recherche, and specializes in its Remodeling treatment for a facelift-like finish.
Studio Estetico 11; Via Fratelli Ruffini 11, 20123, Milan; +39 02 4851 3621
Veteran facialist Ciocco has been perfecting the peaux of chic Parisian and international clientele for more than 30 years. A qualified biochemist, Ciocco takes an individualized, scientific approach to every face she sees, which has made her a favorite of the fashion set (Carine Roitfeld, Marc Jacobs, and model-turned-political-wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy are all clients). She handpicks products for each treatment, with a heavy focus on cleansing and facial massage to improve circulation. All of this personalization comes at a price (think three to four figures), but Ciocco’s years of experience and devotees speak for themselves.
Joelle Ciocco Paris; 8 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris; +33 1 42 60 58 80
An organic trailblazer in ultra-traditional Paris, Jaulin works out of a third-floor apartment in a Haussmann-style building on the storied Rue Saint Honoré. A favorite of frequent VIOLET GREY contributor, makeup artist, and ultimate French cool girl Violette, Jaulin takes a holistic approach, looking within for the best results on the surface. In laywoman’s terms, that means marrying personalized facials (using the latest eco-friendly technology) with detox and wellness consultations inspired by herbalist Peter Jentschura.
L'appartement 217, 217 rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris; +33 1 42 96 00 96
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