Virginie Courtin-Clarins is the one to call when you have a beauty question. Virginie comes from a beauty dynasty; she is the granddaughter of Clarins founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins. However it was fashion that proved to be her calling, after she was assigned to the style department at French department store Printemps despite applying for a beauty job.
That said, Virginie’s top beauty tip is to warm moisturizer between your palms and pat it onto your face:
Rubbing it in is the worst thing to do — you create wrinkles from nothing.
She was more than familiar with the Mugler brand though, as her family acquired the label in 1997. “I remember being backstage with Thierry when I was a child,” she recalled. “It’s a beautiful brand and the DNA is so strong.”
When founder Thierry retired from the fashion house in 2003, the brand slipped off the fashion map. However it was revived under Nicola Formichetti and is once again a global name.
In December 2013 The House of Mugler announced that Georgian designer David was taking over from Nicola Formichetti in the role of artistic director. David got the full backing of Virginie Courtin-Clarins, Mugler’s Director of Marketing and Communications Development.
David sees women the same way Thierry did; he loves real women’s bodies and loves to play with their curves,” Virginie smiled to The Edit “I didn’t want someone to just copy what Thierry did. I wanted a fresh start.
Thinking about the Mugler woman, Virginie says the cornerstone of her style has never changed. “She has always been a power woman,” she explained. “She is confident and wants to be glamorous and sexy, but not in a vulgar way.
Before she was more for the night — it was difficult to spend the whole day working in those tight dresses.