The heat and hauteur of the French Riviera inspires Nars's latest collection.
“Beauty has no rules,” someone glamorous once said, and certainly photographer-turned-cosmetics mogul François Nars would agree. Nars Summer 2016 Collection: Under Cover, the latest iteration of the company’s annual fab-collab between M. Nars and a preeminent artist or designer (past honorees have included iconic photographer Steven Klein and Brit-fashion darling Christopher Kane), is an all-out call-out to the home of FN’s youth: the south of France. With a modern-day edge, of course. “The Côte d’Azur is deeply beautiful,” says Nars. “The culture there reminds me of the glamour of old Hollywood movies. There is adventure, art, and always, always fashion.” With names such as “Overheated” (lip cover), “Topless” (eye shadow), and “Sexual Content” (blush, yes!), the products deliver just the kind of sultry swank that insatiable beauty lovers crave. And who better to convey that sensibility than Athens-born socialite and artist Konstantin Kakanias, 54, who designed the packaging. “Konstantin’s sense of energy and play in his compositions is so clever and still so chic,” says Nars. “He was the perfect collaborator.” “I was invited by François to an imaginary weekend in the south of France photographing beautiful girls,” says Kakanias, whose fanciful drawings and ceramics are collected by the crème de la crème of the international jet set. “I tried to imagine the whole situation… and say, ‘Have fun. Be chic. Be daring.’” Fait accompli.