Profile of Emily Blunt

Emily BLUNT is one of the most prominent and respected actresses of her generation. Her talent and versatility have enabled her to shine in a wide range of roles. Her performance as the career-minded secretary in the much-acclaimed comedy "The Devil Wears Prada" was unforgettable, and embodied a budding Queen just as impressively in "Young Victoria". Both performances won her a nomination in the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.

Emily has partnered outstanding actors including Meryl Streep, Benicio del Toro, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Anthony Hopkins. In 2012, she will be seen alongside Ewan McGregor in "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen". After that she stars opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in "Looper." Last but not least, she will be seen with Jason Segel in "Five Year Engagement".

"I am highly honoured to have been chosen by the Yves Saint Laurent Parfums to embody OPIUM. I have great admiration for Yves Saint Laurent, which has always been the perfect expression of elegance and its mystical, indescribable power. It is an extraordinary experience to represent this legendary fragrance, which has travelled down through the years without losing any of its power. It's really exciting to be part of this new campaign and be able to express the history of this evocative perfume!" says Emily BLUNT.

Profile of Emily Blunt

Emily BLUNT is one of the most prominent and respected actresses of her generation. Her talent and versatility have enabled her to shine in a wide range of roles. Her performance as the career-minded secretary in the much-acclaimed comedy "The Devil Wears Prada" was unforgettable, and embodied a budding Queen just as impressively in "Young Victoria". Both performances won her a nomination in the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.

Emily has partnered outstanding actors including Meryl Streep, Benicio del Toro, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Anthony Hopkins. In 2012, she will be seen alongside Ewan McGregor in "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen". After that she stars opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in "Looper." Last but not least, she will be seen with Jason Segel in "Five Year Engagement".

"I am highly honoured to have been chosen by the Yves Saint Laurent Parfums to embody OPIUM. I have great admiration for Yves Saint Laurent, which has always been the perfect expression of elegance and its mystical, indescribable power. It is an extraordinary experience to represent this legendary fragrance, which has travelled down through the years without losing any of its power. It's really exciting to be part of this new campaign and be able to express the history of this evocative perfume!" says Emily BLUNT.

INRO - A BREAKAWAY BEYOND THE WORLD

Drawing on its contemporary character, force and refinement at the source of the myth, the Opium bottle symbolises a journey to an imaginary world full of fantasy.

"This will be the fragrance of the Empress of China," said Monsieur Saint Laurent when the idea came to him. This oriental inspiration was notably to take shape through the Inro bottle.

The Inr?, the precious box of Far Eastern warriors, was what inspired the bottle for the extract. To evoke Chinese lacquer, the glass is tinted with frosted bistre and conceals the fragrance in the enigmatic indistinctness of its smoky wreaths. A powerful, majestic golden circle takes pride of place in the centre, an open window that transcends the invitation to a perfumed breakaway. It is emphasised by the line of a black cord that plunges into the fragrance: a precious materialisation of the link between the woman and her perfume.

A promise of escape into ecstasy and voluptuous pleasure.

In osmosis with his subtle and sparkling personality, Lloyd Simmonds's creations are invitations to explore the essence of a passion. With "Etincelles de vie" (sparks of life) and "Pulsions de couleurs" (colour instincts), make-up is for him a palette of emotions from which he draws the essence of a character to reveal a face made of shadow and light.

For a number of years he has been collaborating with the top international magazines in France, the US, Italy, Germany, Japan, the UK and Russia, including Vogue, Numero, Harper’s Bazaar, Citizen K, Amica, Flair and the New York Times.

Lloyd also works with the big names in fashion and beauty photography, including Karl Lagerfeld, Patrick Demarchelier, Jean Paul Goude, Arthur Elgort, Miles Aldridge, Greg Kadel and Ben Hasset.

His continued interest in the theatrical aspect of fashion has also led him to collaborate in the fashion shows of Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Lanvin, Dior Couture and ready-to-wear, Valentino Couture and ready-to-wear, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabanna, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Comme des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto, among others.

A visionary aesthete, sensitive artist and talented all-rounder, Lloyd Simmonds has a unique way of working with colour. His masters, Van Dongen and Otto Dix, are found in German Expressionism, where colours blossom on canvas in solid shades of great intensity. His blank sheet is the face, over which he bends to apply his upstrokes and downstrokes. With the aid of a brush, which he acknowledges as his chief mode of expression, he stages women with a beauty that is not only a matter of rigour and perfection. With Lloyd, it is pure expression. Radical. Feline, and like a chrysalis...

"I want women to reinvent themselves through colour, adapting it to the different moments in their lives."

In this way, since 2010, Lloyd has been bringing a new dimension to the creation and expression of Yves Saint Laurent make-up. He creates its colours, and participates in designing new products and devising collections, textures and new rituals. Working with the development teams and laboratories, he thus helps to expand the style of Yves Saint Laurent make-up and promote the expression of something all women seek: to stand apart from others while remaining themselves.

"The most beautiful face is one where the personality truly stands out: it is a question of a glow, a force."

Deeply inspired by the world of theatre and ballet, Lloyd Simmonds stands at the crossroads of beauty and art. He is one of the most creative and sensitive international make-up artists of his generation.

Born in the shadow of the Rockies in North Carolina, he emerged into the light many years ago, and his essence still reflects his formative years in a wild countryside where flowers were few but intensely coloured: a silent, controlled surface and an interior seething with activity.

Extraordinary Journeys

What did creating mean for Yves Saint Laurent? Recreating. The couturier revolutionised the female wardrobe by infusing it with the colourful landscapes of his travels. Travels to Africa, Russia, Morocco and India - or journeys in the mind… Yves Saint Laurent went beyond the frontiers of fashion and created modern clothes by exploring cultures. The exhibition entitled "Voyages extraordinaires" offers a chance to travel through the real and imaginary countries that inspired the couturier in 40 years of creation.

For further information go to the Fondation Pierre Berge Yves Saint Laurent website

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