Tom Ford Makes Lauder Debut in Paris
PARIS — The extended Estée Lauder family just keeps on growing.

That seemed to be the case last Thursday when the venerable U.S. brand feted the imminent arrival of its Tom Ford Estée Lauder Amber Nude limited-edition fragrance and cosmetics collection here.

"How pregnant are you?" inquired veteran Lauder face Elizabeth Hurley to newcomer Gwyneth Paltrow at the launch party at hip boutique Colette. Paltrow, the recently appointed face of fragrance classic Pleasures, has been keeping mum on rumors that she and her rocker husband, Chris Martin, are expecting a second child. To wit, she shushed her colleague, but couldn't help sharing a knowing smile.

"The planets have lined up," quipped John Demsey, global brand president of Estée Lauder and MAC Cosmetics, of the star-studded guest list in town to celebrate Ford's chic take on Lauder's scent, Youth Dew, and its accompanying makeup line. Only Carolyn Murphy, who was working in Los Angeles, was a no-show at the soiree, which also included Aerin Lauder, the brand's senior vice president of global creative directions.

"I think glamour is forever," Ford told revelers. "The act of opening a compact is almost as glamorous as wearing it — it's a meditative moment."

The designer also reminisced about working on the Lauder project, which is to be followed by a second limited-edition Estée Lauder by Tom Ford collection for spring and a signature line in the fall.

"I don't know if I have learned anything, but I had a lot of fun," he said.

His first fragrance project for Lauder, Youth Dew Amber Nude, already is getting the thumbs-up from devotees.

"I love it," said Paltrow. "I alternate between Pleasures and Youth Dew."

In true British style, Hurley declared the line: "Exactly my cup of tea."

And High Street shoppers seem to be giving it similar acclaim. Ford noted the collection, which was launched in the U.S. in November, already has almost sold out there, with some products now fetching big prices on eBay.

Demsey is expecting a similar, if not greater, response on this side of the pond. The fragrance was launched on an exclusive basis in Milan's Rinascente Duomo Thursday night, where it will stay exclusive until February, when it will be rolled out to 700 Italian perfumeries.

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