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Guerlain Transforms Black Orchid in Artistic Masterpiece

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Guerlain’s luxurious facial cream, Orchidée Impériale Black, revolutionized skincare when it emerged on the scene in 2016.

Today, a special limited release brings a new artful dimension to this iconic product that not only nurtures the skin but also enriches the eye and soul.

The extraordinary new edition of Orchidée Impériale Black was created in collaboration with contemporary Chinese artist Li Hongbo, who designed the exquisite packaging for the silky balm.

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Artist Li Hongbo creates the unique packaging for Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale Black.

The decadent cream is named after its main active ingredient: the Black Orchid, or Cycnoches cooperi.

An exotic flower curved in a shape resembling a swan’s neck, the orchid has been selected from a pool of 30,000 species by Guerlain’s researchers for its impressive adaptive qualities.

The flower’s essence was captured for the Orchidée Impériale Black line in the form of the BlackImmuneTM formula to protect the skin against aging.

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The stunning collaboration between Guerlain and Li Hongbo.

Created by Li and brought into existence by the renowned porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud, the packaging for the cream’s new edition begins with the precious, onyx-black porcelain jar, upon which glitters an artful orchid motif.

The sketch is drawn in detail by the artist and is then finely reproduced on the porcelain in 24-karat gold.

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Li Hongbo’s beautiful design

The art doesn’t end there, however, as the jar is presented on an intricate pedestal—a three-dimensional, trompe-l’oeil paper sculpture made by elaborately shaping orchids from cutout paper.

The orchids are then embellished with a hand-painted, 24-karat gold floral motif for an extra stunning effect.

The limited edition of Orchidée Impériale Black comes either as a face cream or as a special Trilogy set, packaged in a sleek black box that includes a facial serum and eye cream.

This special product will be exclusively available for purchase at Holt Renfrew and on Guerlain.com.

 

This story is from Magnifissance Issue 115

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