Lucy Boynton on the pleasures of London’s parks, escape from the 1960s and Chloe’s latest scent

Since the world has known Lucy boynton—In turn in 2016 Chanter Street, set in the mid-80s in Dublin, followed by the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody-she gave the improbable impression of a greenhouse flower, blooming in the simulated reality of Hollywood red carpets. The actor’s fashion choices dive into mod hems and whimsical bows. Her makeup reads like an exercise in stylized spontaneity, with delicate arcs of liquid liner or a touch of red eye shadow; a Twiggy eyelash is a reliable signature. All of this speaks to the innate sense of Boynton’s character play. More than anything, she told me at the start of the pandemic’s tracksuit phase, getting dressed is “an opportunity to feel like myself – or like I want to feel – in a slightly intimidating environment or less. natural”.

Over the next year, marked by collective downtime, Boynton found another way to feel grounded. “I think you really re-learn how to appreciate these London parks when you are only allowed to go out for an hour a day,” Boynton said over the phone, recalling the blockages that persisted until early 2021. The city empty, stripped of its daily hustle and bustle, was a strange place to lay a low profile, even for a native. “Walking through Regent’s Park and taking the time to take stock of everything around you has been surprisingly impactful,” she says. “I’m pretty, dunno, embarrassed that I didn’t do it sooner.”

Nature has a way of calming the nervous system: the soles of the feet connect to the earth’s electromagnetic field, or the sensory adjustment that’s supposed to come with forest baths. If Boynton has found peace among the yews and maple trees of the park, she also appears at ease nestled in the trunk of a huge gnarled tree in the countryside of the latest Chloe fragrance. Called Eau de Parfum Naturelle, it is the first fragrance under the direction of the creative director Gabriela Hearst—A champion of sustainability at the luxury level — and rightly so, this is an all-natural scent. “Fresh, invigorating and crisp” is Boynton’s way of describing the clear rose scent, which draws a subtle luminosity from the citrus varietal citron. “It immediately takes me somewhere barefoot, probably barefoot in one of those beautiful London parks,” she said, “maybe with a little bit of Dylan Where Léon Bridges background. It sounds pretty idyllic.

Chloé Natural Eau de Parfum

Chloe’s emphasis on good management has echoed throughout the industry, where fashion and beauty companies are reassessing not only what goes into their products, but the ramifications of production as well. “It sends a very important message when a brand as important as Chloe holds itself accountable in such a public way,” says Boynton – and does so without compromising the exquisite end results, she emphasizes. Here, the actress shares her own philosophy of natural beauty, a novel about Aldous Huxley, and the scent landscape of the set of her upcoming six-part miniseries, The Ippress file. Based on Len deighton1962 spy novel (which inspired a 1965 film with Michael caine), it’s heading to ITV in February, with a US release date on the horizon.

Vanity Show: This new fragrance is centered on nature. What have you read lately – or maybe something from your personal canon – that taps into this theme?

Lucy Boynton: I read recently Isle by Aldous Huxley, and I found it to be such a deeply impactful read. He explores this idea of ​​stripping everything – stripping away the excess of human life and experiences, everything humans project onto this earth – and this idea of ​​returning to this central concept of the environment. I really loved this book. And I remember – I don’t know why, I haven’t read it in years – but reading EM Forster in school: A room with a view. Nature in this was such a catalyst to signify the emotional commentary on the story. I remember it was really beautiful.

Chloe’s artistic director, Gabriela Hearst, grew up in a house where items were fixed before they were thrown away, and she advocates quality over quantity when it comes to clothing. What about your own wardrobe: are there any vintage pieces that have earned their place, or do you have a habit of waterproofing boots for longevity?

My sister has always been so good at vintage shopping, so from a young age I’ve been tracking eBay and vintage shops in London. But my favorite pieces are the ones I inherited from my mother, I think also because of their sentimental value, of course. My favorite of her that I always seem to take with me is this really nice black and sheer DKNY shirt, and the perfect kind of oversized to be a dress or a shirt with jeans. I don’t want the butcher with a lot of descriptions, but it’s just a perfect piece. I try to take really good care of my clothes, but I kind of like to wear everything. Even if waterproofing the shoes would be terribly useful!

In the beauty space, the conversation around natural ingredients has broadened to include a focus on sustainability in sourcing and packaging. How has your approach to skin care adapted as a result?

I always favored organic and natural products anyway because my skin is really sensitive. I love Weleda Rose Moisturizer and Cleansing Milk, those two things are really lovely and sweet. Now I’m trying to extend this organic awareness to more sustainable products. There is a great makeup artist I worked with a few times in London, Justine jenkins, and she only uses organic, sustainable and cruelty-free products. She has always been very insightful that this awareness is not some kind of compromise. More and more, I think a lot more brands are now listening to this – that you can still maintain the quality of the products and have them be aware in all of these ways.

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