Sophia J. Gonzalez covered emerging fashion design talent, trends, parties and breaking news as a contributor for the online publication before content migrated to in 2015.


Claire Courtin-Clarins Changes Faces

Written by Sophia J. Gonzalez | October 2013

“I am so nervous!” confessed Claire Courtin­-Clarins at last night’s soirée celebrating her first­-ever art exhibition. Dressed in a rosy Thierry Mugler number, the beauty heiress battled jitters in an effort to raise money for Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED Foundation.

The philanthropic opening drew the rest of Courtin­-Clarins’ clan as well as Julia Restoin­-Roitfeld, Lily Kwong, Giovanna Battaglia, and Reed Krakoff, among other guests, and attendees were able to silently bid on Courtin­-Clarins’ paintings. Titled Faces of Change, the show featured collage portraits of world leaders and human rights activists ranging from Rosa Parks to Angelina Jolie to Bill Gates.

Hung in Chelsea’s airy Haven’s Kitchen, the minimalist portraits were noticeably lacking—in facial detail, that is. To say that Courtin­-Clarins should choose to depict each do­-gooder sans visage is ironic, given Courtin­-Clarin’s relationship to the 59­-year-­old French beauty brand that bears her name. “I wanted to show more of what makes these people unique, and it could also be you,” she explained.

The silent auction ends online at on October 22, and as of now, someone named “Happypapa” (who’s naturally assumed to be Courtin-­Clarins’ actual papa, Christian Courtin-­Clarins) is the leading bidder on the Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi portraits. Said the artist, “I told my father that he can’t monopolize the sale!”

Photo of Christian Courtin-Clarins courtesy of

Photo of Christian Courtin-Clarins courtesy of