This is my friend Ilona Royce Smithkin, an astonishing painter who lives in Manhattan. We met on the street in the West Village. As I was walking by, I noticed her gorgeous, long red fake lashes and felt compelled to ask where she had purchased them. “I made them myself!” she replied proudly. I found out that Ilona trims her own hair (which is bright red) and applies the pieces as false lashes. That’s dedication, especially when you’re 91. Since then, Ilona has become one of my closest friends and has continued to inspire me to create many different kinds of couture lashes.