How did a 60-year-old academic from Leipzig become the fashionistas’ new crush? They swear he can make them look younger, of course. Harriet Walker meets Augustinus Bader, the professor behind a bottle of £200 skin cream.
Victoria Beckham thinks it’s “AMAZING” and Vanity Fair described it as a “real-life time machine” – meet the wrinkle cream for which the A-list are prepared to pay £8 a squirt. Net-A-Porter can barely keep it in stock and the product itself has racked up sales of more than £4.7 million in only two years.
Margot Robbie uses Augustinus Bader, as does Carla Bruni. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Naomi Campbell and Yasmin le Bon are all fans. Beckham was so obsessed, she enlisted its creator to come up with a moisturiser for her own range.
I meet Professor Bader, director of applied stem cell biology and cell technology at the University of Leipzig, at the 0.01 per cent Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, a few days after he sat front row at Beckham’s fashion week show last month.
What do the 60-year-old German academic’s colleagues make of his new celebrity friends?
“I haven’t told them,” he says nervously. “I said I was going on holiday.”
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