So imagine my excitement when I found out that Lancome is going to be collaborating with one of my favourite designers, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin! I can only imagine how gorgeous this collaboration will be.
Having worked for the house of Lanvin in Paris on one of their first men’s advertising campaigns (super hairstylist James Rowe was doing hair, and I was doing grooming), I have a very soft spot in my heart for Alber Elbaz’s elegant and refined version of womanhood.
“Alber Elbaz is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most influential fashion designers. But beyond that, he is also the most talented, explains Youcef S. Nabi, Lancôme President. His sense of luxury, his vision of femininity and that hint of audacity resonate perfectly with the new values of the Maison Lancôme. We are extremely proud and happy that, with us, he is set to channel his universe into the world of make-up for the very first time.”
The new Alber Elbaz for Lancome collection will be unveiled worldwide on June 15th, 2013, and I for one, can’t wait.
In the meantime here’s a fab backstage video, an oldie but a goodie from 2009, of the Lanvin Autumn/Winter show. This still looks amazing with Guido’s blunt cut long bobs and Pat McGrath’s shiny metallic black-rimmed eyes. I also love the interview with Alber where he talks about loving your differences, and being sick of uniformity and the clone-like nature of modern fashion. Still relevant, four years on.
I hate you Tom Ford – you keep creating gorgeous new products that I just feel I can’t live without. How is that even possible when I have a whole room full of makeup, and yet, each season you come out with yet another slew of beautiful goodies that I can’t get out of my head.
Case in point – the new Fall 2012 collection. Exhibit A – the Emerald Lust eyequad. Since I’ve been getting back into brights in a big way, would I like a beautiful teal and emerald quad? Oh yes alright then, I would – especially as I think the Tom Ford eyeshadow quads are amongst the best out there in shade selection, pigment pay off and blendability. And you also have a gorgeous plummy brown quad do you? Oh, you don’t say. Throw that in the bag too then. I also like that the eyeshadows have matte shades and also amazing fine gaugue glitter shadows in the same quad. SO good for evening makeup!
And what’s that new cream eyeshadow? You know I think his cream eyeshadows are amongst the best on the market. And it’s in a deep ruby wine shade that’s perfect as a base for a sultry smoky eye? It would be just rude not to have that too.
Not to mention there’s also a beautiful vivid pink blush (appropriately called Narcissist, since I think when you’re wearing this blush you can’t take your eyes off yourself), and the lipstick in Aphrodisiac, a bright fuchsia rose.
In fact this whole collection (and the stunning campaign images with makeup by super makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury) have had me thinking non-stop about the high-octane glamour of Robert Palmer’s videos – who can forget his ultimate Guy Bourdin-esque femme fatales?
When I was a little girl I thought I would one day magically morph into these other-worldly beauties – little did I know that beauty in the 80’s involved kilos of cosmetics, multiple cans of hairspray and Giorgip Saint Angelo bandage dresses, as well as a whole bottle of Dior Poison perfume (also little did I know it would take a full body transformation, an extra three feet in height and the desire to look like you were permanently walking around in a Helmut Newton photograph, but I digress).*
But you know what? This season no one told Tom Ford that and with this delicious new Fall collection, I might just have a shot ait it.
*air guitar playing optional
Blue Illusion de Chanel
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of using the brand new Spring/Summer Chanel collection on a beauty shoot. Chanel products are always a dream to play with, and this collection even more so than usual as it’s all blues! Mr Lagerfeld must have been reading my recent post about my lust for blue eyeshadow as he has released a whole collection just for me (I like to think so, anyway). Mr Lagerfeld has us taking to the friendly skies with his fabulous new collection – and it made me dream of air travel in the 60’s. Here’s a vintage Pan Am video to get you in the mood:
The Ombre d’Illusions range of eyeshadows have to be some of my most favourite, favourite products in the world. Put it this way, if there was a fire and I could only save some of my makeup, these guys would be some of the first rescued! I love these for a smoky eye with a twist.
Then there’s the two new eyeliners (two I tell you! Mr Lagerfeld, you do spoil us) – Marine Intense Eye pencil, which is a deep blackened blue, and Blue Aerien Precision Eye Definer which is a lovely, rich cobalt.
Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Chic is the lip colour to go with it, which is a, well, chic little nothing of a lip. It is on the pale brown side which channels perfectly with the current shift back to the 90’s with its love of brown lipstick. But as this is sheer its easy to wear and very a la mode.
The nailpolish in Skyline continues Chanel’s straight run of stand out polish shades. It’s an incredible, vivid sky blue and such a nice change from the usual bronze/peach/gold summer collections. It makes me think of tropical water, clear blue skies and sunshine and it’s the first thing I’m packing for my current trip to Bali (far more important than say, sunscreen or clothes). If I could float way on this little jewel of a polish colour right now I would.
Also makeup maestro Peter Phillips used all the colours of the new collection IN the Chanel Spring/Summer Couture show. So if you’d like to look like Lindsey Wixon, just head to your local Chanel counter *
Illamasqua are a makeup company dear to my heart – not just because I assisted their Creative Director, Alex Box, for many years, or because I was there back even before the launch and Alex would give me their first prototype products to try (I still have these, don’t you know). But I absolutely love what Illamasqua stand for which is true originality, and expression of the self through makeup, no matter how daring, bold or wild that self might be. The more daring the better! They see beauty in everything and everywhere, as I do, and constantly push the boundaries in their campaign images and product development, and for that I will always love them.
I can really get behind their latest campaign as well, which is Beauty Before Age. They are looking for people of any vintage who don’t let this define them, and also pairs – so nieces and aunties, mothers and daughters, grandmothers and grandsons, or any combination you can think of, to shoot in their upcoming Autumn/Winter campaign. It’s so wonderful they have planned a whole campaign around beauty being ageless. Age is literally just a number and it’s time we started to appreciate a more diverse range of beauty, instead of whippet thin teenage girls and the army of Kim Kardashian clones coming out of Hollywood. In your 50’s, 60’s 70’s 80’s and beyond you can still look and feel beautiful – and Illamasqua’s new campaign is about celebrating that.
Find out more on the Illamasqua website