It was announced in early June that Karl Lagerfeld would design a limited-edition makeup collection for Shu Uemura. The collection would be titled Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura, and would launch in the U.S. in October and expand its international distribution in November. This week, however, the brand released a drawing of the collection’s mascot – a Lagerfeld-created character named Mon Shu – and a super-cute animated video about how she was created. Karl explained, “I wanted to invent my personal vision of a Japanese manga” when ideating what Mon Shu would look like, and her image will decorate the packaging of the collection.
Working with Shu Uemura was a relevant undertaking for Lagerfeld, as he has used Shu Uemura makeup to hand-color his illustrations, including fashion sketches, portraits and political cartoons, for more than 20 years. WWD reported exclusively on the 17-piece collection, which includes four lip shades, two different eye and cheek palettes, a dark purple gel eyeliner, two pairs of false eyelashes, an eyelash curler, several nail colors, a cleansing oil (one of Uemura’s most iconic products), a mini brush kit, and a makeup box, priced between $27 and $368.
If there’s one thing that’s for certain amid all the recent collaboration announcements for this winter, it’s that it will be almost impossible NOT to be able to find great gifts this holiday season!