Roland Mouret, M.A.C. + Antonio Lopez

Roland Mouret‘s London outpost in Mayfair is set to host an Antonio Lopez in-store exhibition to celebrate the late fashion illustrator’s 70th birthday. Opening mid-September and remaining on view for five weeks, the exhibition will feature previously unseen works created for publications including Interview and The New York Times, alongside more recognizable pieces from the 60s-80s. London gallery East of Mayfair will present the exhibition online for those unable to see the works in person. Works in the upcoming exhibition will be available for purchase, and you can browse them online beginning on September 14th here.

Lopez’s work was brought back into the spotlight last year with the publication of the book Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, & Disco, a career retrospective published by Rizzoli with a forward by Andre Leon Talley and an epilogue by Anna Sui.  Suzanne Geiss concurrently hosted an exhibition, Antonio’s World, in her soho gallery which surveyed three decades of the illustrator’s creative output, including drawings, photographs, and ephemera. Lopez is most known for his seminal works throughout the 70s and 80s that adorned the pages of Vogue, WWD, Interview and The New York Times. Lopez was notorious for his drawings that commented on and took inspiration from contemporary culture. He worked with Karl Lagerfeld in the 70’s and helped to launch the careers of now-established models including Jerry Hall, Pat Cleveland, and Marisa Berenson, collectively known as “Antonio’s Girls.”  The artist sadly passed away in 1987 from AIDS, but it is clear his legacy lives on in the worlds of both art and fashion.

Also launching in September, M.A.C. Cosmetics recently announced a one month, limited-edition collection inspired by Lopez. In keeping with the disco era theme, the makeup collection, which includes eye shadows, lip palettes and cosmetic bags, will feature bold vibrant colors such as electric blue and fuchsia. Atonio’s Girls were appropriately tapped to star in the print ad campaign, their outfits matching the collection colors and inspired by the glamorous look of the 70s. The collection launches online on September 5th and in stores September 12th.

Antonio Lopez, "Untitled (Norma Kamali Campaign)", 1986

Antonio Lopez, “Untitled (Norma Kamali Campaign)”, 1986 (image via The Suzanne Geiss Company)

Gowns for Anna Piagi (photo credit DR)

Gowns for Anna Piagi (photo credit DR)

Makeup palettes from M.A.C.'s upcoming collection

Makeup palettes from M.A.C.’s upcoming collection

A shot from the upcoming print ad announcing the Lopez collection

A shot from the upcoming print ad announcing the Lopez collection

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Lancôme x Alber Elbaz

For his first-ever makeup project, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz has teamed up with Lancôme on a limited edition collection that hit stores just last week. Elbaz reimagined Lancôme’s four best-selling mascaras as curvaceous female bodies, lending his unmistakeable design style to the iconic product packaging of Hypnôse Drama, Hypnôse Doll Lashes, Hypnôse Star, and Définicils. But these weren’t just any women, they were the stylish fashionistas often seen in the front rows during fashion week, as depicted in this adorable animated video for the collection.

The nine-piece collection also includes a set of false eyelashes and four different Color Design Eye Shadow Palettes, each of which features the same design motifs as on the four mascaras: stars, polka dots, lashed eyelids, and hearts. Ladies – get ’em while they are hot, because these are sure to fly off shelves in no time.

The four mascaras in the collection

The four mascaras in the collection

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One of the shadow palette designs

One of the shadow palette designs

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The mascaras in female form

NARS x Pierre Hardy

What do shoes and blush have in common? If you asked me that a few months ago, I would have had to come up with quite a creative answer. Ask me that now, with the recent launch of the Pierre Hardy for NARS, collection, and the answer comes much easier.

The famed shoe designer—whose high platform pumps and wedges I can’t get enough of—collaborated with the makeup mavens over at NARS for a limited edition collection featuring two blush shades and six vibrant nail polish duos inspired by Hardy’s summer 2013 shoe collection. The blush palettes are embossed with Hardy’s signature cubic print, and the polishes come packaged in mini shoe boxes with dust bags. This isn’t the first time NARS has partnered with a fashion designer to inspire a line of nail colors—just one year ago I wrote about the brand’s partnership with Thakoon with a similar concept—but in my opinion, this collaboration, with all the extra design touches, was perfectly executed. The line is available now on narscosmetics.com or at your closest NARS beauty counter.

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Campaign shot for the collection

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The two blush hues with the geometric print

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How amazingly adorable is this packaging!?

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Bold shoes. Bold nails. Can’t go wrong.

M.A.C. Cosmetics X Rihanna

In a groundbreaking deal with MAC Cosmetics, girl-of-the-moment Rihanna has collaborated on multiple color cosmetic collections that will roll out over the course of the year. Though images from the various collections have been circulated to the media, the first product to launch in-stores will be RiRi Woo, a lipstick inspired the singer’s favorite MAC red, Ruby Woo. The release date coincides with Rihanna’s Diamonds Tour concerts on May 4 and 5 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. MAC will also open a pop-up shop on-site at the concert to showcase the line.

In an exclusive interview with WWD, Rihanna discussed channeling her creativity in other outlets, and her connection to MAC as a brand: “Being creative is something that I love, so I can put that into different outlets. Music happens to be the first thing that I gravitated to, and now music opens doors to just so many different opportunities, and they all tie in. My makeup looks, my fashion looks…they help me to express myself as an artist. I think it helps people to understand me or my mood, my story.”

The MAC deal is unprecedented in that the brand has never collaborated with a single personality on more than a one-time project. Rihanna, however, has co-created four collections that include a total of 31 SKUs. Rihanna’s name will appear on packaging, and her signature will be embossed on the RiRi Woo lipstick case as well as a few other products. She was shot for the fall and holiday and winter ad campaigns. As such, the singer is being referred to a “creative partner” rather than a collaborator.

Rihanna is truly having her moment, all at the ripe age of 25. Love this girl. Can’t wait to see what she does next.

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Pieces from the various Riri for MAC cosmetics collections

Rihanna looking stunning in custom Alaia at the Grammys

Rihanna looking stunning in custom Alaia at the Grammys

 

M.A.C. Cosmetics Taps Artists to Design Fall Makeup Bags

M.A.C. Cosmetics, longtime collaborators with artists, has teamed up with three notable illustrators to design their Fall 2012 makeup bags.  Julie Verhoeven, François Berthoud, and Nikki Farquharson each created a design for the bags, which come in two sizes, petite and small ($30 and $35). Verhoeven’s witty illustrations feature abstract faces made up with pops of vibrant hues. Berthoud applied modern, floral graphics in bold color blocks to his designs. And lastly, Farquharson’s signature art deco style comes alive through swirls of red and yellow.  Each bag is lined with a complementary design, has a zip closure, and a convenient loop handle. The bags are available Thursday at M.A.C. stores or now on maccosmetics.com. I’m dying for Verhoeven’s illustrated small bag – which is your favorite?

From Top Left: Verhoeven’s petite and small bags, Berthoud’s petite bag; From Bottom Left: Berthoud’s small bag, Farquharson’s petite and small bags (images courtesy of MACCostmetics.com

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

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!

An illustration by Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

A look at the packaging and items in the collection

Patterned False Eyelashes for the collection!

Carine Roitfeld for MAC Cosmetics

Giving Nars’ limited edition Andy Warhol collection this fall a run for their money, MAC Cosmetics will launch their own limited edition color cosmetics collection in collaboration with ex-Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld.  The fashion maven was involved in all aspects of the collection, including packaging design, product names and color palettes, which will focus on Roitfeld’s typical smoky eyes and nude lips.  Mario Sorrenti shot Roitfeld for the ad campaign, looking all, “I just rolled out of bed in this sexy lingerie number and am here to give you my most sultry look”.

Mrs Roitfeld is quite a busy lady these days – her new magazine CR debuts in September. My guess is an entire editorial spread will be dedicated to her new makeup collection.

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Collaboration Anticipation: Nars Andy Warhol Collection

This fall, Nars will launch “Nars Andy Warhol”, a new limited edition, color cosmetics collection created by founder Francois Nars under a license with The Andy Warhol Foundation.  Nars is no stranger to collaborations – most recently, the brand partnered with Thakoon to create a line of nail polishes inspired by the designer’s Spring 2012 Collection – but then neither is The Warhol Foundation.  In 2011, the artist’s estate raked in $6 million, earning the Pop Artist the number 13 spot on Forbes magazine’s ranking of “top-earning dead people”.  This is largely due to the Foundation’s rather indiscriminate product licensing policies, as his iconic images and persona have been lent to everything from Levi’s Jeans to Philip Treacy hats. (Something tells me that Warhol, originator of the “artist as a brand” phenomena, wouldn’t mind.)  But back to the makeup… The collection will feature “innovative packaging, formulas, and shades,” evocative of “the cool, image-rich, character-laden world of Warhol,” according to Women’s Wear Daily.  Bright bold colors are definitely having a fashion moment, so I predict the line will be extremely successful.  Nars is declaring that the Warhol partnership will be it’s largest strategic collaboration to date, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Thakoon for Nars limited edition nail polishes

Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe 31, 1967. Brightly painted images such as this are likely to serve as inspiration for the Nars color palettes.