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.

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Art+Fashion Collabs Now Available for Purchase!

I have written about various art and fashion collaborations as they were announced over the past few months, often before seeing any of the resulting merchandise. But now, many of the actual products from these partnerships are finally available for purchase! Below is a recap of some of the enviable goods now hitting the market.

James Jean’s OVM Jewelry at Lane Crawford

James Jean, the artist most known in the fashion world for his whimsical illustrations that adorned the Prada Fairy bag that will forever hold a place in fashion history, launched his OVM jewelry collection online last year. Now, a special limited-edition collection by Jean is being sold exclusively at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, and the artist was given free reign to construct a live art installation for the launch. Jean adorned the store’s concept room Blitz, constructed entirely of glass, with white sketches of butterflies, foliage and whimsical creatures. “I want people to feel like they entered a different dimension or world, this surreal, dream-like space,” he said to WWD.

View of the OVM display at Lane Crawford

Jean’s whimsical design on the glass wall

Nars Andy Warhol Collection

When I wrote about this collection back in June, Nars had yet to release images of the products. Now you can pick up the Pop-art inspired makeup at Sephora or online at Nars.com.

Flower eyeshadow palette

Kiss Mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coffret

Jimmy Choo + Rob Pruitt

We got a glimpse of some of the designs from this collaboration back in June, but the entire collection is now available on Net-a-Porter. The goods feature Pruitt’s signature Panda motif, alongside leopard print, cool zebra stripes, candy sprinkles, and glitter all in an array of rainbow colors. The playful 18-piece collection includes shoes, handbags, and other accessories.

Sprinkle wedges

Angel and Devil minaudières

Ling-ling Tote Bag

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.