Our beauty ideals are formed at a very young age and the art of Serge Lutens most certainly had an impact on me. I spent countless hours trying to look like the beautiful and mysterious women he created, styled and photographed for his legendary Shiseido ads.
The photo shown here is one of my favorites from the book “Serge Lutens” published in 2000- and yes, I still wish I could look this moody, glamorous and sparkly everyday! This fabulously over-sized book shows his work spanning from the 60′s through the 90′s and throughout, his concept of beauty remains constant: theatrically pale skin, dramatic eyes, strong lips, compelling shapes and surreal atmospheres. It’s no wonder he’s had such an amazing career that includes hairstylist, makeup artist, photographer, film maker as well as creative director for Christian Dior, Shiseido and his own luxurious line of cosmetics and perfumes.
This is the what started it all for me. Crystal Climbers was a building toy with various shapes and colors of plexiglass and it was my favorite as a child. I just loved how the light would shine through two pieces crossed over each other and seeing the new color that was made. Imagine my delight when on a visit to my parents’ house, I came across my set in the attic. It was like seeing a long lost beloved friend who also happens to fit in your luggage so you can take them back to New York with you. Now, we are happily reunited!
Yesterday, Pantone announced its Color of the Year for 2011- PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle. If this is any indication, I think 2011 will be a much better year! How can you lose in world filled with Honeysuckle? Check out these excerpts from the Pantone website:
A Color for for All Seasons
Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.
Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.
“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.
Take THAT 2010!
I cannot get enough of Doe Deere, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Unicorns. She is beyond adorable and her flair for using color in daring ways has me doing rainbow headstands! Shown here are lipsticks from her brand, Lime Crime , and they are just as scrumptious as they look- full coverage and full WOW!
Christian Dior is my favorite designer of all time and I go to every costume exhibit that features his ultra-feminine silouettes. In this photo, his ”Pepper Outfit”, nicknamed because of the cap, is a powerful look and very exciting for its head to toe use of one shade of red.
photo from “The New Look: The Dior Revolution” by Nigel Cawthorne