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April 20 2014

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Gareth Gets Glam

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We broke the news last month that Gareth Pugh would be bringing his special brand of gothic futurism to the beauty sphere through a collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. Last night, the makeup giant made it official. “We look for collaborations with young designers; that’s why we’ve always been so supportive of Gareth and what he does,” said MAC senior vice president of Global Product Development Jennifer Balbier over cocktails at New York’s New Museum. “The super-edited collection is going to be something that everyone who either knows Gareth or wants to experience Gareth will buy,” Balbier continued of the limited-edition range that bows in November. It’s an interesting premise, considering “accessible” isn’t a word often associated with Pugh’s work. “It’s interesting for me to have another kind of string to my ball,” Pugh said of his entrance into the realm of nail polishes and eyeliners—both of which he was sporting last night. “I would never say that something like this is a compromise to what I do, it is an extension of that…and it was really nice for me to be able to think in terms of something other than clothing because I don’t do a lot of color; it’s black—or black.” So, does this mean his beauty effort will be bursting with corals, aquas, and the like? Probably not, but the rainbow iridescent quality of the dark lacquer painted onto his fingertips is a good place to start.

Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

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