August 30 2014

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Manga! Manga!


Karl Lagerfeld has been a very busy man of late. In addition to designing six Chanel collections a year as well as his own ready-to-wear line, Herr Karl’s got beauty collaborations lined up out the wazoo. A year after its announcement, Paper Passion, his fragrance project with Wallpaper magazine that’s meant to smell like old books (and comes packaged in a hollowed-out tome for an extra dose of kitsch), has finally made its grand online debut; and now comes more news about his forthcoming cosmetics collection with Shu Uemura. After the Japanese makeup brand heard that the legendary designer only sketches with its eye and lip pencils—”other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colors,” according to Lagerfeld—they put two and two together and enlisted the creative genius to come on board for a capsule collection that was announced in June. Said 17-piece line is reportedly inspired by Mon Shu Girl, an original Lagerfeld drawing that embodies his vision of a Japanese manga, “an Eastern, perfect, mysterious, modern beauty.” All of the packaging bears the same illustration and will include palettes, four lip colors, two pairs of false eyelashes—one of which is made from fabric—a slew of nail polishes sold with corresponding nail stickers, and—brace yourself—a new take on the classic Shu lash curler. For those of you who own one of the brand’s 24-karat gold tools and are wondering what looks best next to one limited-edition Shu curler, the answer is: another limited-edition Shu curler. A bit of retail wisdom for the American-based Shu fans out there looking to get in on this exciting fall launch: Even though the brand shut down its stateside retail stores two years ago, it’s still very much available online. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura



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