22 posts tagged "Anna Sui"
Anna Sui’s cosmetics range became a favorite with beauty gurus and editors alike when it debuted almost ten years ago. After disappearing for a while due to some unresolved licensing “issues,” the collection of brightly colored, boudoir-inspired eye shadows, lip glosses, and nail lacquers has been in slow-moving comeback mode (elaborate “beauty bars” were erected backstage at the designer’s Spring and Fall shows to preview upcoming launches, although the products are still only available for purchase at her Soho store). This week, the blogosphere is abuzz with news that the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award winner has not only decided to dabble in haircare, but has also chosen model Agyness Deyn to front the new range. The influx of intelligence put us into information overdrive, so we called our trusted sources to get the inside scoop. And here it is: Yes, there is indeed a haircare line and while it’s not necessarily new (it’s been out in Japan for over a year), the rose-scented shampoo, conditioner, and hair oil finally arrived at Sui’s flagship in late July. Re: Agyness, she’s fronting the campaign for Sui’s new Fall colors, not the haircare line. Thoughts on her Prism Beige lipstick and Glassy Silver and Glassy Purple eye shadows?
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Anna Sui’s first foray into cosmetics and fragrance, a suite was set up backstage at her show last night, displaying the full color line and collection of perfumes. The rose-scented makeup went M.I.A for a little while, but it’s back in full effect with five new lip glosses, five new nail colors, new brow pencils, a brow mascara, and a new highlighter, blush, and bronzer available at the designer’s Soho boutique, the only U.S. store where the range is sold. The centerpiece of the offerings on view, however, was Anna Sui Live Your Dream, a new floral fragrance comprising lily of the valley, jasmine, and Bulgarian rose notes, packaged in the same bottle as the original Anna Sui fragrance but tinted pink, an optimistic shade that is intended to mark Sui’s success story from Detroit to New York and the world of fashion. The fragrance’s ad campaign will be fronted by Karen Elson—Sui’s favorite model—shot as a modern-day Alphonse Mucha poster and embodying the Art Nouveau era.
Despite sporting a longer coif equipped with vision-impairing fringe these days, model Agyness Deyn is not necessarily forgoing the short spiky hair that helped give her “super” status. “I just haven’t gotten it cut in a while,” Deyn explained to us backstage at Anna Sui in her northern English accent. “It is so long now, though,” she said, pulling her platinum blond hair over her eyes to demonstrate. “I feel like I can hide behind it a bit.” This just in: bangs to replace dark sunglasses as the new paparazzi defense mechanism.
During the Spring show season, designers often pass down a “warm” mandate to the makeup artist in charge backstage. This is why, aside from a few rogue dissenters, you frequently see a bevy of rosy cheeks walking down the runway come September. Spring 2009 was no exception to this general rule, although in a particularly interesting turn of events, no one seemed willing to just call a rose a rose, so to speak. No, this year makeup artists got inventive and took creative license with the whole trend: At 3.1 Phillip Lim, NARS Cosmetics’ Ayako had an inspiration board with pictures of National Geographic cover girls—she called her bronzed cheek contours “dusty Gypsy skin.” Pat McGrath referenced “Mexican folklore” for the semi-flushed face she gave models at Anna Sui, and Charlotte Tilbury called the airbrushed tan she designed for Zac Posen “tribal.” We thought Dick Page’s “après-ski, pre-fondue” wind-burnt look at Michael Kors topped our list of inspirational favorites until we saw Tom Pecheux’s handiwork at Hermès. Approaching “ruddy,” Pecheux’s rugged faces managed to recast the image of frontierswomen in an elegant, even blatantly sexy way. Trailblazing, indeed.
Photo: Clockwise from left, Greg Kessler at Michael Kors; Antonello Trio at Hermès; Maria Valentino at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
In addition to the usual fare backstage at Anna Sui last night—models, mayhem, and mini-burgers, if craft services is really on its game—a “beauty bar” was set up to display the designer’s makeup range. While you may be familiar with a few choice items from Sui’s cosmetics line—bright shadows and blushes housed in pretty deep purple and black compacts—the products are hard to come by, albeit hot commodities. (Despite being sold all over Canada, distributor/licensing agreement issues have made them scarce south of the border). Thank goodness for online shopping, then. In celebration of the designer’s tenth year in the beauty biz, a whole assortment of new, repackaged, and reformulated items will be available for purchase this fall, including a nail polish and nail art collection, with new colors and bottles of stickers, glitter, and gemstones for your accessorizing pleasure. There’s also a special miniature “boudoir” replica of the makeup counter at Sui’s Soho boutique, with three drawers filled with eye, cheek, and lip color best-sellers. Set the URL address to your bookmarks page now, because Sui will also be releasing a new fragrance some time next month.
Photo: Courtesy of Anna Sui