20 posts tagged "Gareth Pugh"
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.
Gareth Pugh is best known in the beauty-sphere for the otherworldly backstage looks that he cooks up with makeup artist Alex Box each season for his high-concept ready-to-wear presentations. Who can forget Pugh’s Goddesses From the Grave Spring 2010 show, featuring a barrage of models sporting a gray complexion (courtesy of an airbrushed application of MAC Pro Micronized Airbrush Foundation in a combination of Black and White), bleached brows, and eyes lined in red pigment? MAC Cosmetics certainly hasn’t forgotten. The makeup giant has just announced that it is pairing up with Pugh for a full-scale collection that will launch globally in November. The range will include multiple color products and accessories in “special packaging,” which we imagine will focus heavily on Pugh’s preferred palette of black, white, and gray. Style.com also hears that the products will make their debut at a cocktail party next month in New York to celebrate the collaboration, followed by a backstage turn at the designer’s show in Paris come October. For those of you wondering how Pugh’s special brand of gothic gloom will translate in makeup terms, his unexpected divergence into a (limited) selection of bold color for Fall could offer a clue. Those memorable cobalt blue and gold looks sure would look nice in eye shadow form.
Seeing as how Alex Box has already proved that her face-painting skills will not be confined to two dimensions, the makeup artist’s avant-garde experiment backstage at Gareth Pugh seemed perfectly par for the course. “Religious iconography” is how Box described the inspiration for the gold and blue laser-cut eye patches that she made for the occasion using a “bespoke retro-reflective fabric that turns pure white when hit with a bright light”—like, say, a barrage of flashbulbs. With statement-making lids playing such a large part in the overall look, Box’s handiwork called for little else save for MAC Clear Brow Set to groom arches and its clear Lip Glass, which she applied to the tops of cheeks for a shiny highlight.
What it did mandate, however, were killer nails, courtesy of Minx. Working off of a waxy blue fabric supplied by Pugh’s stylist, Katie Shillingford, Minx co-founders Janice Jordan and Dawn Lynch-Goodwin collaborated with U.K.-based nail artist Marian Newman on a custom design for the show. Adhesive overlays featuring a blue canvas with gold foil framing around the base and on either side of the nail added that extra bit of inventive artiness that has become synonymous with Pugh’s presentations, finished off with similar gilding placed underneath fingertips. So far, the Paris shows have put the brakes on the manicure mania that has swept New York and London for the past two seasons. Here’s hoping this gets things rolling.
Minx has been grabbing headlines left and right in recent weeks. In addition to securing a U.S. patent on its unique method for applying non-liquid graphic films to nails (imitators, beware) and introducing a new collaboration series with super-manicurists like Lisa Logan (Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, and Queen Latifah) and Marian Newman (Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood, and Valentino), the brand has been killing it backstage at shows like Dennis Basso in New York and David Koma in London. And its newfound role as newsmaker doesn’t look to be losing steam anytime soon. Style.com has just learned that Minx co-founders Janice Jordan and Dawn Lynch-Goodwin will be in full force at Gareth Pugh, at Thierry Mugler for Nicola Formichetti’s first womenswear collection for the house, and at Alexander McQueen—where, lest we remind you, the duo premiered one of Spring’s best manis: a copper patterned tip layered over a gold base that was inspired by look 26 from Sarah Burton’s runway debut. What will they come up with next? You’ll find out next week. (We know, we’re excited too.)
The fact that makeup artist Alex Box has an affinity for all things freakish and otherworldly is not news to anyone familiar with either her handiwork backstage at Gareth Pugh or her brand Illamasqua. So the 12 characters she’s dreamt up for the U.K.-based company’s fall ad campaign shouldn’t shock you too much. They should, however, jar you out of the “pretty girls in pretty makeup” complacency that will likely set in after you peruse any number of September books. Here, for your first-viewing pleasure, is the “Mistress of Ceremonies,” showcasing two of our favorite products from Illamasqua’s forthcoming Art of Darkness color collection. At right, we have Box’s Precision Ink fine-tip eyeliner in Alchemy, a bold gold that you can choose to accessorize with or without the yellow face rhinestones; and on the left, a glimpse of Viridian, her new, deep metallic green nail varnish—arm bedazzling is optional with your mani, of course. If you were looking for a breath of fresh celebrity-brand-ambassador-free air, you’ve come to the right place.