11 posts tagged "Mad Men"
In this, the age of nonstop collaboration—and even more nonstop beauty collections inspired, however loosely, by movies and TV shows—the makeup range Estée Lauder debuted last Spring, timed to the Mad Men season-five premiere, still managed to stand out. It was a quality thing, sure; Lauder doesn’t do anything at half capacity, so the rose-hued Creme Rouge blush and Signature Lipstick that were inspired by the sixties style that the AMC drama has become known for catered to a modern makeup audience with formulas that benefited from about fifty years of advancements in production. It was a design thing, too, however, as Lauder didn’t just channel the show’s sixties heritage but its own packaging archive as well—an archive, it should be noted, that runs deep. With Mad Men’s sixth season set to premiere April 7, the beauty giant has just debuted a second pretty partnership that boasts all the same standout features. Working with a pink palette this time, there is a See-Thru Blush in Light Snow; a Rich, Rich Lipstick in Pinkadelic; and a requisite Nail Lacquer in the shimmering Pink Paisley—all of which are housed in vintage green, blue, and white paisley-print boxes, a motif that also appears on the blush’s gold compact. If you’re not already counting down the days to find out what’s been going on at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce since we last left Don, Peggy, Megan, and co., we imagine this should do the trick.
In the midst of celebrities’ embrace of Fall’s brunette dye job (Gaga, Amber Heard—you know who you are), little attention is being paid to some of Hollywood’s brighter moments in hair color. We’re specifically talking about Elisabeth Moss’ recent blonde conversion, which has seen the Mad Men star go from dark chestnut to light flaxen. The transformation—which includes a new, side-sweeping pixie cut—was on full display at last night’s For a Good Time, Call… premiere in New York, where Moss paired a black Dolce & Gabbana dress with a muted brick red lip and clean skin, thus highlighting her honey-hued crop. Don Draper’s dowdy copywriter no more, eh?
In today’s world of big screen-to-beauty counter collaborations, it’s a wonder how AMC’s Mad Men has gone four seasons without a makeup range spin-off. The drama’s costume designer, Janie Bryant, teamed up with Nailtini to launch a four-piece collection of lacquers in 2010, but for a show that owns retro glamor (you could argue that the Spring runways’ obsession with cat-eyes stemmed directly from January Jones’ and Christina Hendricks’ on-set winged liner), it seems like a crime that someone hasn’t capitalized on the opportunity to create something at the retail level inspired by the sixties-era drama; even Twilight has a full beauty line, after all. But perhaps the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, was just waiting for the right partner, which he has found in Estée Lauder.
“Quite frankly, we’re crazy for the show,” says Jane Hertzmark Hudis, global brand president of Estée Lauder. “We’ve always felt like there’s a connection between Mad Men and the Estée Lauder brand and Estée herself; the sixties were our heyday as well,” Hertzmark Hudis explains, pointing out that the storied New York beauty brand was interested in collaborating with Weiner because they could do it in “an authentic way. We were there in the sixties—it’s not creating something inspired by the sixties; we have stuff from the sixties!” Stuff, like, say the gilded compact with turquoise detail that holds the new limited-edition Estée Lauder Mad Men Collection Crème Rouge in Evening Rose, a delectably blendable cream blush with a medium pink finish. Or the fluted gold mini bullet of Estée Lauder Mad Men Collection Signature Lipstick in Cherry, which comes packaged in a gold pouch. Both products will launch next month in time for the debut of the show’s fifth season, and another limited-edition collection for season six is already in the works. “The product and the packaging were inspired by a concept that we call ‘handbag elegance’—beautiful things you take out of your purse,” says Hertzmark Hudis.
There will be more beautiful things to look at when the Craig McDean-lensed ad campaign for the collection, which stars Constance Jablonski, hits Estée Lauder and Bloomingdale’s Web sites next month, where the products will be sold exclusively. Jablonski sports a hair set that super-stylist Orlando Pita transformed into a side-parted faux bob, as well as matte velvet skin, a warm flush, and a bold crimson lip courtesy of Estée Lauder creative director of makeup Tom Pecheux. “The sixties basically had everything in the way of femininity,” Pecheux says of the decade in which Mad Men takes place, which prompted him to fill in Jablonski’s brows, dust her lids with a cream-colored eye shadow from Lauder’s Blue Dahlia palette, line her upper lash lines, and apply the new Crème Rouge a bit lower, underneath the apples of her cheeks. “It’s the perfect balance between a forties contour and a healthy glow,” he explains of the placement. As for the bold, cherry red mouth, Pecheux has one proviso before breaking out the demure, miniature tube: “Moisturize your lips at night,” he advises, to ensure a smooth, perfect pout every time.
Oh, Mad Men, we miss you! Since its fourth season finale in October, we’ve been moping around on Sunday nights, making do with Boardwalk Empire—and now that’s wrapped, too. Tragedy! Until Don and Peggy reignite in another six months or so, we’ve been getting our retro glamour fix by watching AMC reruns and painting our nails with throwback lacquers designed by Janie Bryant, the series’ costume designer. As part of a much-blogged-about collaboration, Bryant teamed with Nailtini to create a four-piece range of nail polishes inspired by her love of vintage fabrics and classic cocktail culture. French 75 is a liquid gold lamé named after the gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar tipple that’s apparently so strong it hits like a 75mm howitzer; Bourbon Satin, a velvety chocolate, takes its cues from a bourbon concoction mixed with crème de cocoa; and the burnished silver Deauville is a nod to a brandy-filled sipper that originated in New Orleans in the thirties. However, we’re most interested in the dark, plum-black Stinger, an homage to a cognac and crème de menthe cocktail made popular in the sixties. The shimmer-flecked assortment has arrived just in time for holiday parties (click here for the first installment of our Five Days of Glitter experiment). As for whether a follow-up collection will be released, stay tuned.
Move over, Jessica and Katy. Justin Bieber has just been crowned the new face of Proactiv. [Us Weekly]
Christina Hendricks’ Joan Harris has been added to Mattel’s Mad Men Barbie collection—red updo, body-hugging purple dress, and all. The sexy secretary’s signature assets are all there, except for her curves, which have been mysteriously trimmed down for the plastic version. Will a plus-sized Barbie ever be a reality? [Daily Mail]
Cucumbers are in season, which means crunchy salads, chilled soups, and even cooked curried varieties are all over restaurant menus. High levels of vitamin C, caffeic acid, and silica make the cool vegetable a good topical bet for your natural skincare needs as well. [NYT]
Never mind the bollocks, there’s a new fragrance inspired by the Sex Pistols. The eau is meant to bottle the spirit of punk rebellion and includes “defiant” black pepper and “raunchy” patchouli notes, as well as a “restless” bite of lemon. [Contact Music]