Vive La France (Gall)!
For his Spring 2011 runway presentation, designer Chris Benz asked makeup artist Daniel Martin to look to famous French pop chanteuse France Gall for inspiration. The beloved yé-yé singer, best known for her Serge Gainsbourg-written hit “Laisse Tomber Les Filles,” was the picture of retro cool with her golden blond bob, winged-out liner, and frosty lips. So too were the ladies that Benz sent down the runway in kicky pleated miniskirts, floral prints, and acid color-tipped separates; the makeup, a palette of mellow pastels, matched the mood. Now, at long last, the lilac-hued Lancôme products that Martin used backstage—and that Julia Restoin-Roitfeld immortalized in her first print campaign for the French beauty brand—are finally hitting shelves. The palest purple in the Color Design Minerale Eye Shadow Quad in Cool Lavande paired with jet black liner nods to the sixties, while the Le Crayon Khol in Ultra-Lavande is a more modern way to wear the regal color on lids. But the star products from Benz’s show—the cool-toned pinkish-purple L’Absolu Rouge lipstick in Lily Rose and the creamy pastel LeVernis nail polish in Violet Groove—are undoubtedly the collection’s highlights. And though they may have both been shown against the backdrop of springy silks and chiffons, they happen to look just as lovely when worn with wool, leather, and, suede—the only temperature-appropriate fabrics for a country-spanning ice storm.
Photo: Clockwise from top left, courtesy of Chris Benz;
K & K Ulf Kruger OHG / Red Ferns / Getty Images; Courtesy of Lancôme