The Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in color Green Petal was part of the Spring 2012 Roseraie des Delices collection. I completely missed this collection when it was available in stores, but was lucky enough to randomly find this lip gloss when I was browsing the makeup counters in town some time ago. I always gravitate towards unusual lip colors and immediately fell in love with this mint green beauty.
Lancôme Color Fever Gloss in Green Petal
Green Petal is a clear gloss with subtle green shimmers that are barely perceptible on the lips, it really only looks bright in the tube. Even though this makes it a much more wearable color, I still wish it appeared greener on the lips because that would make it more interesting. But I’m probably one of very few people who would prefer mint green over natural colored lips.
In honor of his fashion career’s 35th anniversary, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Maison Jean Paul Gaultier have organized the international exhibition ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,’ which I recently visited with my friend Jantine of Bleaq. Accompanying this first ever retrospective on Gaultier is a stunning hardcover book with the same title, which my parents gave me for my birthday a few weeks ago.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier by Thierry-Maxime Loriot
The Fashion World of J. P. Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
Author: Thierry-Maxime Loriot.
“Dubbed the enfant terrible of fashion ever since his collections were first shown in 1976, Jean Paul Gaultier, whose avant-garde and bold fashions very early on reflected the issues facing contemporary society, is one of the leading designers in recent decades. Published in conjunction with the exhibition, this book explores the ties between the designer and the pop and rock music scenes, film and dance, and sheds light on his sources of inspiration. This first major monograph on Gaultier brings together archival documents and over fifty interviews with Gaultier’s muses and colleagues, as well as the artists he has created costumes for, such as Madonna and Dita Von Teese, to name a few. It features many previously unpublished illustrations, two interviews with Gaultier himself, and an essay that looks at Gaultier’s fashion shows and examines their visionary reflection of society’s evolution over the past 35 years.”
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition
The multimedia exhibition is currently being held at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Over a hundred and forty original creations from the early 1970′s to the present day are on display, as well as fashion show recordings, television programs, films, videos, sketches and photographs. The real eyecatchers of the exhibition are the thirty unique mannequins wearing remarkable wigs and headdresses, which come alive with interactive faces created by audiovisual projections, giving them a lifelike presence. A dozen celebrities including Gaultier himself, have lent their faces (projected on to the mannequins) and in some cases their voices to this project.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition
My favorite part about this exhibition was to see my all time favorite Gaultier dress up close. The white dress with the floor length warbonnet and diamond encrusted eyepatch, the finale piece of his Fall 2002 Haute Couture collection. Such a beautiful, beautiful dress. Coming in a close second was seeing pieces from his Spring 2007 Haute Couture collection, where the models all wore halos, dresses inspired by church iconography, and had tears trinkling down their saint like faces. The fact that these mannequins’ faces moved and sang hymns was both really impressive as well as a little creepy… but in a good way. Another favorite was the neon green cage dress from his Fall 2008 Haute Couture collection.
I highly recommend looking into both the exhibition as well as the book. Both give an amazing overview of the work of one of fashion’s most influential designers.
My birthday was not too long ago, and my parents-in-law gifted me an eau de parfum that I’d been wanting to try for quite some time: Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood.
Boudoir by Vivienne Westwood
First of all, I love the bottle. The eau de parfum is a pale pink color and the bottle is crowned with Vivienne Westwood’s signature orb. The orb is a gold colored, Saturn ringed globe topped with a cross, which is a symbol of monarchial power and justice. The Orb and Sceptre were traditionally used at the coronations of British Monarchs.
The top notes are vibernum, bergamot and mandarine. The heart of the fragrance has accords of English rose, and the base notes are tobacco flowers, heliotrope and powdery soft vanilla.
Boudoir is categorized as a spicy oriental scent, and settles into a heavy, powdery floral. The name is in fact exactly what this fragrance smells like, it has a very 19th century boudoir feeling to it. It smells like sweet, powdery rouge, rich flowers and something warm, moist, even carnal. There’s something cloying and decadent about it. It makes me think of smoky sweaty Parisian night clubs, the Moulin Rouge, courtesans and a grandmother’s powder puff. This is a very feminine and sensual fragrance, probably best worn at night time…
Butter London is an American brand and the cult phenomenon of the nail industry, fast becoming famous for their high fashion, 3 Free nail lacquers. 3 Free means the products are formulated without the use of harmful ingredients like formaldehyde or parabens. Butter London has been a backstage fixture at Fashion Week since the beginning, creating bespoke colors for designers such as Alexander Wang.
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Fairy Cake
Fairy Cake is a full coverage, silvery, multi color iridescent glitter suspended in a light grey base. This might just be the prettiest glitter polish I have ever seen!