MAC’s Latest Designer Collab Will Have Your Lips Looking Like Flowers
Shortly after announcing its highly anticipated collaboration with Prabal Gurung, MAC revealed its next partnership will be with none other than designer Giambattista Valli.
The Italian designer's first foray into beauty will be released in summer 2015, in conjunction with the label's 10-year anniversary.
The five-piece lip color collection is inspired by the saturated hues of different flowers: The lightest, a pale pink, matches cherry blossoms; while the deepest is reminiscent of the skin of plums and black roses.
Valli explained in an interview with Vogue,
I'm very well known for dresses, no? And I thought it was very nice, the idea of dressing your lips. The best thing about makeup is that a lipstick can really change your look. If you never wear color on your lips and then one day you wear red, everyone just goes, 'wow!'
If “wow factor” was what he was going for, the Paris-based designer hit the nail on the head. The colorful palette is punchy in the best way possible. The unapologetically feminine shades (which also include a rich crimson, a peony pink and a juicy mandarin hue) are definitely not for the faint of heart — which is exactly the point.
I made these for a woman with personality, a woman who lives her life and isn't afraid to wear color and isn't afraid to kiss!
The exact shades, inspired by flowers, were actually pulled from past collections, which display the designer's love for all things floral in a more obvious manner (think cherry-blossom printed overcoats, and the petal-embellished frock Amal Clooney wore for post-wedding partying).
The decision to collaborate with MAC came easy, as the couturier has been working with MAC backstage since his label's inception in 2005. And it seems Valli couldn't be more thrilled with his decision.
For a creative person, collaborating can be frustrating because you feel that you're limited or stuck within someone else's ideas, but with MAC is was 100 percent freedom and 100 percent support just to make my idea become a reality, to pull out my flowers and my sense and my emotion and put it into the color.
You'll have to wait several months before getting your hands (and lips) on the figurative bouquet; in the meantime, preview the gorgeous shades and pray for a short winter.Elizabeth Brockway/MAC
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