As the year comes to a close I felt the need to share my top three items/collections from 2009 - three because, come on, I couldn't pick just one! Companies put out some really beautiful and thoughtfully designed pieces this year. It was so hard for me to narrow it down to 3, but here they are, in no particular order.
In September 2008 I mused about how cool it would be if a company came out with a paint-splattered compact or palette. Lo and behold, Smashbox released their "Artist Muse" collection in early 2009. If this isn't directly inspired by Jackson Pollock I don't know what is.
Oh, this was so lovely. I adored the way the delicate white flowers were replicas of the paper headpieces worn by the models on the runway for Chanel's spring collection. This palette definitely captured the fashion house's design and spirit for the spring season.
Not only was the packaging totally gorgeous and so culturally appropriate (a manga artist designing for a Japanese makeup line? Too perfect!), each girl actually had a little personality all her own. Plus I always love how Shu's collaboration with relatively obscure designers exposes makeup consumers to artists that they never would have heard of otherwise.
What were your faves from 2009? (Hint: if you need ideas just go through the archives at the right.)