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Couture Monday: D & G gets all jeweled up

Dolce & Gabbana released a rather blingy palette for the 2010 holiday season.  The Lip Jewels compact features 4 shades for lips enclosed in a ruby jewel-shaped case. 


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So, the eternal question for couture-related makeup items:  what does the design of this palette have to do with the fashion?  Apparently Stefano Gabbana wanted a ruby palette "because the ruby ring is so dear to my heart; it represents so many memories."  Additionally, legendary makeup artist and consultant for D & G The Makeup, had this to say:  “The mouth is such a focal point; Stefano, Domenico and I have always believed that drop dead glamour and innermost sensuality comes from an emphasis on the we really worked hard to come up with the shades that were not just our favorites but every woman’s favorites. The three reds we chose are very luscious, shades I’ve worked with time and again on the runway. I’ve played with them a lot-I’ve mixed them together, used them solo-and have come up with very rich passionate looks. And Nude is so perfect for contrast or a really simple natural look… they’re all just gorgeous… overall stunning.”

So while there is no direct relation between the design of this palette and the actual fashion coming down the runway, at least the makeup colors from this palette were used in the show. 

Anyway, I'm sort of kicking myself for not buying this...when I first saw it I have to say it looked somewhat gaudy and over the top, but now I'm thinking it would have been a really good acquisition for a holiday exhibition.  Sigh.  Another one that got away!


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