Curator's Corner, 6/23/2012
Couture Monday: Lacy redux from D&G

MM Summer 2012 exhibition

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This exhibition was inspired by the "under the sea" trend that hit the runways for the spring/summer 2012 fashion collections - specifically, the ethereality and mystery contained within the dark depths of the sea as well as the play of light on the ocean.  I loved Armani's concept of moonlight reflecting off the sea's surface,  Versace's more literal take on the underwater theme, and McQueen's mind-blowingly gorgeous representation of ruffly anemones and seaweed in dress form, which appear to be swayed by ocean currents, along with a breathtaking dress dripping with coral.  Here's the trend as rounded up by Marie Claire:

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But I was most taken with Chanel's spring 2012 collection, which Vogue described as "an aquatic wonderland of gleaming white stingrays and sea horses adrift amongst coral branches and shells on a sandy sea bed. [The] models...looked like magical deep-sea sirens, from the pearls scattered in their hair to the sea-urchin shells that propped up the heels of their sandals."  Here are some of my favorites from this collection. 

First, the catwalk, which was totally amazing - if I had a real space for the Museum I'd do something just as extraordinary.

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The accessories:

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This dress, whose tendrils remind me of seaweed or even jellyfish tentacles gently flowing underwater:

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And finally, the subdued makeup with pearl accents:

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(images from tooclothesminded.com, vogue.com and fashionindie.com)

I was also intrigued by Van Cleef and Arpels' Atlantide collection, which featured a host of ocean-inspired pieces such as these beautiful mermaid and jellyfish pins. 

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But what really blew me away was the mini site the company set up for the collection - it perfectly articulates the feel I was going for.  Here are some screenshots of it (but you should really visit the site directly to get the full effect):

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(images from vancleefarpels.com)

Of course, while I wanted to bring out an otherworldly, ethereal mood, I couldn't resist throwing in a few "fun" pieces as well - MAC's cheeky Hey Sailor! collection and a couple of Too-Faced's summery Quickie Chronicles capture the more carefree side of summer.  I also chose pale blue paper for the labels, which I thought went well with the themes.

So that's what was going on in the Curator's noggin when setting up this exhibition.  Enjoy!

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The top shelf, plus images from Vogue magazine that I was completely smitten with.

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Middle shelves:

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Bottom shelf:

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Now for the individual shelves.  Starting at the top, from left to right.

MAC Hey Sailor! collection:

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Some vintage Stila summer items:

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Mamechiyo for Shu Uemura cleansing oil and foundation case.  This was a tough one, as the Mamechiyo collection deserves its very own exhibition.

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Pucci for Guerlain:

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Second shelf, from right to left.

Paul & Joe Midsummer Nights:

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Chantecaille Coral Reef palette:

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Armani summer 2012 palette:

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Too-Faced Quickie Chronicles palettes:

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Third shelf, left to right.

Estée Lauder Sea Star bronzer:

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Dior eye shadow palette in Swimming Pool:

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MAC To the Beach items:

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Beautyhabit.com catalog and Paul & Joe bronzer:

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Bottom shelf, left to right.

Lancôme Bamboo bronzer:

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Sisley L'Orchidée palette:

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Chantecaille Protected Paradise palettes:

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Anna Sui Eye and Lip palettes:

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So what do you think?  Please leave feedback in the comments!

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Autumn

Looks great, sailor!

MM Curator

Thank you so much!! I'm so happy and humbled that you stopped by!!

Sheena Punk Rocker

what a beautiful display! enraptured!

MM Curator

Many thanks!! Positive feedback is always appreciated!!

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