Curator's Corner, 8/17/2014
Still going strong: colored mascara

Couture Monday: a new wave from Lancôme

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(image from loreal.com)

Lancôme has quite the history of teaming up with top designers, including Alber Elbaz, Olympia Le-Tan and Jason Wu.  This summer the company collaborated with three rising Paris-based designers:  Jacquemus, Alexandre Vauthier and Yiqing Yin, who were tasked with creating a very exclusive (read:  expensive) line of handbags, dubbed Nouvelle Vague, filled with Lancôme's best-selling products.

I was pretty excited to see what these three could come up with since I first heard about the collaboration back in April.  Let's take a look at each bag and see if it's a good reflection of the designer's aesthetic.

First up is Yiqing Yin.  Born in China, she emigrated to Paris at the age of 4 and later studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs.  According to her website, "her aim has been to create a garment that protects and reinforces, being at the same time a second skin and a supple armour...she imagines structures which are never fixed, shapes that are always in mutation."  I like the bold geometric lines and overall boxiness of the bag - there's something powerful about it.  The lamé gives it a glam touch.

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(images from net-a-porter.com)

In Yin's clothing designs we see more of the strong geometric silhouettes, along with dabbles in various textures.  From delicate feathers to rough-hewn wool, Yin can seemingly make any fabric bend to her vision of a "supple armour".  

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I can also see why she used lamé in her Lancôme design - this woman is not afraid of shiny materials!

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(images from yiqingyin.com)

Next up we have a very cheerful bag from Simon Porte Jacquemus, a 24 year-old self-taught designer who started his own line at the age of 19.  Right when I saw the shape and color of the bag, I knew it came from a young'un.  Indeed, he says of his aesthetic, "I’ll always be sporty and young...[Jacquemus as a brand] is a whole universe, a concept. Something could be a 'Jacquemus'-y shirt, or a 'Jacquemus'-y bike...it’s more of a playful spirit, clean, fresh, and at the same time raw. If you put photos in front of me, I could tell you whether things were Jacquemus-y or not!"

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(images from net-a-porter.com)

The bag's shape directly references some of the pieces that came down the runway for his fall 2014 collection.  I find this quote from him to be a perfect description of the collection: "If I had a bigger budget I would do more couture moderne:  more refined, more exacting, spectacular space-age pieces from the ‘60s; that's what I like.  But always mixed with T-shirts and sneakers."  Bigger budget or not, I do find these pieces to have a futuristic '60s vibe.

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I also thought the strap attachment on the Lancôme bag looked similar to the yellow strips adhered to this coat.

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Circles are definitely this designer's muse as of late.  In addition to Jacquemus's clothing, they appear in many of the images used in his campaigns.

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(images from jacquemus.com)

Of the three I think this one is the most youthful and fun.  I couldn't pull off this bag, but I appreciate the style.

Finally, we have Alexandre Vauthier, whose sleek black clutch features his signature gold bar across the front.  As for the fold-out mechanism, he says, "I wanted to have something that opened up like this, very technical. I’m very crazy and obsessed by horlogerie [the practice of clock-making], as well as the precision of haute joaillerie [fine jewelry], like when you cut a diamond. I want to have something that represents this kind of work." 

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(images from net-a-porter.com)

A streamlined clutch made its way into both his fall ready-to-wear and couture collections, making a subtle counterpoint to the intricately detailed (and undeniably sexy) dresses he created.

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(images from style.com)

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This bag is my favorite since it seems to be the most versatile of the three - I could easily see myself carrying it with a number of outfits (I think it would pair especially nicely with those leopard print Louboutin pumps!)  I also like that there are individual straps to keep the makeup in place.

I wish I could get all three for the Museum since I feel each one represents their respective designer very well, but given they range from $500 to $1,300 each, it's not happening.

What do you think of these?  And which is your favorite? 

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