Curator's Corner, 3/20/2015
MM spring 2016 exhibition

Pop goes the butterfly: Paul & Joe spring 2016

Paul & Joe's spring 2016 collection is sheer prettiness.  This year the company borrowed a page from children's books and created two adorable pop-up palettes.  We've seen these before with Urban Decay and Too-Faced, but Paul & Joe did a great job as well, especially since one of the lipstick cases is tangentially related to children's books (more on that later.)

It doesn't get any springier than this palette - dragonflies, butterflies, flowery vines, fruit, bunnies, and even snails are all portrayed in one extraordinarily idyllic scene.  And of course, cats!

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

I didn't like the design on this palette as much, but it's still pretty.  That weird tiled-looking background doesn't seem to go with the butterflies.

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

Paul & Joe spring 2016 palette

We all know how much I love free swag.

Paul & Joe spring 2016 bag

And I always appreciate their attention to detail. Even the plastic cover for the eye shadow and blush has a butterfly!

Paul & Joe spring 2016

The palettes are cute and I commend Paul & Joe for doing something a little different, but the lipstick cases are what most intrigued me.

Paul & Joe spring 2016 lipstick cases

I couldn't resist picking up a refill since it has a butterfly on it. 

Paul & Joe spring 2016 lipstick

The butterfly print was borrowed from the line's 2016 resort collection and also appeared in several pieces of Paul & Joe's collaboration with lingerie brand Cosabella.

Paul & Joe resort 2016

Paul & Joe spring 2016(images from vogue.com and paulandjoe.com)

The cat print is from the Paul & Joe Sister spring 2016 collection.

Paul & Joe Sister spring 2016
(image from paulandjoe.com)

But my favorite was the jungle print, which appeared on many pieces in the resort 2016 collection.

Paul & Joe resort 2016

How cute is this romper?!

Paul & Joe spring 2016(images from vogue.com and paulandjoe.com)

I grew even more enamored after reading that it's an original print by illustrator Dahlov Ipcar.  I had never heard of her but she does a lot of children's books and just really beautiful illustrations in general.  She's still working at 98 (a fellow Scorpio, cool) and is actually on Facebook!  Meanwhile, I can't even get my dad to learn how to email and he's significantly younger...anyway, I do find it strange that I wasn't familiar with her work, given my love of reading as a kid and my love of design as an adult, but I'm sure glad I found it now. 

The print borrowed by Paul & Joe is from a 1981 book called Lost and Found: A Hidden Animal Book

Dahlov Ipcar - Lost and Found

I don't want to make this post all about Ipcar because it would take forever, but I do feel the need to share just a few more pieces.  I clearly need this book to put under the Christmas tree since we have kind of a woodland theme going.

Dahlov Ipcar - My Wonderful Christmas Tree

Dahlov Ipcar - My Wonderful Christmas Tree

But I saved my favorite for last.  Mer-farmer!!  That's right, Ipcar illustrated a 1961 book called Deep Sea Farm featuring a very hard-working undersea farmer.  Needless to say, this book (along with the Christmas tree one) is on its way to me.

Dahlov Ipcar - Deep Sea Farm

Dahlov Ipcar - Deep Sea Farm

Dahlov Ipcar Deep Sea Farm(images from pinterest.com)

If you ask me, Ipcar deserves a whole museum retrospective (and a makeup collection!) in addition to a fashion tie-in.  Even though she's had a couple exhibitions, I would love to see an incredibly comprehensive show overflowing with her whimsical illustrations...and I think I might keel over from awesomeness if a makeup company ever put her work on their packaging.  Paul & Joe's lipstick case with Ipcar's print was amazing, but I'm envisioning a much more extensive collection.  If that merman farmer ever showed up on a palette my head might explode.  ;)

Getting back to Paul & Joe, I think they did a nice job with their spring collection.  Yes I still miss the little stories behind each one, but I do enjoy pop-up palettes and thought they tied in well with the fact that the company borrowed a print from a children's book illustrator.  As always, Paul & Joe excels at walking the fine line between playful and juvenile. 

What do you think?

 

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