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A trio of city-themed treasures: Richard Haines for Bobbi Brown

Richard Haines for Bobbi Brown

This was one of those collections I didn't think twice about, just pounced as soon as it was available at Neiman Marcus.  As the insert above indicates, for the brand's 25th anniversary, Bobbi Brown collaborated with illustrator Richard Haines to create 3 palettes that represent 3 of the world's top fashion cities: Paris, London and New York.

Richard Haines for Bobbi Brown

Here's Paris.  The woman's outfit is great, but I particularly love the rendering of the Eiffel Tower.

Richard Haines for Bobbi Brown - Paris palette

Richard Haines for Bobbi Brown - Paris palette

London - the trench coat is perfection:

Richard Haines for Bobbi Brown - London palette

Richard Haines for Bobbi Brown - London palette

And here's New York.  Those striped tuxedo pants look so familiar but I can't place them.  However, I'm almost positive that's a Balenciaga City bag.

Richard Haines for Bobbi Brown - New York palette

Richard Haines for Bobbi Brown - New York palette

Now for a little background on Richard Haines.  The New York-based artist started drawing at the tender age of 5.  In an interview for Opening Ceremony's blog, he says, "Everyone else was drawing airplanes, and I was drawing wedding dresses...I stayed with my grandparents every summer, and my grandfather got The New York Times everyday. When I was about ten, I was looking through it and there was coverage of the Paris couture collections–this was like 1962 or 1963. They were all drawings. You know, there were no photographs because they didn't have the technology to send them back then. So it was all of these beautiful fashion illustrations of Givenchy and Dior, and they were so elegant. I remember thinking 'Oh my god, how can someone make these beautiful drawings with just a few lines and give out all that information?' That was kind of where the obsession started."  

In scrolling through his Instagram, two things immediately jumped out.  One, Haines is left-handed.  You know how I'm fascinated with lefties!

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Two, he's got a great sense of humor. 

Illustration by Richard Haines(images from instagram.com)

Naturally I kept scouring his account to find some favorites.  Haines is a regular at the world's biggest fashion shows now, and he greatly enjoys the immediacy and energy of the runway:  "Drawing at the shows is incredible—there is something about the intimacy of that moment. I find that, if someone asks me to do something after a show from photos, it’s never going to be the same, its never going to have that aliveness. There’s something about the energy of the model on a runway, what that designer is presenting, the kind of the vibe of the audience and that’s all in that drawing—or at least, I want it to be, that's the goal!"  In looking at his work I can definitely see the bustling liveliness of the shows.  The lines are almost haphazard, borderline sloppy, yet still form a cohesive and powerful image.  For example, in the sketches Haines created for this year's couture shows at Paris Fashion Week, I was able to easily identify all of the clothing.  At first glance the pieces look rather hastily, frenetically drawn, but ultimately the image comes together to perfectly capture the fleeting essence of fashion.

Illustration by Richard Haines

Here's a comparison to the actual dress.

Illustration by Richard Haines - Alexis Mabille couture, fall 2016(images from instagram.com and vogue.com)

Illustration by Richard Haines - Giambattista Valli couture, fall 2016

Illustration by Richard Haines - Giambattista Valli couture, fall 2016(images from instagram.com and fashiontimes.com)

Illustration by Richard Haines - Schiaparelli couture, fall 2016(image from instagram.com)

Schiaparelli couture, fall 2016(images from vogue.com)

While Haines is a fixture at the front rows, it's street style that seems to intrigue him the most.  In his mind, runway displays aren't that much different from the street - both involve people-watching, one of Haines's favorite activities.  "I've realized I have a short attention span and fashion is perfect for that, because it's a continual feed of ideas, color, performance, beauty, and people. It's really exciting! I mean I really just love watching people, even just walking down the street here [in Bushwick]. I see these amazing kids and in its own way, it's a fashion show," he says

Haines focuses primarily on menswear, something that in my mind seems to be somewhat lacking from the oeuvre of most fashion illustrators.  I love women's fashion, of course, but it's good to see the guys getting their due.  Even though the Bobbi palettes only feature women, which makes sense since they're makeup, I still appreciate a collab with an artist who generally doesn't have such an emphasis on women's wear.

Illustration by Richard Haines

Illustration by Richard Haines

Illustration by Richard Haines

Illustration by Richard Haines(images from instagram.com)

My favorite series is one he did for high-end men's fashion site Mr. Porter (the men's equivalent of net-a-porter.)  Haines visited 6 different cities, interviewing and sketching the owners of his favorite looks.  I like to think of these as a sort of precursor to the Bobbi Brown palettes.  While these are actual people and the women on the palettes are more of a general representation of that city's style, the concept is similar.

Richard Haines for Mr. Porter

Richard Haines for Mr. Porter

Richard Haines for Mr. Porter

Richard Haines for Mr. Porter(images from blog.jedroot.com)

Haines also has several fashion collaborations under his belt.  Not a surprise, since he was a designer himself for over 25 years before returning to his original passion for illustration.  He tells Out, "I moved to New York thinking I wanted to be a fashion illustrator, but my style wasn’t really developed, and it wasn’t assertive, confident. There’s something apologetic about it, so I stopped doing it. That’s when I became a fashion designer for 25-30 years.  By the time I started it again, I had the confidence to get behind it, and to really own my work -- which was not that long ago. I think that’s when my style happened." 

Richard Haines for Dries van Noten

Richard Haines for Dries van Noten
(images from vogue.com)

In addition to teaming up with Bobbi Brown, this fall Haines also collaborated with Moore & Giles for a collection of leather goods.  I like the overall look of the illustrations.  They're sporty - most of the men are engaged in some kind of athletic activity - but still refined and gentlemanly (especially the dude in the top hat and tails).

Richard Haines for Moore & Giles

Richard Haines for Moore & Giles
(images from mooreandgiles.com)

Overall, I like the slightly disheveled, immediate feel of Haines' work.  While I do think it's a bit odd to have a collaboration between a makeup brand and a fashion illustrator whose main interest is menswear, Haines demonstrates he's equally adept at drawing well-dressed women as well as depicting a particular moment or atmosphere - perfect for capturing the individual, of-the-moment style of the world's most fashion-forward cities.

What do you think?  I wonder how much Haines would charge to draw the husband...he is immensely fashionable and I'd love to see him wearing one of his best outfits in illustrated form.  :)

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Quick post: Lulu Frost for Bobbi Brown

Sometimes tons of crystals on a palette can appear, for lack of a better word, cheap.  Not so with this very tasteful mirror compact created by jewelry line Lulu Frost for Bobbi Brown's Hollywood-inspired holiday collection.  Lisa Salzer, founder and creative director of Lulu Frost, spoke to elle.com about how the collaboration developed.  "[Bobbi] bought a necklace of mine and wore it out to a wedding and loved it...she actually called us afterwards and from then on, a great relationship was born.”

I thought the pattern was really unique and pretty, and I like that there's a retro feel to it without being costume-y.  It's the ultimate expression of "modern vintage".

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Salzer states that the design took its inspiration from an old compact that Brown had purchased at a flea market.  “So I took that [compact] and created one that was encrusted with an Art Deco pattern of crystals on top. I love Deco. It’s so classic, the craftsmanship is incredible, and there’s also a geometry to it that’s very cool.”

Since I'm short on time today I will not go into comparing this piece to Art Deco compacts or jewelry, but I will say that it's a good representation of the Lulu Frost style.  Incidentally, I did look at the website to see if there was anything identical to the pattern on this compact.  There were similar items but nothing identical, so I was pleased that Salzer did something different just for this collaboration but still kept true to her aesthetic.

What do you think of this compact?  Too blingy or just right?


Shine on: Gems and jewels for the holidays, part 2

For the second part of the Museum's spotlight on crystal details, I thought I'd focus on Harrod's totally blinged out exclusive Swarovski collection.  Items include:  a Bobbi Brown palette, Sisley Phyto Poudre Compacte, Benefit High Beam liquid highlighter, Givenchy eyeshadow quad, Lancôme Hypnose mascara and Estee Lauder lipsticks.

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(images from harrods.com, beautyalmanac.com, designerplanet.org)

I'm glad I visited London in September, but I sort of wish I could go back to pick up these items, particularly the Sisley palette - it's sold out online.  On the other hand, I have some crystal items from previous holiday collections, so maybe it's good I can't buy these since I don't want to blind myself.  :P


Friday Fun: Bobbi Brown Party shimmerbrick - shaken, not stirred

What better way to kick off the official start of holiday parties and shopping madness than with this boozey highlighter from Bobbi Brown?  While Bobbi has dabbled in special edition packaging before, I believe this is the first time a design has actually made it onto the makeup itself. 

Love the 50s-style shaker and glass - very Mad Men, no?

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Up close -  I like to think that little line at the bottom of the glass is a partial outline of an olive:

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With flash:

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While it's not as intricate as some patterns I've seen (see Chantecaille's butterfly eyeshadows) this is a fun design and lends itself perfectly to a shimmery body highlighter. 

Hope everyone has a safe and sane Black Friday.  :)


Quick post: Tortoiseshell from Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown's Tortoiseshell collection came out over a month ago, but since I tend to be like a tortoise myself in terms of getting posts up when the collection is actually new, I'm talking about it now.  I just adore tortoiseshell for fall and I don't think it's ever been used in makeup packaging.

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To use this material for brush handles is genius:

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As with the fall 2009 Ivy League collection, this collection's ads leans a bit nerdy and academic so of course I love it.  The model is sporting glasses (with tortoiseshell rims, naturally)! Apparently they're based on Bobbi's own tortoiseshell frames.

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(images from nordstrom.com and bobbibrowncosmetics.com)

And there's even a whole tutorial on how to do your eye makeup with specs.  While I'm not a big fan of makeup "rules", I do like that Bobbi recognized that there is a great legion of bespectacled ladies out there who could use a basic guide. 

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(image from themakeupblogger.com)

I didn't buy anything from this collection, but rest assured that if I didn't have a slew of brushes already and was actually into palettes, I'd be all over it.  What did you buy from it or are planning to buy?


Quick post: Bobbi Brown Peony and Python palette

Bb peony python I was most pleased to see Bobbi Brown branching out for a collaboration with a fashion designer, and the resulting prettily designed bag.  The company partnered with Tibi.  Bobbi, whose favorite flower is the peony, wanted delicate pinks but still something that was "equal parts lovely and edgy".  Hence the mix of a pink flower and dark grey snake scales, matching the palette's offering of pink and grey eye shadows. 


 

 

 

 (image from bloomingdales.com)

The set in its entirety:

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(image from tibi.com)

Hopefully this will be the start of more pretty, limited edition packaging from Bobbi!


Bobbi Brown Ivy League collection

Here at the Makeup Museum I'm not only interested in design and packaging of makeup items, but also the images used to sell makeup.  And I couldn't resist a quick post about this one.   It's almost back-to-school time, which is the Curator's favorite time of year.  Rather than a regular planner I actually buy an academic calendar so I can pretend to either be a student or an art history professor.  This year, Bobbi Brown is enabling me to continue my fantasy with her Ivy League collection.  Makeup crossed with academia?!!  This wanna-be Ph.D. is absolutely sold!

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