It seems a lot of the big fashion houses like to break out the animal prints for fall - not just for fashion but for the makeup lines too (see my previous posts on Armani's python palette and YSL Fauve). This season Dior also took a walk on the wild side with their croc-patterned eye shadow palette, part of their Dandy Lady collection.
(photo from nordstrom.com)
This is only the second time Dior has had an actual pattern in one of their items, the first one being the spring 2008 Flower Blossom palette. Previously there was the occasional embossing of their name or some slight quilting, but for the most part Dior never did anything elaborate. It's the first time (at least, that the Curator can remember) that the company had a real concept behind their seasonal makeup collection. So what is Dandy Lady? Unfortunately Dior's U.S. website turned up nothing - as of today the summer collection was still up. But Nordstrom did have a brief explanation. "Dandy is more than a look; it's a state of mind, inspired by the chic, independent spirit of the 1930s. Unexpectedly glamorous in contrasts of rich feminine plums, berries and the 'masculine' chic of warm, deep beige shades." The palette is then described as a "a trio of ultra-trendy, boyishly-brown pearl-powder eyeshadows artfully stamped in this season's wildly popular 'croc' pattern. Another Dior innovation: the luminous 'base color' is slightly raised in the pan to indicate its 'primal' importance in any look from soft and natural to all out 'Dandy'", and finally: "Croc rocks at Dior this season. It's a dandy."
For a more in-depth, artistic description of the collection, check out this post- I'm not sure if the blog author wrote it or if it was pulled from a Dior press release, but it's interesting.