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Cat Power: Tsumori Chisato for Shu Uemura

I've been excited for this collection ever since I heard about it a few months ago.  Shu has done another wonderful collaboration for their holiday collection, this year with designer Tsumori Chisato.  Chisato got her start in 1977 working for Issey Miyake and launched her own line in 1990.  Her work is described as "print-heavy with a healthy dose of manga/bohemian cuteness."  And not surprisingly, this aesthetic is reflected in the Shu collection - lots of stars and cats!

Here's the mirror, which was surprisingly large in real life - much bigger than the usual compact:

Tc mirror

I'm in love with the little pawprints on it:

Pawprint detail 

Planet Cat palette - I didn't even notice the kitty had a crystal for an eye until I saw it in person:

Planet cat palette

Blush/highlighting powder:


Inside of the blush, which sadly did not include the entire cat design (there's a plastic overlay on top which tricked me!), just the silhouette of the head:

Blush inside

There were also several lipsticks and this palette, which, alas, was not in the Museum's budget:

Planet ribbon
(image from sephora.com)

I found these designs to be in keeping with Chisato's work, especially in this star dress, shirt and socks:


The metallic dots from this dress even made an appearance on the compact for the blush:

Metallic dots
(images from lagarconne.com)

Apparently the "lucky cat" is one of Chisato's favorite icons, but she doesn't seem to use it frequently in her work.  The only piece I found with a cat was this purse:

(image from polyvore.com)
But that's okay - I think these cats go better on makeup than fashion items anyway!  Overall I think Chisato did a fabulous job in this collaboration.  Her sense of fantasy and whimsy comes through very clearly, and I always love when fashion designers re-use their iconography in a new and creative way for makeup.

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