Curator's Corner, 3/12/2011
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Couture Monday: Nobody ever suspects the butterfly

Lancôme presents us with an oh-so-girly palette for spring.  Butterfly Fever features delicate butterflies and a big happy pink bow and lavender rose.  They also introduced another version of it with Swarovski crystals, which I did not bother purchasing as it's the same palette but with some crystals on the outside of it.

Anyway, let's get to some pics.


Butterfly angle

With flash:

Butterfly flash

Butterfly flash angle

The colors are great for spring - you can't go wrong with sparkly purple and pastel pinks - but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why the butterflies are swarming around a giant bow.  Fortunately Lancôme and Bloomingdale's provided an explanation in their product descriptions. 

From Lancôme - "The new must have blush is an original twist of two incontrovertible items of the 70's style: the bowtie and the butterfly designed by Alexis Mabille. In fashion, wearing a bowtie is the ultimate chic attitude, besides a way to express free-spirit and absolute lack of concern for what other people think. The butterfly is a multicultural symbol of free soul, feminity and beauty of nature."

Bloomingdale's - "The packaging is decorated with an elegant bowtie and butterflies designed by Alexis Mabille. Alexis Mabille is a french fashion designer famous for his frivolous, dynamic, imaginative and racy universe, where sophistication and fantasy becomes one. The Bowtie is a leitmotif in his artistic work."

I don't know about a "leitmotif" - for Mabille it seems that bowties, and bows in general, are more of an obsession.  Nearly every piece in his collections has a bow of some sort.  Case in point:

From dresses...

Bow dress skirts...

Mabille skirts couture...

16 shoes and accessories, the bow is virtually everywhere in his work:

Mabille shoes

Mabille clutch

The bow makes an appearance in Mabille's menswear too, and not just in the form of bowties:



For the spring 2011 season, he even worked in some butterflies:

(all fashion images from

So there you have it.  I love when I go digging to figure out a makeup mystery and find a satisfying answer!

p.s. If you're confused by the title of this post, the explanation is here.  Yes, I am an unabashed Simpsons nerd.

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