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!
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.
We all know how much I love free swag.
And I always appreciate their attention to detail. Even the plastic cover for the eye shadow and blush has a butterfly!
The palettes are cute and I commend Paul & Joe for doing something a little different, but the lipstick cases are what most intrigued me.
I couldn't resist picking up a refill since it has a butterfly on it.
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.
The cat print is from the Paul & Joe Sister spring 2016 collection.
(image from paulandjoe.com)
But my favorite was the jungle print, which appeared on many pieces in the resort 2016 collection.
How cute is this romper?!
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.
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.
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.
(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?