Marc Jacobs did it, Jason Wu has done it, and now Derek Lam is entering the cosmetics field, too. Tom Pecheux, creative makeup director for Esteé Lauder, is a staple backstage at Derek Lam runway shows, so it's only natural that the two would eventually work together to create a new collection for the beauty brand. "I do love the idea women could use my makeup like my ready-to-wear collection — as part of the wardrobe that creates a personality and a style. I wanted that functionality in the makeup line," Lam told WWD. "I also wanted to translate what I’m seeing in fabrics and textures into the cosmetics.”
This isn't the first time Derek has designed something other than clothes. He once did a one-off fragrance for his fashion show, and he's also collaborated with a powerhouse brand before with his Kohl's collection. This five-piece makeup set will include a navy blue eyeliner, a golden eye shadow, mascara, a rosy lipstick, and a nude gloss with metallic flecks. To make it even more covetable, the entire collection will be encased in a Derek Lam-designed clutch. The kit, which launches in January for $85, is supposed to be any woman's after-five essentials, which is right in line with the look from his Spring 2014 runway show, where we got a sneak peek of the products. "Nobody has time to go back home to shower to clean and rebuild the makeup. Girls like to add a bit of makeup to start their second part of the day and then the evening." Well, thank you for bringing us one step closer to happy hour.
At Derek Lam Spring 2014, the bold colors of the collection didn't surface in the beauty look. The hair, makeup, and nails circulated around one concept: minimalism. Lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux used a soon-to-be-released antique gold cream shadow from Estée Lauder on the eyes as a base. Then he created three different looks using a midnight blue eyeliner. "You wake up, go to work, you're invited to an exhibition, and from there the night is yours," Pecheux explained. The trio of liner looks represents the stages of a woman's day.
Orlando Pita used the T3 BodyWaver ($149) to create a subtle curl before pulling hair back into a low ponytail. The models with turbans wore their hair down. To complete the look, Jin Soon Choi customized the "perfect beige" by layering a rosy nude, Nostalgia, ($18) with a sheer white called Tulle ($18).
Derek Lam may be the heir apparent to master of American minimalism, once again proving that wearable is not a dirty word. Spring 2014 showcased his deft touch with iconic materials like denim, fashioned into structured trenches and boxy tops, and gingham check, in peplum tops and sleek skirts. Evening showcased bell shapes and fringe, as well as a white and cream gown that is surely destined for a terribly chic bride. Accessories added edge, with turbans, gladiator sandals, and block heels finishing the looks.
Derek Lam made his Fashion Week debut in 2003, sending out a collection that would mark a new era in crisp, clean, American sportswear. He redefined the classics, crafting a cool line of looks that felt utterly modern thanks to smart tailoring and attention to detail. What remains in each reincarnation is an unmistakably chic aesthetic — effortless, easy, and wearable. He loves color as much as he loves black; he experiments as much with the classics as he does with edgier designs and prints, but continues to deliver a clever mix of the slick and the feminine. Click through for a look back at the San Francisco-born designer's runways and see exactly what we mean.
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