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Yves-Saint Laurent’s “Quiet Revolution” Rages On In Jourdan Dunn Campaign

18 Jan

Hugely influential French luxury brand Yves-Saint Laurent continues to step in the right direction with its newest ad campaign featuring British model Jourdan Dunn. Shot by fashion photographer Terry Richardson, Dunn appears as the newest face of YSL’s cosmetics line in the brand’s “Touche Eclat Lumiere” highlighter ad campaign.

While the ad itself is visually-arresting, showcasing the radiant Dunn smokey-eyed and bare-shouldered against a decadent golden textile, it is also an extremely optimistic indicator of things to come both for the brand and the industry at-large.

Credited as the first major designer to frankly address race issues within the fashion industry, Yves-Saint Laurent sparked a “quiet French Revolution” nearly 50 years ago by featuring the first black models to appear on Paris runways and high-fashion print campaigns. Opening doors for the careers of models such as Iman, Pat Cleveland, Tyra Banks, and Veronica Webb, the late couturier was also cited by Naomi Campbell in 2008 as the driving force behind her groundbreaking French Vogue cover.

Twenty year-old Jordan Dunn is no stranger to facing race issues within the fashion industry herself. In 2008, a then 17 year-old Dunn made headlines as the first black runway model to walk in a Prada show in over a decade, and has since worked to bring attention to the lack of diverse racial and ethnic representation in the industry.

Yves-Saint Laurent not only challenged beauty standards by including a racially diverse cast of models, but also considered women of all colors when designing his line of high-end cosmetics.

Jordan Dunn’s appearance in the “Touche Eclat Lumiere” cosmetics campaign is hopeful proof that Yves-Saint Laurent’s vision — one of racial-inclusivity and accessibility for all women — is successfully being implemented in his brand even after his passing. Those participating in the industry should hope to see design houses and luxury brands following in YSL’s path, ultimately aspiring to a climate reflective of the multitude of colors their habitués come in.


Step-Up Your Eye Game with Iman’s New Cosmetics Palette

10 Jan

Iman, timeless beauty and creator of her own cosmetics line specifically formulated for women of all ethnic backgrounds, is launching a new eye makeup palette this week with everything you need to take your eyes to the next level. The Iman Eye-Con Collection includes a built-in mirror, four trios of eyeshadow shades (Classic Smoky, Golden Romance, Edgy Emerald, and Cool Violet), brow liner (Blackest Brown Eyebrow Pencil), and a jet black eyeliner (Jet Black Perfect Eye Pencil).  The collection also includes easy-to-follow instructions for perfecting your smoldering smokey-eye, shimmering lid, or radiant natural look.

The collection retails for $35 and will become available at Sephora on January 15.

Vogue Brazil “Black Is Beautiful” Issue January 2011

6 Jan

Vogue Brazil took a tip from sister mag Vogue Italia and has dedicated this month’s issue to an all-black cast of models. Brazil, a country with one of the widest ranges in complexions, has been frequently lambasted for its failure to embrace darker skin tones in fashion and Vogue is finally taking steps to address that. The gorgeous Emanuele De Paula graces its beachy cover wearing an ivory eyelet tunic, bronze makeup, and silver bangles.

Source: SheBreathes

MAC Launches Limited-Edition “Bollywood” Line for Indian and Middle-Eastern Skin Tones

5 Jan

MAC has been all over the map in the past week, announcing its Jeanius and Peacocky collections for Spring ’11. Tomorrow the cosmetics company launches yet another line for Spring, MAC + Mickey Contractor, inspired by Bollywood and formulated especially for Middle-Eastern and Indian skin tones.

Mickey Contractor, MAC’s Director of Makeup Artistry for India and considered the main influencer of Bollywood’s makeup, spearheaded the collaboration and is largely credited with taking the genre’s look from overdone and flashy to modern and au naturel.

The limited-edition set includes neutral lipsticks, glosses, and an eyeshadow quad, and some progressive new products created specifically for Indian and Middle-Eastern skin tones: four new shades of Select Moisturecover Concealer, three Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundations, and the double-ended Select Moisture Concealer that customizes any concealer or foundation to match your complexion. MAC’s Bollywood collection wouldn’t be complete without some vivid tones, and has included fuchsia and deep purple eyeshadows, a bold fuchsia lipstick, and two metallic Fluidline eyeliners in emerald and deep turquoise.

MAC + Mickey Contractor will be available January 6 through February 3 at MAC.


Source: Refinery29

Puerto Rican Supermodel Joan Smalls Is New Face of Estée Lauder

4 Jan

Joan Smalls had a great year in 2010, walking the runway for every major designer including opening Spring 2011 shows for Jason Wu and YSL. Last year she was also shot in editorials for Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, and David Sims, and appeared in Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2010 ad campaign.

2011 is about to get even better for the Puerto Rican supermodel, appearing as the new spokeswoman for Estée Lauder. The cosmetics company made headlines last April with the inclusion of its first Asian face, Chinese model Liu Wen.


Source: FabSugar

Elle Skin-Whitening Controversy Fuels Lawsuit Rumors

30 Dec

Indian model and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is in shock over allegations of whitening her skin for her Elle India cover and may take legal action if verified, According to the Times of India.

An anonymous source “close to her” told the Times that, “Aishwarya’s first reaction was disbelief. She believed that these things don’t happen anymore.” Whether or not skin-whitening is an actionable offense is dubious, but unfortunately it is a global epidemic to women — especially in India.

Back in 2008, the Times of India reported via another anonymous source that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had been fired and replaced in a L’Oreal ad for skin-lightening cream because she refused to endorse it.

“She said that she didn’t want to promote a fairness cream especially in India where one’s skin colour is such a big issue,” the source says. “She will never promote a product that discriminates on the basis of one’s skin colour. Ours is a society where biases are so prevalent that she will do all she can to curb it.”

Source: Jezebel, the Times of India

Liu Wen is the First Asian Face of Estée Lauder

1 Nov

Last April, news got out that cosmetics empire Estée Lauder had signed Chinese model Liu Wen as their first Asian face. Last week, images for the classic french brand’s gorgeous new print ad campaign, guided under the creative direction of Tom Pecheux, were released online. Behold! The full campaign is set to debut in department stores and magazines worldwide next spring. Yay for breaking down barriers!


Source: The Cut.