Karl Lagerfeld Karl-izes Shu Uemura Cosmetics
Oh Karl… It seems dabbling his black leather clad fingers in every piece of the fashions pie is Karl Lagerfeld’s aim… and, once again, the ‘Kaiser’ is at it. A recent reveal in WWD showed the designers seventeen-piece holiday collection for Japanese makeup brand Shu Uemura in which Lagerfeld put aside his penchant for black and white in favor of a more colorful collection. Included in this beauty bounty is four lip shades, two eye and cheek palettes, two false eyelash sets, a few nail colors, a dark purple gel liner, an eyelash curler, a cleansing oil, a mini brush kit and a makeup box to house it all. (*Whew. We did say seventeen pieces.) Each item will be priced between a rather serious span of $27 to $368, and the packaging is adorned with what Lagerfeld hoped would be the visual outcome if wearing the collection: a Karl-ized version of a Japanese Manga doll. (Of course… you did see the recent Karl “My Little Pony,” right?)
The legendary designers version of his own persona ala Manga, has been dubbed Mon Shu and has red eyes, a jet black bob and Lagerfeld’s signature high white collar and black tie. ”I wanted to invent my personal vision of Japanese manga,” Lagerfeld told the fashion tome, and since Karl’s vision sometimes gets a touch clouded by… well… Karl. This is exactly what one would expect to see. The makeup brand has plans to to release the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura collection in stores and online in October (U.S., U.K., Canada) and November (other countries,) in it’s bid to Karl-ize the beauty industry. The brands general manager Vince Nida hinted at the future of this collaboration too, telling WWD, “We enjoyed very much working with Karl Lagerfeld, so everything is possible.”
P.S. Did you know that Lagerfeld has been using Shu Uemura cosmetics for his sketches, instead of pencils, for “years?” Huh. Neither did we.