don’t ask us to shoes

Elle (Canada) - - #Storyboard -

Fash­ion fea­tures ed Lisa went to Lon­don for a peek at Char­lotte Olympia’s M.A.C col­lab

My grand­mother Ze­hava was a blond bomb­shell who looked like she could have been on the sil­ver screen. She al­ways had her hair set ‘just so’ and wore red lip­stick. She def­i­nitely pro­vided in­sight into the world of glam­our as I was grow­ing up. I’ve al­ways loved black-and-white movies—Rita Hay­worth is my favourite red­head, Lau­ren Ba­call is my favourite brunette and Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe is my favourite blonde. I thought of the three of them as I was mak­ing th­ese lip­sticks be­cause they’re all dif­fer­ent in per­son­al­ity, so the lip­sticks have dif­fer­ent at­ti­tudes.

“I al­ways like to say ‘Dress from the feet up.’ Old Hol­ly­wood was an era of rich ac­ces­sories: Women wouldn’t leave the house with­out their hat, gloves, shoes, match­ing stock­ings and lip­stick. When I started de­sign­ing clothes, I al­ways cre­ated the shoes, hats and bags to go with each out­fit—I was very ac­ces­sories fo­cused. At the time, I didn’t know that you could study to be a shoe de­signer; it had al­ways been about cre­at­ing a head-to-toe look. For me, makeup is also an ac­ces­sory that can change an out­fit—wear­ing red lips or a smoky eye mat­ters.

“The essence of my brand al­ways comes from a clas­sic by­gone era. My ac­ces­sories tend to be a bit more em­bel­lished, but when it comes to dress­ing and makeup, it’s about hav­ing bal­ance. My makeup col­lec­tion had to be clas­sic and time­less. Your shoes can change, but the makeup stays the same.” n

The M.A.C Cos­met­ics Char­lotte Olympia col­lec­tion in­cludes 21 pieces es­sen­tial for cap­tur­ing the quirky vibe of the Brit de­signer. Clock­wise, from top left: Zoom Lash Mascara in Lofty Brown ($21.50); Pig­ment in Over­dressed ($27.50); Cream Colour Base in Sepia and Golden Age ($27.50 each); Lip­stick in Lead­ing Lady Red, Retro Rouge and Scar­let Star­let ($22.50 each); Pro Long­wear Lip Pen­cil in He Said, She Said ($25.50). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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