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Shiseido Festive Camellia Palette ’m not a flower person,” Yohji Yamamoto says; and don’t we know it. The highly conceptual Japanese designer is wellknown for his avant-garde creations – he made up one of the mould-breaking vanguards championing a new streak of fashion when he first debuted in the ’80s with his notoriously intellectual collection. Just observe his Autumn/Winter ’15 collection, in which clothes with collapsing tent-like silhouettes and multiplaned canvases are described as “under construction.”
Hardly one to be branded for feminine designs, Yamamoto justifies his fascination with the delicate blossom, “The camellia flower is always beautiful; from the moment it blossoms with its greatest energy to the moment it dies.” The flower has in fact appeared on many of his designs, and when he accepted the opportunity to collaborate with Japanese beauty brand Shiseido, the design highlighted his deepest respect for women. “By depicting this beautiful camellia, which is filled with dignity and vitality until the end of its life, I have related the camellia’s most beautiful moments to those of a woman.”
For the longest time, Shiseido’s creations were signed, sealed, and delivered with the mark of a flower as the symbol of beauty. This irresistible collaboration in the form of a multicolour palette for the face and eyes, christened Festive Camellia in light of the holiday season, continues in this vein; with, of course, the camellia at the centre of it all.
In line with Yamamoto’s vision, Shiseido’s illustrious makeup artistic director, Dick Page, played with some of the most gorgeous shades inspired by the camellia that work to accentuate the eyes and bring colour to the cheeks, perfecting the evening glow. To underline its sophistication, the six different hues housed in the palette have a texture that is undeniably smooth. The beautiful shades are also developed with a unique formula to ensure that they can be used as both eyeshadow and face colour.
Elegantly dressed in camellia-patterned silk specially printed in Kyoto, coupled with an asymmetrical design sparked by nature’s whimsy, the palette is at the height of fashion. The result: an ultimatemate companion for women and, as always,ays, abstracted from the idea of love. Shiseido Festive Camellia is available at all Shiseido counters nationwide.
COLOUR CODE “Sunset Camellia features luminous brown,
gold, and plum shades on the eyes, set against delicately tinted lips and cheeks.”
Sui He models for the new Yohji Yamamoto collection with Shiseido
Dick Page preparing Sui He for the campaign shoot
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