DANC­ING IN THE LIGHT

Lu­mi­nous skin, scin­til­lat­ing tex­tures, and the Roar­ing Twen­ties all cul­mi­nate in Clé de Peau Beauté’s new col­lec­tion. Nen Lin Soo joins the beauty brand at its ex­trav­a­gant un­veil­ing party in Shang­hai.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty Bazaar -

The year is 1927. Shang­hai is al­ready thriv­ing in its East-meet­sWest in­flu­ences, and the Art Deco era is alive and strong. The Peace Ho­tel on the Bund, which would soon be recog­nised as one of the piv­otal struc­tures from the Art Deco pe­riod, was just built a year ago; shiku­men build­ings that lined the al­ley­ways of the French Con­ces­sion fea­tured its sig­na­ture styles; and fash­ion was com­pletely reimag­ined as women broke so­ci­etal con­ven­tions and worked to free them­selves of tra­di­tional gen­der roles.

IT’S PROVOCA­TIVE

No stranger to ex­ceed­ing beauty ex­pec­ta­tions and de­liv­er­ing trans­for­ma­tive for­mu­la­tions, Clé de Peau Beauté took this spirit to heart when de­sign­ing its lat­est Au­tumn/Win­ter ’16 col­lec­tion. Lu­cia Pieroni, cre­ative make-up di­rec­tor of Clé de Peau Beauté, was in­spired by the “tu­mul­tuous era of the Roar­ing Twen­ties”.

To cast this idea into a col­lec­tion that cel­e­brated the ro­man­tic se­duc­tion of the Art Deco pe­riod, Pieroni de­vised shim­mer­ing colour pal­ettes that were bold and ex­pres­sive. Rich hues in­ter­played with tex­tures prom­i­nent in the dis­tinc­tive works of renowned painter Ta­mara de Lem­picka—an Art Deco icon her­self. Highly re­garded as an out­stand­ing fe­male artist of the pe­riod, de Lem­picka’s ten­dency to ex­press her ideas of fe­male em­pow­er­ment and in­di­vid­u­al­ity through her art es­tab­lished her as an icon of her time.

Why de Lem­picka? Pieroni has al­ways had a fas­ci­na­tion with strong, beau­ti­ful women like the Art Deco artist, and through the sea­son’s col­lec­tion, she en­vi­sioned a femme fatale with a lu­mi­nous per­son­al­ity, en­hanced by stun­ning make-up and her glow­ing ra­di­ance. Her verve is some­thing that Pieroni also con­veys in the au­da­cious, unique colours. “She is am­biva­lent by na­ture and un­afraid to ex­plore the un­known,” de­scribes Pieroni.

Eye­shadow quads in deep rich greens and earthy brown hues are ready to se­duce

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