….Is the slogan for this tiny capsule and limited edition collection inspired by award AMC Drama ‘MadMen’. The three-piece collection is in exclusively seductive pink shades reminiscent of the sixties era. Pearlised pinks for lips, cheeks and nails. The shades are ‘oh so’ au natural vintage, each formula contained in cases and cartons, all replicas of Estee Lauder sixties collections*. The main jewel is the stunning enamel compact mirrored blusher compact, called ‘See-Thru Blush’ in shade ‘Light Show’. ‘Light show’ creates a light glow for a cheeky fresh-faced appearance. The coloured enamel reflects the unique cut outs of the swinging sixties.
The nail lacquer is in a pretty pearlescent pink that captures “sexy-innocent” a classic sixties look in Pink Paisley*. in a classic bottle with ‘Estee Lauder, written in gold script.
Finally the Lipstick is again in a replica Estee lauder’s vintage-style gold tube, and comes in the shade PINKADELIC with moisturising, colour and shine benefits. Creamy satin finish in a pink that’s sultry, yet contrasting with a fresh-faced innocence, for an authentic sixties pout. “named after one of our most popular sixties lip formulas”*
*Information and descriptions/images from the Estee Lauder Website www.esteelauder.co.uk
Jean Harlow (above)
You may have noticed the vintage manicure (bared half- moons, claw shaped tips) made a come back in the past few seasons on the runway. More than ever nails have certainly become a fashion statement, thanks to the blogging world, Tumblr, Instagram full of nail art inspiration. It’s now easy for all to access on the high street. Brands selling nail art kits containing multi coloured varnish, matt or cracked finishes, extreme shades, glitter, nail art stickers and glue on jewels.
The Vintage manicure, however is so much more untimely and sophisticated. For me, once I fell in love with the vintage/glamour era’s a few years ago, and the world took notice of the Burlesque and Pin-up revival. The likes of Dita Von Teese introduced me to the perfect red vintage manicure. Her book ‘Burlesque’ gives a wonderful description of vintage nails from the 1920’s era to the 1950’s. The key to a vintage nail is the bare half-moons (see images). The 1930’s shown in the photographs of Carole Lombard and Jean Harlow, the Deco eras had a distinctive shaped nail, tapering off to a sharp point with both tips and moons bare. Colours mainly where more muted in colours such as silvers, corals, rose pinks and deep burgundy.
1930’s/40’s nails image via lettersfromhomefront.blogspot.com
The 1940’s style as ritually worn by Dita Von Teese, where always long, tapered and oval-shaped manicured with bared moons, either the moons are painted white or left bare. The polish can be any colour red, however authentically and preferably should be a TRUE RED. Dita sees a manuicurist and probably has full manicures or gels. Just take an image to your nail bar, if you want the full works. If your good with nails and have the nail length it can be done at home. Betty Bee’s blog shows an easy DIY example on her blog http://talesfrombettybeetowers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/classic-vintage-style-half-moon.html
Dita von Teese also launched her own line of ready to wear nails by Kiss can be purchased from her site www.dita.net
Carole Lombard (above)
The 1930’s fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli sponsored cutex nail polish for spring.
Dita Von Teese – colour photos: LA Weekly photographed by Star Foreman, May 4th-10th 2012 and Vogue Italia
Black and white photos: vogue.it