As rock as a leather biker jacket, as fetish as a pair of black patent stilettos, YSL Beauté introduces the Cuirs Fétiches make-up collection for Fall 2014.
Leather … Rock, chic, subversive. A material that is both noble in origin and couture in attitude.The very essence of the House of Yves Saint Laurent, leather creates that “skin-on-skin” effect that is madly sensual and highly addictive, making each garment or accessory – bag, skinny jeans or biker jacket – a must-have item the Yves Saint Laurent woman just can’t resist.
“I am fascinated by the incredible depths of colour and texture of this noble material. And particularly by its different textured finishes: weathered, polished, grained, burnished… I wanted to explore the variations of leather in one single collection that would be perfect for Fall 2014″, said Lloyd Simmonds, YSL’s international makeup artist.
Lloyd Simmonds drew on his fascination with leather, from the most precious to the most rebellious, to create a sensual, electrically charged make-up collection. A juxtaposition of luxurious textures and opulent, subtly luminous shades with couture contrasts, the result is wearable, carnal to the extreme.
Burnished tones, from deepest black to shiny bronze, combined with the varnished, glossy sheen of patent leather, perfectly express the tension between matte and lacquered; the contrast between natural nudes and intense reds; and are as easily wearable as a second skin, inspired by suede, nappa, and the untanned roughness of shagreen.
For Fall 2014, the Yves Saint Laurent woman flirts with danger. Always chic, but with a rock-star edge invoking freedom and sensuality, she adores leather in all its versions.
But let’s see what Lloyd Simmonds says about it all…
WHAT IS THE ATTITUDE OF THE SAINT LAURENT WOMAN THIS FALL?
“She is edgy, sexy, likes flirting with danger. Not really a fetishist, but she has her sexy rock side. She exudes a powerful attraction and self-confidence, like when she puts on her leather biker jacket or steps into her black pumps.”
THE CAMPAIGN LOOK EMBODIED BY CARA DELEVINGNE IS CERTAINLY VERY ASSERTIVE: INTENSE EYES, MATTE RED LIPS … HOW DID YOU WORK ON THIS LOOK?
“I pushed the leather aspect to play out this idea of extreme seduction, to become a totally hot look: smouldering eyes and Cuir Rouge on the lips, Galuchat on the nails …”
HOW CAN THE LOOK BE WORN ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS?
“Outside of a photo shoot it is rare to wear a total look. But it can be interpreted by using just some of the items in the collection: a lip gloss, an eyeliner and a mascara, an eye shadow and a galuchat lacquer, etc. The modern effect comes from a healthy, luminous complexion.Starting from that, you can play with make-up like an accessory.”
TELL US ABOUT THE COUTURE PALETTE COLLECTOR FETICHE…
“I adore it because it brings together all the tones of skin colour and raw leather. It offers several textures – from matte black to slightly metallic camel – to create a base, a shape or a highlight. Each woman can use it as her mood dictates.”
SMOKY OR GRAPHIC? WHAT ARE THE 2014 CODES FOR EYES?
“There is a major trend towards clean, graphic lines. Which is why the eyeliner is key.”
WHAT ARE YOUR 3 STAR COLOURS IN THE COLLECTION?
“I prefer to talk about textures: matte, shiny, satin … that can be layered to create different finishes. What I like about them is that you can choose your own favourites. Total freedom of choice in fact.”
YOUR FETISH PRODUCT OF THE SEASON? AND WHY?
“Obviously it is the Couture Palette Collector Fétiche because it perfectly sums up the Fall Look 2014. But there are also the Rouges Pur Couture The Mats. I like their easy-to-wear texture and they have that very modern rock slant to them.”