Looks like a very NARS holiday season. Pardon me -- a very NARS Andy Warhol holiday season. Truthfully, I don't know whether to be excited over the whole collection, or overwhelmed. There's a lot to love.
"If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. Thereâ€™s nothing behind it."
-- Andy Warhol.
Famous for in-your-face colour, turning everyday objects like soup cans into icons, and a declaration that "...everyone will be famous for 15 minutes," Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was a break-the-mold filmmaker, publisher, and commercial illustrator turned visual artist. He and his work have also been a longtime inspiration for FranÃ§ois Nars, who pays hommage via the following...
"Isnâ€™t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?"
-- Andy Warhol
The NARS Andy Warhol colour collection could be considered basics you'll need for the holiday season: jewel tones and hits of metallic shimmer in pencils, blush, gloss and nail polish:
NARS Andy Warhol Soft Touch Shadow Pencils ($28 each at Sephora on October 1st; other NARS retailers November 1st): Empire (black), Trash (vivid purple), Silver Factory (shimmery aluminum), and Heat (teal). Love. These. Pencils. My favourite at the moment is an earlier release, Hollywoodland, used as an eyelighter along the lower lashes from inner corner out. These four make for easy holiday eye makeup in a bold stroke of colour or smudged all over the lid.
NARS Andy Warhol Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner ($25) in 47th Street (the address of Andy Warhol's studio in NYC), and Highlighting Blush ($32) in Satellite of Love (a classic song by Lou Reed/The Velvet Underground; the band was part of Warhol's social circle, and boast a banana by Warhol as album cover art). Both at Sephora on October 1st; other NARS retailers November 1st.
NARS Andy Warhol Larger Than Life Lip Gloss ($30 each at Sephora on October 1st; other NARS retailers November 1st): Penny Arcade (raspberry), International Velvet (icy pink), Viva (rich rose), Candy Says (shimmery strawberry pink), and Holly Woodlawn (bright orange-red). May I be so bold as to say you need at least Penny Arcade and Holly Woodlawn? And maybe International Velvet, Viva and Candy Says when you go dramatic on your eyes? Oh wait. Okay, I guess you need all of â€™em. Anyone owe you a present?
NARS Andy Warhol Nail Polish ($21 each at Sephora on October 1st; other NARS retailers November 1st): Back Room (black), New York Dolls (purple), Superstar (teal), 15 Minutes (yellow), and TV Party (vivid orange). I'll leave you to google the significance of each shade name. More important is this: the formula features an "advanced polymer system for extended wear and a durable chip-resistant finish." I'm pretty consistent with soak-off gel, so haven't had much experience with NARS polish. So far. Have you tried it? What's your verdict?
"Pop art is about liking things." -- Andy Warhol
When you're a big-influence specialty retailer like Sephora, you get to partner with your most popular brands to create exclusives that lure those brand fans to your shop for something they can get only from you. The following NARS holiday gift sets for Sephora are inspired by key examples of Warhol's signature Pop-Art esthetic.
NARS Andy Warhol Debbie Harry Eye & Cheek Palette ($74 at Sephora; October 1st), with glitter and micronized-diamond powder. Andy Warhol liked celebrities. Take hot rock-chick Debbie Harry. She's pretty famous, right? If you were around in her "Heart of Glass" days, you know that especially well. Yet it seems Debbie was totally chuffed at being painted by her friend, because it put her in the same fame-stratosphere as Liz Taylor and Marilyn Munroe, both of whom were also subjects of Warhol paintings.
NARS Andy Warhol Kiss Larger Thank Life Lip Gloss Gift Set ($62 at Sephora; October 1st): Silver Factory (shimmery aluminum), Myths (rosy pink), Blue Movie (pink sherbet), Drella (sheer hot pink), and Chelsea Girls (flesh-toned beige). The tin is inspired by the iconic Warhol pop-art soup can, natch.
NARS Andy Warhol Walk on the Wild Side Gift Set ($44 at Sephora; October 1st): Silver Factory Illuminator (shimmery aluminum), IT Nail Polish (black violet), and Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Orgasm (peachy pink with golden shimmer). Apparently in 1964, Andy was going through a "pretty" phase, so he painted flowers, as per the packaging for this grouping. In 2012, I might go through a black-violet phase, as per this gorgeous IT nail polish.
NARS Andy Warhol Eye Shadow Palettes ($65 each at Sephora, October 1st): mini-makeup versions of Warhol's 1965 painting "Flowers," with Warhol quotes on each mirror. Flowers 1: white, brown rose, dark lavender and gold against a shimmery lavender grey background and black overspray; "If you can convince yourself that you look fabulous, you can save yourself the trouble of primping." Flowers 2: white and heather blue against a shimmering lavender grey background and black overspray; "You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you." Flowers 3: white, pink champagne and dark brown against a shimmering lavender grey background and black overspray; "All is pretty."
"I use mostly artificial colour." -- Andy Warhol
Warhol had a tongue-in-cheek pragmatic approach to art: it was work. So he called his studio The Factory and himself the Factory Owner. And rather than gallery white, the studio's interior was silver foil. Hence, the Silver Factory holiday collections, which you'll find at department stores and boutiques.
NARS Andy Warhol Silver Factory Gift Set ($215 at department and specialty stores; November 1st): a silver zippered cosmetics case + blush brush #8, large domed eyeshadow brush #13, Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto, powder blush in Desire (delicate bright pink), trio eyeshadow in Shadows (shimmery aluminum, vivid purple, matte black), Silver Factory Multiple, and Pure Matte Lipstick in Chelsea Girls (flesh-toned beige).
NARS Andy Warhol Edie Gift Set ($85 at department and specialty stores; November 1st): a film-cannister container with Pure Matte Lipstick in Film Star (60s nude pink), Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates (black), blush duo in Deep Throat/Amour (shimmery sheer peach and matte peachy pink), and eyeshadow in Edie (cream with subtle shimmer). "She had more problems than anybody I ever met," said Warhol of his muse, 60s It Girl Edie Sedgwick. Actress Sienne Miller played Edie in a 2006 film called Factory Girl.
NARS Andy Warhol Beautiful Darling Gift Set ($55 at department and specialty stores; November 1st): a silver zippered cosmetics case plus nail polish in Candy Darling, Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Woman in Revolt (hot pink), and duo eyeshadow in Femme Fatale (sheer white shimmer and fresh mint green). Candy Darling, who is featured on the cosmetics case, was a big-personality "blonde-bombshell" transexual actress Warhol cast in his 1971 film Woman in Revolt. She had roles in a number of indie films (and appeared in 1971's Klute, which starred Jane Fonda), but sadly passed away of lymphoma somewhere around age 30.
NARS Andy Warhol Photo Booth Gift Set Nail Polish ($45 at department and specialty stores; November 1st): nail polish in Silver Factory (shimmery aluminum), Chelsea Girls (flesh-toned beige), Soup Can ("perfect" red), and Back Room (black). Warhol's intense interest in photo booths started in 1963 when Harper's Bazaar assigned him a story on the arts, and led to his first commissioned portrait.
NARS Andy Warhol Eyeshadow Palettes ($65 each at department and specialty stores; November 1st), mini-makeup versions of Warhol's 1967 painting called Self Portrait: Self Portrait 1 (black, bright periwinkle blue, vibrant green); Self Portrait 2 (black, white, silver); Self Portrait 3 (dark brown with shimmer overspray, rose pink, heather blue). Each mirror features a Warhol quote as follows: 1) "I believe in low lights and trick mirrors." 2) "Art is what you can get away with." 3) "I've never met a person I couldn't call a beauty."
Anything available at Sephora is available as of today. What's on your hit list? Or do you need a little digest time like I do?