"Andy Warhol once proclaimed that “an artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have,” a statement exemplified by his namesake foundation, which, in recent years, has allowed the artist’s work to be paired with everything from retail marketing initiatives (Barneys) to limited-edition luxury goods, ranging from accessories (Philip Treacy) to wine (Dom Perignon) and even skateboards (Alien Workshop). Noticeably missing from the portfolio, however, has been a beauty collaboration. Enter the Nars autumn/winter 2012 color collection.
Combining Warhol’s well-documented love of makeup with that of the brand founder and creative director, François Nars, the 29-piece offering aims to capture the spirit of Warhol — and his many muses, including Edie Sedgewick, Debbie Harry and Candy Darling — through more than just the use of recognizable imagery. “What I loved about [Warhol's] world was that he took elements from the past and made them his own. That’s what we have done with this collection — taken Andy’s ‘world’ and made it modern,” Nars explains. “The colors are also directly linked to the makeup.” This desire to project forward is evident throughout, with product development innovations abundant (like printed eye shadow palettes with every color filled through to the pan), as well as never-before-seen applications of Warhol’s works (including a “Kiss”-wrapped soup can) by the former Interview editorial director turned creative consultant Fabien Baron.
The collection arrives in stores in time for the 25th anniversary of the Pop artist’s passing, and will be released in two parts: core products on Oct. 1 at Sephora and holiday-focused kits and palettes onnarscosmetics.com on Nov. 1."
And, of course one of my most favorite street art photos ever I shot in February 2010 in the Meat Packing District by Mr. BrainWash.