Sometimes, just sometimes, there comes along a limited edition collection that make you go ‘wow’. Dolce & Gabbana’s latest impending release, the Sicilian Jewels Collection is one of those.
It’s not only the packaging but the imagination and boldness of creating four flaming jewel like lipsticks (each with a jewel atop the case in the same colour as the lipstick) that have you desperate to try out the colours to see if they really ‘do’ look as vivid as photographed. And more, there are four nail colours to match.
It’s as if Dolce & Gabbana (with make-up artist Pat McGrath’s artistic direction) have tried to push the boundaries as far as their customers will go, while attracting a whole host of new fans simply due to their audacity and the originality of their colour offerings.
Launched on 1st November in time for Christmas (it’s a pity not earlier to capture the outlandish make-up fraternity of Halloween lovers), the collection comprises of four lip colours and four nail lacquers in shades of amethyst (bright purple), emerald (ice-cold, luminous green), ruby (deep red) and topaz (amber-yellow gold). The lip colour contains a creamy and glossy formula, packaged in Dolce & Gabbana’s chic, golden cylinder with a jewelled top.
This collection thrilled me for the ‘out-there’ experimental feel of the colours. The deep ruby red, is, of course, a mainstay of Dolce & Gabbana and continues to be a lynchpin colour in the catwalk shows over the seasons – as integral to the look and feel of Dolce & Gabbana as black lace, big knickers and corsetry. Taking its inspiration from their A/W’13 Byzantine mosaic collection (below), Pat McGrath’s idea was the seasonal match the lipstick to your nail colour but with a daring, youthful element that can be worn to attract comments or stares, all with a sophisticated gleam. It works.
The purple when worn isn’t as outlandish as one would think. All those old enough to remember the iconic Miss Selfridge ‘Kiss & Make-Up’ Iron Lady (lilac silver) lipstick of the 1980s should take note. You’re now older & all grown up but one hopes, still as daring and young-at-heart as ever – go buy this and remember your youth. The emerald green is shockingly cold and is the boldest of the four with its black/green gleam – this is one for Illamasqua fans. Indeed, both, the bright purple and emerald green options are a worthy edition to any make-up collector’s bag.
The topaz yellow is lighter, warmer but not as big and in-your-face as the other two while the classic ruby red is an all round treat. These four newbies are sure to rock boats. Brilliant for those who like experimental fashion looks. I’d expect a lot of the vintage scene will take these to their hearts for their big, bold yet ultimately sophisticated statements.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicilian Jewels Collection is available exclusively from Harrods from 1st November 2013. Classic cream lipsticks are priced at £27. Matching nail Lacquers are priced at £18.