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Monday Muse: Antonio Lopez Inspires MAC

Supermodels Marisa Berenson, Jerry Hall and Pat Cleveland: Antonio’s Girls

MAC Cosmetics is known for partnering with fashion’s biggest names — we just broke news of their forthcoming collab with Anna Wintour-approved, downtown favorites Proenza Schouler — but they’re also famous for their collaborations with more unexpected partners. The glamorous but off-kilter Dame Edna, for example, and even latin lover Ricky Martin have worked with the brand for capsule collections. The latest release from MAC takes inspiration from the work of fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, who worked in the era of sequins, decadence and excess: the ’70s. His girls Marisa Berenson, Jerry Hall and Pat Cleveland were dubbed Antonio’s Girls, and they reconvened again to promote the line, which eschews minimal no-makeup makeup and embraces all-out glam.

“Our collection with Antonio Lopez is symbolic of a time when indulgence was at its peak,” said James Gager, creative director of MAC Cosmetics. “There was a magic to his world and a time in history that hasn€™t been recaptured; I think people are lusting after that glamour, which is difficult to come by today.”

Lopez himself was deeply entrenched in the fashion world. Together with his collaborator Juan Eugene Ramos, Lopez is credited with discovering Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, Jessica Lange and Tina Chow. Prior to that, he had worked illustrating the work of American couturier Charles James and worked with Karl Lagerfeld in the 1970s. Another significant connection: Lopez introduced Bill Cunningham to photographer David Montgomery, who gave Cunningham his very first camera.

In his work, Lopez was always over-the-top. Throughout his career, his illustrations were always marked with certain characteristics. Girls were highly stylized, with sharp features, bold colors and makeup applied in slashing angles and acid colors such as bright orange, teal and fire engine red.

His work was featured in Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and more, giving both his models and the designers a certain notoriety. Antonio’s girls were always brash and brazen, always done up and never apologetic. In a nutshell, they were the ’70s.

MAC’s Antonio Lopez collection

The MAC Antonio Lopez collection, though inspired by Lopez’s vintage illustrations, is thoroughly modern. For the girl on the go, each item is packaged as a palette bearing a signature Lopez lady. While the images might be a throwback, the makeup isn’t. Expect creamy formulations, easy-to-use colors and the incredible quality that MAC is known for (they’re a makeup artist favorite for a reason).

The eye palettes are separated into three colorways, one neutral and two brights featuring teal and purple. The palettes each combine an array of textures, including mattes and shimmers so you can achieve multiple looks without shuffling around looking for a specific shade. The lips palettes are similarly packaged with each compact combining three colors that you can wear alone or mix together for a custom shade. Go bold with the shades of red or more demure with shades of pink.

The most coveted items are sure to be the face powders, which combine a blush and highlighting powder together with a beauty powder, one of MAC’s most beloved multitasking powerhouses. Use it as an allover powder to set your makeup or use it as bronzer to fake a tan. You can also use it to sculpt and contour the face. In addition to the makeup, the collection also includes several makeup bags and a limited edition powder brush. Whatever your day-to-day beauty routine entails, it never hurts to have the goods to turn out a disco diva look when you need to. Halloween’s just around the corner, after all.

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Monday Muse: Ibiza Inspires Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2015

Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2015

When you think of resort wear, undoubtedly, images of the Amalfi Coast, the beaches of Bora Bora or Ibiza’s nonstop parties come to mind. And while Cali girl Rebecca Minkoff hasn’t actually been to the shores of Ibiza, her latest resort collection drew from the island’s party culture as well as the flip-side: Ibiza’s boho roots.

While it’s a tiny island off the coast of Spain, Ibiza’s known around the world for its nightlife, which still draws droves of partygoers and revelers all year long. But summertime is the high season, and world renowned DJs often stop by the idyllic island for sets at Amnesia or Privilege, two of the island’s most popular clubs. And while the Spanish government is trying to bring more light to the other aspects of Ibiza (Ibiza Town’s port is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), it’ll always be known as an island of revelry and after-dark antics. But there’s another side of the island that Minkoff decided to focus her collection on: the bohemian past that the island had before the EDM started to blare across the waves. The free-spirited resort feel that was seen in whimsical polka-dot prints and airy, gauzy dresses drew from the laid-back enclaves that dot the island (it’s tiny, but Ibiza is still ten times the size of Manhattan).

Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2015

So while party girls will no doubt be drawn to the fishnet tops (worn without a bra under, you’ll be channeling pro partiers Miley Cyrus and Rihanna) and elevated white tank tops that were miles more luxe than your basic boy’s wifebeater.

But because every city girl has a little bit of boho babe in her, Minkoff’s more romantic pieces really stood out. There were fringed bags and grommeted versions of her now-iconic Boston satchel to sate every bag lady out there, and novelty denim (polka-dots, again) that’s sure to be a hit when the designer opens her first stateside boutique this fall in New York’s SoHo. Patterns ran the gamut from abstract floral maxis to polka-dots without the preppy connotations thanks to a more irregular layout. Summer staples such as crop tops, luxe suede rompers and peasant blouses will be a commercial hit, too, especially when girls are looking for next year’s Coachella outfits (the tickets are already selling out, by the way).

And because Minkoff’s all about a complete look, there were updates to her jewelry line (a top seller at Bloomingdale’s, we’re told) as well as shoes. Minkoff’s expanded the line beyond statement-making gladiators and metallic heels to include flats and tasseled loafers with grommetting to match her bags, just in case you were looking to add a little bit of downtown edge to any of her easy, breezy looks.

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