Designer Giambattista Valli Dishes on His New MAC Lipstick Collection

Giambattista Valli is launching a set of lipsticks for MAC on July 9. (Picture: MAC)

Giambattista Valli is the most recent designer to collaborate with MAC, and his obsession with colours and flowers offered the proper basis for an beautiful new assortment of lipsticks. This yr, the Paris-based “it” designer who’s dressed everybody from Amal Clooney to Rihanna is celebrating 10 years of his self-titled trend home in addition to a decade partnering with MAC on his runway reveals. In honor of this event, Valli has created 5 vibrant matte lipsticks and a transparent gloss to rework the lipsticks into — you guessed it —10 completely different combos. Additionally large information: For the primary time ever, MAC has color-matched the packaging to the lipstick bullets, so you realize precisely which tube you’re grabbing. We sat down with Valli to debate his latest creations. You should definitely scoop them up on July 9.

Joanna Douglas: The very first thing I seen was the packaging matches the lipsticks. I haven’t seen that at MAC earlier than. Is that one thing that you simply actually needed to make occur?

Giambattista Valli: Sure, as a result of I believe it’s sensible if you put it in your bag and you’ll acknowledge straight away the colours that you simply wish to put in your lips. You don’t need to open and verify.

When did you begin working with MAC?

The start of my story was 10 years in the past, once I began my first present. We had been on from the very starting. 

How did that evolve into saying “I would like my very own assortment with MAC”?

We needed to do one thing collectable for the 10 years of Giambattista Valli — we thought it could be good to have a collaboration and do one thing impactful. Lipstick can actually nearly change a persona or the face of a girl. My collections are all the time colourful. It’s my signature level. I’m not afraid about colours, flowers, patterns. All people has his personal id. There are some designers which might be recognized only for the black.

Giambattista Valli x MAC lipsticks will promote for $18 every. (Picture: MAC)

What was your thought course of on these shades?

Fetish colours are all of the reds and pinks — they had been telling the timeless story of Giambattista Valli. So I stated to myself, “It will be very good to decorate your lips in Giambattista Valli and have these colours on it.” After which, I needed to place these two reverse attitudes:  One thing extraordinarily matte, nearly pigmented, that’s very up to date, trendy, and graphic, after which on the similar time one thing very enjoyable. So the identical matte coloration you possibly can flip it into one thing extra pop and do it shiny.

What do you hope to attain with the gathering? Do you wish to make your model extra accessible?

I believe it was the chance to gather a Giambattista Valli piece for everyone. It’s one thing that may actually renovate your wardrobe, actually modify the colours on the lips. It combines each of us as a result of it’s a collaboration, however it’s very completely different from MAC — that form of Parisian sophistication of high fashion and all the pieces. MAC is extra dynamic and pop, so it’s additionally to draw even different prospects. And for me, to satisfy new folks in the home. I believe each time any individual new chooses you and likes what you do it’s like a brand new pal in the home.

Giambattista Valli for MAC. From left to proper: Lipstick in Bianca B, Margherita, Tats, Charlotte, Eugenie ($18 every), Crystal Glaze Gloss in Lena ($23) (Picture: MAC)

Do you know that you simply needed to do 5 lipsticks? Had been you deciding between a few shades?
Sure. It’s 10 years, so you have got 5 colours, however then with this [gloss] it turns into 10.

Intelligent. How did you provide you with that idea of layering them?

I like opposites. I like the concept with one you are able to do two seems. And simply the gloss with pure lips, I believe is gorgeous too. And the gloss you should utilize it even typically up in your eyes, and have that form of pure look.

It’s nearly like layering your garments.

Sure, you possibly can play with it, it’s like that prime you possibly can put on it over a pencil skirt or ball robe or you possibly can put on it with a pair of denims and flats on. It is determined by your persona, how you’ll interpret it.

Was there any backwards and forwards on the colours?

We began with loads, however then little by little we went by means of them. All the women in my studio had been very useful. I examined some on them, it was very nice. I like to see reactions from actual ladies on the finish, you realize. It’s you who’s going to put on it.

Giambattista Valli take a bow at Spring 2015 Paris Style Week Haute Couture in January. (Picture: Getty Photographs)

Is there one shade that you simply notably gravitate in direction of?

I can’t say. It is determined by the girl. In the event you gave me like a line of women I might let you know which one will go well with higher than the opposite one!

Are the colours alleged to match your clothes? A few of your attire are a really shut match.  

Sure, as a result of they arrive from items of the materials. I went by means of all of the reds, all of the pinks, and all of the tones that had been used up to now and we put all of it collectively.

Currently I’ve seen many actresses matching their lipstick to their attire on the purple carpet. Do you counsel doing that?

It is determined by the angle, it is determined by when you’re large, when you’re brief. I believe the make-up is strictly proportional with costume. All the pieces can go well with all people, however it is determined by the proportion.

Rihanna wore a Giambattista Valli robe to the Grammys this yr. (Picture: Getty Photographs)

How do you’re employed with the wonder groups to include your trend imaginative and prescient into the make-up search for a runway present or a marketing campaign?

I make garments however then once I do a trend present for instance, I want to visualise the actress that’s going to put on my garments. Is she passionate? Perhaps she is in love and she or he is kissing, so most likely she has vivid lips. Or if she is extra summary, it’s simply in regards to the gentle and the face, for instance. However I like this sort of easy angle on the finish. It’s predominant in my imaginative and prescient of the girl.

For a lady sporting one in every of these daring shades on her lips, what do you assume ought to be taking place on the remainder of her face?

Simply lovely pores and skin, that’s it. A phenomenal texture of the pores and skin.

Are there any particular actresses or ladies you’d like to see sporting these colours?
The largest amount as attainable everywhere in the world! [Laughs] That’s the profitable factor. It’s not now me selecting them, it’s them selecting me. I want one of the best for MAC and for me.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o wore Giambattisa Valli to the Golden Globes this yr (Picture: Getty Photographs)

And for the evolution of your trend model, there are tons of traits taking place. How do you keep present however nonetheless true to your self by way of designing?

As a result of I’m any individual that experiments with model and time. I experiment [while] being devoted to me and being devoted to the girl that I wish to costume.


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