The Bobbi Brown x L'Wren Scott Amnesia Rose collection is inspired by the amnesia roses that Scott grows at her Loire Valley chateau (ooh, fancy). It features four lipsticks and a beautiful eye and lip palette in sumptuous shades of rose, pink, lilac, and mauve. Brown unveiled the colors backstage at Scott's Spring 2014 show during London Fashion Week, and we've been waiting very impatiently ever since to get our grubby little mitts on these gorgeous hues.
The collection formally launches in February, but we've got your sneak peek of the products right here. Keep clicking to see the palette, complete with a frame-worthy impressionistic sketch of the stunning Scott. And, as a special treat, we've also snagged a Q&A the brand conducted with the designer. Read on for her insightful thoughts on beauty, anti-aging, and collaborating with the legendary makeup artist.
Bobbi Brown x L'Wren Scott Lip Color in Cosmic Lily, Wine, Vintage Red, and Heather Mauve; $28 each; available in February at Bobbi Brown.
"The amnesia rose is my signature rose, and grows at my chateau in the Loire Valley. When Bobbi came to London to work on my debut show in London, in Spring 2013, I sent her a big bunch of these roses after the show, and said I was already working on the next collection and we should consider creating a palette for it.
"A couple of weeks later, I flew to New York and we worked on the colors together. I wanted a pale matte grey and a pretty silver lilac sparkle shadow for sensual, bright smoky eyes, then a darker purple to create a more sultry look for evening. Then there are pretty, soft, shimmery pinks and nudes in between to add feminine drama.
"I am crazy about the four creamy matte lip stains – and the rose-gold casing is just divine. The dark wine color is sensual and dramatic, and my models wore it in the show in September. The Vintage Red is a true classic red, that is a go-to shade whenever you need that ‘trick up my sleeve’ moment. The Cosmic Lily is a really pretty, feminine pink and there isn’t a skin tone it doesn’t look great on. And the Heather Mauve is a paler beige that is fabulous for every day."
What defines a beautiful woman?
"It comes from the person — it is her soul. Confidence is something that really makes a woman beautiful. When someone feels confident, she shines. When I do my job as a designer, I focus on building confidence, so she feels fabulous in a dress and feels easy going out walking tall. I think that’s very much in line with the Bobbi Brown philosophy: She sees beauty in every woman and helps her bring out the best in her."
How has your beauty routine evolved over the years?
"I think when you are young and you don’t really need makeup, you wear too much: I couldn’t get enough of it in my teens. Then, in my twenties, I hardly wore it. I didn’t wear foundation until I was about 35. I like to have a simple, accessible makeup bag. I like a palette with a big mirror so I can apply makeup on the move. I developed the Amnesia Rose palette with Bobbi as a real example of the kind of capsule collection that I carry with me every day. We have put a Pot Rouge in there, as I love that multi-tasking product. The eye colors can be used for day wear; then add the purple for evening, so it’s easy to adapt as your schedule moves on."
How do you feel about the aging process and the pressure on women to stay looking youthful?
"As a teenager I cried a lot because kids were making fun of me because I was super tall and gawky. I remember complaining that my mother didn’t understand my plight, because she was 5'1", but I couldn’t see that everyone is different and has their own insecurities, however old they are.
"My mother said to me then that she was 'the same person inside as she was at 17.' I didn’t really understand what she meant until I was about 30, when I realized I still felt the same inside as I did as a teenager. Aging is a state of mind. As you get older, you have more experiences and it’s exciting to learn from that. Life is an education. The only person who can make you feel good or bad about yourself is you, so your mental and physical well-being are really important."
Bobbi Brown x L'Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette, $68, available in February at Bobbi Brown.
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