To celebrate the first anniversary of Rouge In Love and Vernis In Love, Lancôme has collaborated with Olympia Le-Tan to introduce 100 special edition pieces of the designer’s famous accessories.
Like her previous creations, these limited edition minaudières – chic substitutes for evening bags – exemplify her passion for embroidery and literature.
I wanted to design the cover of an imaginary novel called ‘Rouge In Love’. My idea was to create a ‘mise-en-abyme’, a book within a book. It is held by two hands with painted nails and surrounded by little red and violet lips that seem to dance around. I love drawing lips, so it was the perfect opportunity… The clasp and side, instead of having a gold finish like my other designs, are silver, like a mirror. Perfect to look into during the evening if you want to touch up your make-up.
– Olympia Le-Tan
Of the 100 pieces, only one is available in Singapore but it’s not for sale. See below to see how you can win it. ;)
Each minaudière bag requires 18 hours of work. The cases are embroidered entirely by hand, using the two stitches Le-Tan’s grandmother taught her: the chain stitch (regular loops) and the stem stitch (twisted loops). They are then embellished with felt, fabric and thread.
Lastly, they are finished with her signature woven label bearing the words ‘Handmade with love in France’. Interestingly, the red and white rectangular fabric pieces she uses for the labels are a vestige of her childhood – they come from an item of clothing she used to wear as a little girl. How charming! :)
Ensconced within the clutch are 6 iconic shades of Rouge In Love and Vernis In Love, including Le-Tan’s favourites.
Rouge In Love:
155B Miss Coquelicot
167N Rouge Rendez-Vous
377N Jolie Rosalie
351M Perles de Rosée
360B Rose Boudoir
375B Bold Fushia
Jolie Rosalie, with its touch of blue that flatters all complexions, followed by Rouge Rendez-Vous, a subtle rosy pink, and Miss Coquelicot with a hint of orange that instantly livens up the face. Then come the most essential pinks in the collection: the tender Rose Boudoir, the highly charged Bold Fushia, and Perles de Rosée, a colour as delicate as the dawn sky.
Vernis In Love
105M Corail In Love
154M Miss Coquelicot
112B Rouge In Love
375B Rose Boudoir
300M Rose Plumetis
441N Midnight Rose
We begin with the star reds: the cult Rouge In Love, accompanied by Miss Coquelicot, an exquisitely deep shade. A touch of tenderness comes from Corail In Love and Rose Plumetis, the first with its gentle hint of orange, the second with its subtle, fresh shade of candy pink. Lastly, the electrifying deep pinks: Rose Boudoir, a flashy fuchsia, and Midnight Rose, a crimson with all the mystery of the midnight hour.
To stand a chance to win this exclusive coffret valued at US$1500, you’ll need to write a short piece describing a moment in love (fictional or real-life), using not more than 350 words.
Submit this personal/fictional account to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, NRIC and mobile number. The winner will be announced on 22 March 2013 via the Lancôme Singapore Facebook Page.
The closing date is this Friday (15 March 2013), so get to it now! ;) Good luck!