Mert & Marcus team up with Lancome on make-up collection

Fashion photographers Mert & Marcus are partnering with the team at Lancome on a beauty line.Since launching their business in the mid-1990s, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott have snapped some of the world’s top models and celebrities for editorials and ca…

Fashion photographers Mert & Marcus are partnering with the team at Lancome on a beauty line.

Since launching their business in the mid-1990s, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott have snapped some of the world’s top models and celebrities for editorials and campaigns.

Now, the duo is putting their knowledge to work for a new collaboration with bosses at the French cosmetics giant on a capsule collection.

“We were never really interested in beauty in its original form,” they said. “Somehow, what excited us over the past 26 years, was transforming and creating characters with light, make-up, and stories, and this is what we tried to achieve with this collection.”

The Lancome x Mert & Marcus After Dark Collection includes the Eyes Cold as Ice Kit, four shades of Transforming Liquid Eyeshadow, the Flaming Lips Lip Kit, the After Dark Eyeshadow Palette, and the Teint Idole Ultra Duo Stick. There are also three fiery hues of L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick.

Accordingly, Francoise Lehmann, Lancome brand president, is thrilled with the final result.

“Working with such talented and exceptional personalities like Mert & Marcus has been an exhilarating and passionate adventure. Mert & Marcus are not only brilliant artists and renowned photographers, but they are also incredible beauty experts,” she commented. “I am extremely proud of this collaboration, the visual universe they have created and the innovative textures.”

Prices and an official launch date have not yet been announced.

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Cher releases first new fragrance in three decades

Cher has finally unveiled her new fragrance.The superstar has been working on her latest scent with master perfumers for several years and announced in May that she was gearing up to launch the product, having last made a foray into the fragrance indus…

Cher has finally unveiled her new fragrance.

The superstar has been working on her latest scent with master perfumers for several years and announced in May that she was gearing up to launch the product, having last made a foray into the fragrance industry back in 1987.

Now, Cher has released the perfume, named Eau de Couture by Cher.

“For me, a great perfume triggers excitement, emotion, and memories,” she said. “When I wear Cher Eau de Couture, I feel sexy, warm and ready for anything. The process of creating my own fragrance was very personal. Now that it’s completed, I hand it out to the universe, and I know everyone who wears it will create their own excitement… and amazing memories.”

Eau de Couture has top notes of bergamot, clove, and neroli, heart notes of jasmine, rose, and orange flower, as well as base notes of vetiver, sandalwood, and vanilla orchid.

In the accompanying campaign, Cher is seen posing in a black outfit, with an image of the blue perfume bottled overlaid on top. Top fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot.

Speaking about the unisex scent in an interview with WWD, Cher described it as warm and “very touchy-feely”.

“It makes you want to hold onto yourself,” the 73-year-old insisted. “We’ve come a long, long way since I first put out a perfume, so I really do believe this is genderless.

“I (made) it for people who love perfume or people who want to smell good, people who feel that it’s part of who they are.”

Cher Eau de Couture is now available to buy from the Scent Beauty website. A 50ml bottle is priced at $85 (£65).

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Carla Bruni had a ‘fabulous’ time shooting Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign

Carla Bruni was “thrilled” when Riccardo Tisci asked her to appear in Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign.The Italian-French model was one of the most sought-after names in the industry throughout the ’90s but has taken a step back from fashion in recent …

Carla Bruni was “thrilled” when Riccardo Tisci asked her to appear in Burberry’s 2019 holiday campaign.

The Italian-French model was one of the most sought-after names in the industry throughout the ’90s but has taken a step back from fashion in recent years and is now mostly focused on her music career.

However, Bruni recently agreed to star in Burberry creative director Tisci’s debut Christmas imagery for the British heritage brand, with the photoshoot also featuring Fran Summers, Sasha Pivovarova, and Marina Morena.

“I love the concept of the campaign – this big group of different people coming together,” she said. “I had a fabulous time with Riccardo and was thrilled to find myself behind the lens of Mert and Marcus again. On set, Riccardo gave me this feeling of freedom and modernity – his talent is beyond words. You can see that he has this profound and precious knowledge of fashion, and has this simplistic way of using the past to invent the future.”

Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot, with Bruni seen posing in a white jumpsuit alongside Santa Claus in one shot, and with professional soccer player Ruben Loftus-Cheek in another. The 51-year-old also appears in the accompanying video advertisement which shows a group of models and Burberry brand ambassadors dancing to Deee-Lite song What Is Love?

Elsewhere, Mert and Marcus gushed over their time on set.

“It was a real pleasure working on this project for Burberry,” they commented. “Working with Riccardo is about connection, it’s about the back and forth of discussing creative ideas and it’s this that makes our jobs even more interesting and exciting. We have been friends for many years, so I guess we know each other’s sensibilities – there are always a lot of laughs!”

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Riccardo Tisci drops first holiday campaign for Burberry

Riccardo Tisci has tapped a diverse cast of models to appear in his 2019 holiday campaign for Burberry.The British heritage brand’s creative director took to Instagram on Wednesday to drop the first snaps from the marketing imagery, which is titled, “W…

Riccardo Tisci has tapped a diverse cast of models to appear in his 2019 holiday campaign for Burberry.

The British heritage brand’s creative director took to Instagram on Wednesday to drop the first snaps from the marketing imagery, which is titled, “What is Love?”

Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott helmed the photoshoot, with one snap showing models Zhou Dongyu, Kristians Jakovlevs, Mahmood, Boychild, Shay, Yoo Ah-in, and Fran Summers posing in suits and party-ready attire. In an accompanying video, the group also dances along to Deee-Lite song What Is Love?

“Love is… my family, my friends, those who know me for me and those who stand for what they believe in our new campaign for #Burberryfestive brings this to life,” Tisci wrote in the caption. “Thank you Mert and Marcus and all the teams and cast, it was a dream come true to create this campaign.”

The campaign marks Tisci’s first holiday photoshoot for the brand. Other images from the campaign feature supermodel Carla Bruni, Ikram Abdi Omar, Lea T, Wu Tsang, Cecilia Chancellor, Sasha Pivovarova, Marina Morena, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

“I am connected to the idea of unity, togetherness and challenging the perception of what love is today. This for me is the real spirit of the season,” the 45-year-old added. “It’s one of my favourite times of the year – when I can stop, reflect and reconnect with those who make me feel happy and at home, no matter where I am in the world. I loved the idea of bringing together a group of people that have been so supportive of me since I joined Burberry to celebrate my first holiday campaign for the house.”

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Stella Maxwell and Liam Payne star in racy Hugo Boss campaign

Stella Maxwell and Liam Payne have stripped off for a racy new Hugo Boss underwear campaign.Former One Direction star Liam was announced as a celebrity brand ambassador for the German fashion house back in May, and a short time later, unveiled his debu…

Stella Maxwell and Liam Payne have stripped off for a racy new Hugo Boss underwear campaign.

Former One Direction star Liam was announced as a celebrity brand ambassador for the German fashion house back in May, and a short time later, unveiled his debut Hugo x Liam Payne line.

Now, Liam has teamed up with bosses at Hugo on another campaign, this time to promote a range of bodywear, with the imagery shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

One snap shows the singer lying on a bed in just his underwear with Stella behind him completely nude, with just a sheet protecting her modesty, while another photo depicts Liam naked with the topless model on top of him.

And the British singer has admitted he required a little liquid courage in preparation for the risque photoshoot.

“There was a lot of tequila involved for this shoot,” he said in an interview with GQ Hype magazine. “(The photoshoot) ended up being a lot more naked than I thought it was – and for her as well. She was also naked. And I was just, you know, ‘Don’t look!’ She was naked behind me and I was thinking, ‘Liam, don’t look whatever you do.'”

However, Liam also confessed that his mother wasn’t immediately pleased when she first saw the provocative pictures.

“It was a lot of fun to shoot but my mum wasn’t best pleased. There’s this really raunchy shot of me and Stella, and I showed my mum,” the 26-year-old smiled. “She took one look at it and gave me a clip round the ear. All I was thinking was, ‘I better not tell her about the London buses!'”

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Kate Moss and Joan Smalls star in Messika campaign

Kate Moss and Joan Smalls are starring in the new campaign for jewellery brand Messika.The supermodels have been tapped by the company’s Valerie Messika to front the imagery for the Lucky Move collection, with Dutch actress/model Sylvia Hoeks also appe…

Kate Moss and Joan Smalls are starring in the new campaign for jewellery brand Messika.

The supermodels have been tapped by the company’s Valerie Messika to front the imagery for the Lucky Move collection, with Dutch actress/model Sylvia Hoeks also appearing.

Shot by famed photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the trio is seen posing in leather outfits while showing off the fine jewellery pieces.

“They are strong women who breathe their own style into jewellery,” a Messika spokesperson said. “They influence diamonds and not the other way around. This is, in fact, the main characteristic of Messika’s jewellery.”

The Lucky Move line is comprised of “medallions that act as lucky charms, talismans”, with many pendants able to be engraved with names, dates or sweet messages on one side. There is also a Small Medallion, which features diamonds in motion, rounded shapes and micro-pave settings, the Large Medallion, and the Bubble Set.

And while Valerie is pleased to have Joan and Sylvia on board, she is particularly thrilled to be working with 45-year-old fashion icon Kate.

“Kate Moss is an icon in the fashion industry. She symbolises everything I love – edgy, bold, daring, a woman,” she added.

Model Gigi Hadid has previously collaborated with designers at Messika on limited-edition collections.

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Bella Hadid and Adut Akech front Missoni’s fall 19 campaign

Bella Hadid and Adut Akech are fronting the campaign for Missoni’s fall/winter 2019 collection.The two models travelled to the surreal volcanic landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey for the photoshoot, which was helmed by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus P…

Bella Hadid and Adut Akech are fronting the campaign for Missoni’s fall/winter 2019 collection.

The two models travelled to the surreal volcanic landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey for the photoshoot, which was helmed by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott under the creative direction of the Italian brand’s artistic director Angela Missoni and stylists Vanessa Reid and Mobolaji Dawodu.

“Geometric forms, sophisticated monochromatic hues, supernatural apparitions silhouetted against the terrain and intergalactic travellers,” a Missoni brand rep captioned a snap of Hadid and Akech on Instagram.

The low-angle shot shows the models posing in front of a rocky terrain with blue sky in the background while sporting colour blocked knitted garments and large, geometric earrings.

A single snap depicts Akech wearing a jumpsuit made from Missoni’s signature knitted fabric, while a group shot includes Hadid alongside male model Alton Mason.

And Akech appeared to be thrilled with the final result, as she shared a gushing post on Instagram alongside a series of images from the campaign.

“Excited for the new @missoni FW19 campaign shot by my sweethearts @mertalas @macpiggott in turkey,” the 19-year-old wrote. “@missbrunello (Angela Missoni) and your entire team thank you for having me and for an unforgettable trip to the beautiful city of Cappadocia Turkey I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ll never forget. I’m so lucky I got to shoot this campaign with some of my favourite people ever. Thank you to everyone that worked so hard on and offset you guys were the absolute dream team!”

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Luke Evans fronts Versace eyewear campaign

Luke Evans is starring in Versace’s new eyewear campaign. The Beauty and the Beast actor, who has previously fronted a charity campaign for jewellery designer Bulgari and promotional material for alcohol brand Stella Artois, has been tapped to model …

Luke Evans is starring in Versace’s new eyewear campaign.

The Beauty and the Beast actor, who has previously fronted a charity campaign for jewellery designer Bulgari and promotional material for alcohol brand Stella Artois, has been tapped to model the Italian fashion house’s latest range of eyewear.

In one of the images, shot by famed photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the Welshman can be seen wearing metal-rimmed glasses while dressed in a pink shirt and patterned jacket. In other images, he can be seen wearing a skintight bright green T-shirt while modelling mirrored aviator sunglasses and sporting gold-rimmed sunglasses while wearing a jacket and no top underneath.

“Super Excited to show you guys an exclusive image from the new #VersaceEyewear collection,” the 40-year-old wrote on Instagram besides one of the pictures. “Thank you to my friend @donatella_versace for the experience!! Images by the immensely talented beauties @mertalas and @macpiggott.”

Evans is a friend of the Versace house and its boss Donatella Versace. He presented Donatella with the Designer of the Year prize at the 2018 GQ Awards and supported the brand at Milan Fashion Week in January.

“A true gentleman, with style and culture, funny and talented and – obviously – devilishly handsome and sexy. He is charming on so many levels, but the most important one is the fact that he is real,” the fashion designer said of Evans in a statement.

“With time, I also discovered his great heart and incredible generosity… We met for the first time more or less a year ago at an event and it was love at first sight. I was charmed not only by his looks, but mostly by what he had to say. This is why when the time came to choose a man for the new Versace Eyewear campaign, I did not have any doubt that it had to be him.”

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Kate Moss fronts first-ever Giorgio Armani campaign

Legendary supermodel Kate Moss has marked a fashion first by teaming up with with Giorgio Armani.The 45-year-old sports a sleek, straight, fringed bob in a light shade of blonde in the black-and-white and colour images, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Pig…

Legendary supermodel Kate Moss has marked a fashion first by teaming up with with Giorgio Armani.

The 45-year-old sports a sleek, straight, fringed bob in a light shade of blonde in the black-and-white and colour images, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Moss sizzles in pieces from the Italian designer’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection, which is themed around Rhapsody in Blue, the 1924 musical composition by the American composer George Gershwin.

The set is minimal, with a focus on the clothes and on Moss, who appears alongside male models Daisuke Ueda and Thijs Stenneberg wearing the label’s men’s line.

“A first-time interpreter of the Armani style to which her feisty, free-spirited sensual presence is brought to bear, Kate Moss stands out as a woman of singular beauty, whose personality and energy decisively set her apart from the fleeting fads of the moment,” the label said in a statement.

Unveiling the collection in his first co-ed runway show at his Silos museum in Milan back in February, Armani declared it was “time for elegance again”.

Jodhpurs, velvet pants, and pleated silk trousers were the baselines for women, alongside short jackets cut close to the body, abstract watery-blue photo print blouses and shiny satin draped blousons.

Catwalk queen Moss recently celebrated becoming British Vogue’s cover star for the 40th time, and posed for three special images for the fashion bible in April.

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Kendall Jenner wows in ‘dream’ Vogue Italia photoshoot

Kendall Jenner has described her new shoot for Vogue Italia as a “dream come true”.The model, who has recently landed campaigns for Stuart Weitzman and Proactiv, took to Instagram on Sunday (03Feb19) to share an image of her cover shoot for the Februar…

Kendall Jenner has described her new shoot for Vogue Italia as a “dream come true”.

The model, who has recently landed campaigns for Stuart Weitzman and Proactiv, took to Instagram on Sunday (03Feb19) to share an image of her cover shoot for the February 2019 issue of the Italian fashion magazine, which was titled “OSSESSIONE (Obsession). The many faces of Kendall.”

In the picture, Kendall is seen posing in a sheer pastel-coloured top with a slick of light blue eyeshadow on her eyelids, and in the accompanying caption, she thanked Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco and photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for working with her on the project.

“DRAMA. my @vogueitalia Feb. cover by @mertalas & @macpiggott !! one of my favourite shoots I’ve ever done! can’t wait for you guys to see the rest (sic),” she wrote. “Dream come true! OSSESSIONE.”

Inside the magazine, Kendall stars in a number of photos, including one in which she is seen staring into a mirror in a red-lit bathroom as she reads a love letter, while in another shot, the 23-year-old poses on a bed while sporting a green and purple patterned Mulberry dress.

However, the snap which is garnering the most buzz is a photo of her standing in a doorway, wearing nothing but yellow gloves, knee-high pantyhose and white platform heels.

There is also a series of moody snaps depicting the Keeping Up with the Kardashians personality sitting in lingerie in a bathtub, talking on a phone while gazing out a window and walking outside in the dead of the night.

In addition, Mert and Marcus shot in a video to go along with the magazine shoot.

“This short film sees the supermodel as the protagonist of a journey set behind the backdrop of great Italian cinema. Scene after scene, we observe Kendall transform from femme fatale to girl next door, from bride to girl with suitcase,” a spokesperson for the magazine commented of the concept.

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