Photo Study: Herb Ritts

I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I…

I didn’t consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. I came from the country, and by the time I got to London.

Even though I’m not religious, I’ve always had an appreciation for religious art and iconography—it’s actually very interesting when you read a bit into it. There’s so many things to interpret, not to mention, these works of art tend to be stunning. I’ve always loved the depiction of a weeping Mary, and wanted to recreate it. Makeup artists have done this weeping look before, remember when Pat McGrath did it for Rihanna in W? Super inspiring! Here’s my take on it:

Clockwise from top left: Skinshow Divine Glow, Entrapment, Blaze Bronze, Rose Gold 005, VR Fire Opal, Astral Luna Gold

The Mothership V: Bronze Seduction palette has the warmest color scheme of the five releases, and even though this palette has some pretty intense shades, it was the one that felt the most ‘wearable’, and that I felt I could get the most use from on a regular basis. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live. I love to design things that people can actually buy. I’m staggered by what a boot costs today. The key to my collections is sensuality. We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny.

Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last. Men don’t want another man to look at their woman because they don’t know how to handle it. 

So, that was my first go with the palette, and I had an actual blast playing with it. It reminded of me of being a kid, and getting a fresh box of crayons—do you remember how great and exciting that was? I literally didn’t realize how much I was missing out, not just with Pat McGrath’s makeup, but with makeup in general.

Even if I’m only creating these looks at 11pm to start out, it’ll be worth it to have an hour or so where I’m just able to have my mind on something other than how much work I have to do, or how tired I am.

I’ve been doing the least lately, and this fiery, bronzy palette was just what I needed to inspire me to get back to using color, and to get back to having fun! It was so dope to zone out for a bit, and come back to life looking like a Phoenix.

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