A Saweetie Makeup Line Is Coming

To do so, they’ve collaborated with rapper Saweetie for a line of 24-pan eyeshadow palette, three lip glosses, a six-piece brush and face set and a mini setting spray. Although Morphe has partnered with a number of major influencers in the past including James Charles and Jaclyn Hill, this marks their first collaboration with a musician. “It still has the neutral colors for the people who ain’t trying to be so loud,” she said. Coachella might be cancelled, but Morphe is here to lift your spirits up with an exclusive festival-themed collection. I’m super excited for these colors because they have a hint of sparkle.”The “Backstage With Saweetie” collection drops March 20 and will be available to shop on Morphe.com.Photo via Instagram “So when I’m doing my due diligence in fashion, beauty and music, I’m working towards my goal of being a multi-faceted brand.”

Morphe on Instagram: “Meet #MorpheBabe @saweetie’s 24A Artist Pass Artistry Palette + the platinum collection of amped-up pigments, drippin’ glosses by @saweetie…”
The singer also personally designed each of the products and spoke about the inspiration behind the rainbow eyeshadow palette. Named “Backstage with Saweetie,” the collection is a mix of vibrant neon shades and neutrals to reflect the colorful spirit of music festivals. “But it also has neon colors for those who want to go all out.” As for the purple, pink and yellow lip glosses, she added: I love lip gloss because when you line it the right way and put it on, it just makes your lips look so juicy,” she said. “I like my lips to look juicy and kissable. Related | Saweetie Shows Us Her Type”The women who I aspire to be have their hands in different industries,” Saweetie told Billboard of what inspired her to launch the line.

BeautyCon Has Been Postponed

Meanwhile, BeautyCon Tokyo has been postponed to 2021.All tickets purchased for BeautyCon LA 2020 will be honoured for the new December 5 and 6 dates. “While we are optimistic that COVID-19 will be better understood by summer, many of our partners have been impacted by the delays and closures of their partners throughout Asia and other parts of the world.”

Beautycon on Instagram: “We have an announcement.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our dates will be: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ New York Oct 31st and Nov 1st⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Los Angeles December 5th…”
Since the Coronavirus outbreak, California has cancelled any gatherings of more than 250 people. I mean, even Disneyland has been shut down. New York governor Andrew Cuomo also called for the cancellation of gatherings of more than 500 people at a time. And now, added to the ongoing list is one of the beauty industry’s biggest events — BeautyCon, which announced its postponement.In a recent Instagram post, the BeautyCon team announced that the LA event that was scheduled to take place in August has been rescheduled to December 5 and 6.Related | Four Women Shaking Up the Beauty Industry “Due to COVID-19 concerns and the strong recommendations of our brand partners, talent, consumers and public health officials, we have rescheduled BeautyconLA,” reads the statement. Thanks to Coronavirus, everything is canceled — schools, events, parties, concerts, music festivals, film festivals, Broadway, the NBA. It’ll be interesting to see if this decision affects BeautyCon NY, which is still scheduled to take place in October. BeautyCon usually attracts a crowd of over 20,000. Photo via Getty

Who Owns This Viral Glitter Makeup Moment?

“And it took a minute to put it together that we weren’t being solipsistic and paranoid.”Hennessey has worked in fashion, advertising, and for a prominent music video director, for whom she made treatments. It took an outside eye to make me realize how exact the copy was,” she said. Hennessey, whose resumé incorporates everything from music (she has an eponymous band) to acting (she’s perhaps best known for a satirical YouTube series, beloved in the art world, called Zhe Zhe, and for co-writing and starring in last year’s play Slash), recently put on a limited-run play at MoMA PS1, Star Odyssey, with frequent collaborator Emily Allan. She began watching videos of the Marni show, and says that she also found similarities in the sound design – both feature a whispering voice over thumping beats over alien-like techno, though it’s not an exact match – and their mutual Space Age sets, which both incorporated spaceship-like tinfoil (Star Odyssey’s set was inspired by a recent artist residency in Cern, Switzerland, home to the particle collider). It can be difficult to pinpoint who owns something in fashion – everything starts with something else. And I don’t think any hair or makeup is original, everything has been done before. “Anything adjacent to fashion and the arts is so self-cannibalizing that you get kind of immune to breaches of creative [trust]–you just get kind of used to slightly ripped off all the time, and you know that if you put something out into the world, especially the internet, it’ll be on a moodboard,” she said. On February 21st, Marni creative director Francesco Risso presented an Alice in Wonderland-themed collection in Milan. She just performs the emotional labor of being alone in space,” recording captain’s logs as confessional YouTube vlogs. But I do think that there was some freshness to the look of our play. It was something that only happened three times, there was very limited seating, and it’s something we’d like to take somewhere else. She has made countless moodboards (which, as she notes, sound like a sort of Project Runway parody to a layperson, but are actually essential in creative fields) and is familiar with the way the creative process works, noting that once something is online, you no longer own it. And they would never do that, but that would have been really good for us. A representative from the firm that handled Marni’s set design, Stefman Beckman Studio, said that they were not familiar with Hennessey’s work. Vogue deemed the aesthetic “a fashion week mic drop” and “pure magic.”When New York artist Leah Hennessey was sent images of the show on Instagram, she had a different reaction. But there are some strikingly similar aesthetic choices between Star Odyssey, a small play from emerging artists, and Marni’s expensive show.”As someone who works in fashion and advertising, I know this happens all the time, said Hennessey. And so for me to even make a post about it or even tell anyone about it, I had to have a very clear vision of just how thoroughly and specifically they had copied us.”Related | Winged Eyeliner Has Blessedly ReturnedCrucially, Hennessey isn’t angry (though she, of course, wants credit). When it came to the play’s aesthetic, Hennessey and Allan’s choices were as deeply considered as the writing. And because we didn’t get any press, and because there were not extended clips of the play online, it almost felt like a private affair. There was so little access to it. “And even if we do get press, we are struggling, underground artists. As Hennessey puts it, Quinn, in “true millennial fashion, doesn’t actually do any work. Models sported hair matted down with glitter and paint, sparkles slathered across their foreheads and noses, vivid swaths of eye shadow, and purposefully obvious marks of contour. As Julie Zerbo, attorney and founder of website The Fashion Law, has noted, the line between imitation and inspiration can be hard to judge. A publicist for Marni–the brand’s Milan headquarters have been closed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak–referred us to the Fall/Winter show’s press release, which does not reference the beauty looks or sound design. Her particular breed of practical slash appropriation artist-friendly beliefs run counter to Diet Prada culture, in which referential inspiration made fresh is often denounced in the same breath as blatant copying. @diet_prada”
Star Odyssey is what Hennessey calls a “Star Trek pastiche,” a millennial take on a space narrative in which entire planets are controlled by the likes of Zappo’s, the Fung Wah bus, and Diptyque. “And I’ve worked in many fields where I’ve been the one making moodboards, and I know how that works. And the fact that they said the show was about Alice in Wonderland felt like deliberate obfuscation. Pop culture-centric labels have been accused of copying artists Jimbo Phillips and Rime; Internet artist Brad Troemel kicked up an Instagram storm in 2017 when Russian designer Vika Gazinskaya used images from his “Freecaching” show without permission; in 2015, visual artist Kesh sued Versace after the brand released a suspiciously similar-looking–and far more expensive – version of a t-shirt she had designed for American Apparel. They added that Beckman initially met with Risso on January 24th, ahead of the play’s premiere in New York, and that they both inspired by images of communes in the 1960s, noting differences in the Star Odyssey set (the Marni set did not include this Jetsons-esque coffeemaker). “And we were talking about how to visualize Meno’s sexual obsession with romantic poetry, and how to bring that into an android context.” She hoped to “evoke high romance but make it structural and stiff and robotic.”She began conceptualizing Meno’s look with Martinez and Ibarra by sending them images of a Botticelli’s “Madonna of the Pomegranate,” (“I knew he would know how to approach Botticelli coiffure as an immovable sculpture”) for the hair, and an outtake from David Bowie’s Scary Monsters and Super Freaks album cover shoot and the idea of a Dangerous Liaisons-esque “campy aristocrat” for the makeup. And they’re a big fashion company, and the unevenness of power there is really glaring. Meno, designed to be super-intelligent, has one significant defect in the form of an “aberrant sexuality;” the android can only gain sexual satisfaction through the acquisition of knowledge, mostly surrounding English romantic poetry. They could have easily said that this show was inspired by a cool play at PS1, called Star Odyssey. But a great deal of the buzz surrounding the Fall/Winter 2020 show also centered around its beauty looks, created by the famed Julien D’Ys. And all the decisions we made aesthetically were so informed, and had such meaning to us.Reps for d’Ys have not responded to requests for comment. There are two main characters: Allan’s Captain Quinn, who mans a one-woman ship with the assistance of a HAL-like computer, and Hennessey’s Meno, an android. In addition to the common practice of mega brands like Zara, Fashion Nova, and Gucci drawing inspiration from copying smaller designers (usually those without the money to launch a copyright infringement lawsuit), clothing lines copy artists all the time. She’s just interested in where this conversation leads us next.”I think it’s worth making public not because it upsets me, or I think it’s a violation or anything like that,” she continued. “But it feels sneaky, and it feels sneaky because our play had so little opportunity for exposure. They performed Star Odyssey just three times, the weekend of January 24th, and it received no press coverage. “We were more interested in my being self-consciously an actor, as an android,” said Hennessey. Hennessey was struck by similarities between the hair and makeup from her production, designed in collaboration with hairstylist Mike Martinez and makeup artist Veronica Ibarra, and the look of the Marni models. It seemed like a reference to the clothing, and the fact that they came up with a completely different concept to lay over their collection is what made it seem obvious that it had no meaning to them.”Photos via Getty Martinez had worked on a Margiela show in which the models sported helmet-like heads of glitter, and he worked with Hennessey to change up the technique to make it what she called “romantic and messy.” In an email from Paris Fashion Week, Martinez wrote that he felt it was his job to pull from the Botticelli reference and “add some cosmic flair,” to “give a nod to some of the really graphic shapes from some of those old sci-fi books and films.”Related | Trance Music and Hypnotic Dance Moves at Marni”Marni’s flattened hair and glitter were a close match [to Star Odyssey] as well as the makeup details,” Martinez wrote, calling the parallels in the looks “unnerving.”In a pattern now familiar to many underground and independent creatives who see parallels between their work and that of larger brands, Hennessey said that she started receiving messages from various friends and colleagues noting the similarities between Star Odyssey and Marni soon after the show. The clothes, patchworked leather and calico, were roundly praised – Risso has been widely credited with breathing new life into the storied house since he became its creative director in 2016. Leah Hennessey on Instagram: “Love that someone at @marni made it to see our play #starodyssey at @momaps1 – WOW!