- CORRECTION: 1/13/2011 — The promotional pictures in this post have been replaced with color corrected versions provided by Dolce & Gabbana.
I wonder what Lewis Carroll would have thought about the secret garden of pink Post-It notes that decorate my desk…
…and my notebook.
Of course, the note’s totally unnecessary, because there’s no way I’m going to forget about the new 12-piece Dolce & Gabbana Secret Garden collection for eyes, nails, face and lips. When it hops into town this spring, I’ll need a fainting couch to catch me when I fall (in love).
The colors look so bright and authentically springy that I can almost smell fresh-cut grass and sunshine when I look at them (I swear I can smell the sunshine).
But the story behind the collection, according to Dolce, is one of mystery…
“With Secret Garden, we wanted to provide a kind of privileged information — or a secret formula — for the women we love so much, so she could effortlessly achieve that illusive look of intrigue that all women crave.”
I haven’t quite figured out the mystery angle yet, but designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana say they played with the idea of a hidden paradise in which a mythical, delicate beauty seduces the senses.
Perhaps she’s wearing a flower-print dress to a garden party. Yes, I think I can see her now. She’s walking barefoot across a large lawn of vivid green grass. I don’t know who she is, but I feel like I should go to her.
“The aura of romance — the intoxicating wild flowers, the soft pastels — is such an integral part of our heritage and our aesthetic. The creation of Spring 2011 was almost subliminal; it came directly from our hearts. It gave us so much pleasure to make something so special for the Dolce & Gabbana woman we known so intimately. Secret Garden is meant to be a key to her innermost soul, very personal, very private, and of course, extremely seductive.”
Here, warm nudes contrast with cooler neutrals, and pastels against brights, and there’s a strong focus on the eyes, with lavendar, green, gray, blue and cream eyeshadows, and lilac and white liners to define the lash line.
There’s a brand new Illuminator in a shade called Eva, along with a repromoted Blush in Delight. They should lend a lovely warm sheen to cheeks and faces. Lips are treated to voluptuous shades of mauve, red and pink, while nails get a shimmery green lacquer to complete the overall look.
“I love the Secret Garden palette; It’s such a daring take on nudes and neutrals — and the pastels, while muted, are full of radiant color. The look is very now — luminous barely-there beauty — but it encompasses what Domenico and Stefano have always done so well — treating a classic facet of femininity in a radical way that doesn’t read radical, but reads unique, gorgeous and so sexy.”
Several luxury lines have been playing with shimmer and sheen finishes, and we should see a little bit of that in Secret Garden, too. But instead of the soft pearly glows like the ones over at Dior and Chanel, expect to see tone-on-tone shifts of color, where lustrous, duochrome shades transform in the light.
Now, kick off your sandals, young lady, and walk with me while we take an early look at Secret Garden.
Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Eden
Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Romance 120
Crayon Intense in White
Crayon Intense in Lilac
Illuminator in Eva
Shine Lipstick in Romance (left) and Love (right)
Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Secret (left) and Bon Bon (right)
Intense Nail Lacquer in Platinum
The Dolce & Gabbana Secret Garden Collectionâ€¦
- Shine Lipstick in Romance (new)
- Shine Lipstick in Love (new)
- Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Secret (new)
- Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Bon Bon (new)
- Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Eden ($59, new)
- Smooth Eye Colour Duo in Romance ($36, new)
- Crayon Intense in White (new)
- Crayon Intense in Lilac (new)
- Volumized Lashes in Black (repromote)
- Illuminator in Eva 3 (new)
- Luminous Cheek Colour in Delight (repromote)
- Intense Nail Lacquer in Platinum (new)
* Not shown, the repromoted blush and mascara
Stay tuned for more details coming soon…
The Dolce & Gabbana Secret Garden collection arrives at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and online this spring.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,