Sunday, November 14, 2010

Allure and Barneys Present: Red Lipstick Panel

On a chilly day last week, I attended the Allure+Barney's " What is the meaning of Lipstick?" panel that featured Poppy King, Founder and CEO of Lipstick Queen, Sue Devitt, Founder and President of Sue Devitt, Carisa Janes, Founder and CEO of Hourglass and Terry De Gunzburg, Owner and Creator of By Terry. The panel was moderated by Allure's Editor in Chief, Linda Wells and the subject was nothing short of AMAZING!
So What is the meaning of lipstick? The subject brought out so many different contexts that aligned from how women felt in different eras in the US, the powerful 80's, statement lips of the 40's to the global social impact of women wearing red, in Asia at one time, it was forbidden.
The panel took us through why there has been a boom in the nude or natural lip color and also why we women have a hard time finding the right red.

Overall, the panel was great- hearing Linda Wells speak was fantastic. The highlight for me was hearing the passion of Poppy King! She is the red lipstick guru and she has this unsurmountable knowledge of lipsticks and their social implications. Terry De Gunzberg spoke about the technology of products, why some brands ( her's included ) are luxury- the technology put into the product! Afterall, this is coming from the women who helped invent YSL's Touche Eclat after working for YSL beaute for over 30 years! Sue Devitt spoke to how different markets appeal to different consumers and how the US is a huge color cosmetic market but Asia is focused on skincare.

I was blown away by all the knowledge and will have a special surprise for you all this week stemming from this event so stay tuned!

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