5 Designers Collaborating With Beauty Instead of Fast Fashion

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Some designers refuse to collaborate at allOthers partner up with every fashion-related endeavor under the sun.  But some fashion industry denizens are taking an out-of-the-box approach to creative partnerships, bringing their style know-how to the beauty industry instead of, say, the realm of fast fashion.  Design for your wardrobe, design for your face — the correlation makes sense.  Let’s take a look at five fashion industry figures who’ve made the leap into beauty:

 Lipsticks from Tom Ford Beauty, a line that grew out of a collaboration with Estée Lauder.

1.  Tom Ford for Estée Lauder:  With his original 2005 Estée Lauder collaboration, the former Gucci creative director kicked off a small wave of designer-beauty brand partnerships.  Tom Ford for Estée Lauder was short-lived, however, and intentionally so — the beauty giant turned the collection into a permanent, standalone Tom Ford beauty line in 2006.

A preview of designer Gareth Pugh’s forthcoming collection with MAC Cosmetics.

2.  Gareth Pugh for MAC:  Pugh, the fashion-forward Lady Gaga designer favorite, admits that even he uses MAC Cosmetics, so a partnership with the beauty brand seems natural.  Not that there’s anything natural-looking about the upcoming 18-piece collection — Pugh’s dark and stormy aesthetic has been translated into an array of dark pigments and angular packaging.  The limited-edition line will be available from November 23 to December 23.

3.  Ksubi for Kiehl’s:  Old-school American beauty company Kiehl’s has made it a habit to shake up their packaging on a yearly basis with limited edition styles from various fashion labels.  This year, they’re offering a look from denim mainstay Ksubi.  (Past years have included Sass & Bide and swimwear line Zimmermann.)

Karl Lagerfeld’s new mini-collection for Sephora also includes…a Karl doll.

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