The latest guest collection from MAC comes from a collaboration with British avant-garde designer Gareth Pugh. Pugh’s rise to fame is partly thanks to the backing of Rick Owens and celebrity fans including Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue, who have all donned the Sunderland-born designers’ voluminous looks.
The collection for MAC features products for face, lips and eyes in shades of burgundy and plum, complemented by frosty and gunmetal greys.
My favourite items in the collection are the pigment in deceit, a dark plum with pink pearl, which comes in a sleek black pot with an X (the signature detail this collection) on the lid; lipglass in outrage, a berry gloss with blue pearl pigment; and three nail lacquers in inert, a grey nude, ascension a grey-blue and hyper, a deep blue with violet pearl.
The collection is full of the darkness that Pugh is noted for but it’s also sophisticated and complicated. The looks that can be created, such as the one above of model Anna Kostromichova, might be what Tyra would describe as ‘ugly-pretty’ which isn’t something everyone can pull off, but the Gareth Pugh for MAC collection is certainly chic.
The collection is available now in the U.S.A. and will be available in the U.K. in December.