Yet another collaboration destined for the season’s wish lists, Tokyo-born cosmetics brand Shu Uemura has just unveiled its holiday collection with fashion cool-kid Maison Kitsuné. This marks the Paris-based clothing and music label’s first foray into beauty.
The design of the limited-edition range, which includes 21 makeup items and two haircare oils, is a cultural crossover, reflecting Shu Uemura’s Japanese roots and Kitsuné’s French elegance. The packaging features pictograms that wink at the East-meets-West inspiration: a dress and a kimono, a beret and a straw hat, a croissant and a manju, a fleur-de-lis and a plum blossom, a coffee and a green tea.
Maison Kitsuné (Japanese for “fox”) was founded in 2002 by Gildas Loaëc—former manager and artistic director of Daft Punk—and then-architect Masaya Kuroki, who set out to redefine fashion “classics” with contemporary pieces influenced by Paris and Tokyo.
No stranger to collaborations, Shu Uemura has previously teamed up with accessory and jewellery designer Yaz Bukey, photographer and film director Mika Ninagawa, contemporary artist Takashi Murakami—and, perhaps most notable of all, Karl Lagerfeld and his beloved cat, Choupette.
Maison Kitsuné for Shu Uemura will land on counters in November at Holt Renfrew, select Sephora, Nordstrom and Hudson’s Bay stores, and shuuemura.ca.