If you read any beauty blogs or online fashion/lifestyle publications, you probably learned last week that NARS will be releasing a line of cosmetics inspired by the work and career of artist Andy Warhol this autumn.
The public-relations machinery is already moving fast and furious on behalf of this collection, and I have a feeling that I’ll be suffering from fabulous-fatigue by the time the products actually hit shelves in October and November.
On the other hand, will I be able to resist these lip glosses named for the “superstars” and glamourous drag queens of Warhol’s circle? or a shimmery blush titled after a Lou Reed song? That remains to be seen.
In the meantime, just to remind ourselves that there’s no shortage of Andy-themed accessories out there, let’s take a look at a few other ways to wear Warhol this fall…
A “Velvet Underground & Nico” t-shirt, bearing the iconic banana that Warhol designed for the band’s debut album in 1967, is always fresh. Rock-and-roll history, people. ($19.99 at Damselworld)
The Andy Warhol Museum’s online store offers a trove of official licensed merchandise bearing images from the Pop Art icon’s work. If you have an iPhone, you can dress it up in these phone covers decorated with art from all phases of Warhol’s career, including a very appropriate “photo booth” shot. ($40 at the Warhol Store)
Of course, despite the best efforts of the Warhol Foundation, there’s also a certain amount of non-licensed Warhol trinketry out there. Not that I’m condoning copyright infringement or what have you, but this Marilyn Monroe ring is pretty fun. ($12 from on seller “melaniemross” on Etsy)
The New York-based fragrance house Bond no. 9 has had a licensing agreement with the Warhol Foundation for the past five years or so, releasing several fragrances loosely inspired by the artist’s favorite places around the city. I hesitate even to mention these, because I’ve read rumors that they may be discontinued; if you’re interested, however, grab one while you can. (pictured: Union Square, 50 ml for $160 at Bond no. 9)
A sure bet, on the other hand: this autumn’s exhibition “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years,” opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 18th, 2012. It will run through December 31st. See the Met website for more information!
To be continued…
Images: Self-Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette, Larger Than Life Lip Gloss (L to R: Penny Arcade, International Velvet, Viva, Candy Says, Holly Woodlawn), and Satellite of Love Highlighting Blush, courtesy of NARS.