By  on August 24, 2012

Andy Warhol will live this fall at cosmetics counters, courtesy of François Nars and a multichannel color cosmetics effort that marks his brand’s — and the Warhol Foundation’s — largest collaboration to date.

Why Andy Warhol? “Why not Andy Warhol?” Nars, founder and creative director of the brand that bears his name, countered to WWD. “I have always surrounded myself with Andy’s work and even paid tribute to him in my past collections — Edie Eyeshadow, Chelsea Girls Lip Lacquer, etcetera. This just seemed like the right time to do [a bigger effort]. Even more than 20 years after his death, Andy continues to be one of the most influential figures in both contemporary art and pop culture. Andy said, ‘If everybody’s not a beauty, then nobody is.’ This is the same sentiment I wanted to bring to life with Nars — a forward-thinking attitude toward beauty, and the encouragement to inspire self-expression, creativity and artistry in the women who wear it. It seemed like a natural fit to create a collection that Andy himself might have a hand in if he were alive today.”

Warhol has been a longtime inspiration to Nars. “I first discovered Andy’s work from Andy Warhol books my parents had when I was maybe 12 or 13 years old,” said Nars. “I remember being so drawn to the colors — so bright and graphic. I loved the painting of Marilyn Monroe, his silk screens, the movies, the photographs and the Polaroids.


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