The Times UK has a very funny roundup of "The Year in Fashion," proclaiming Sienna and (pregnant?!) Lily Allen as favorite style icons and Kate Moss as a major fashion trooper. But the bottom of the story is where it gets interesting, as our idol Lisa Armstrong proclaims lip gloss to be dead. She compares Juicy Tubes and Lip Venom to porn star chic, but we link it with Rihanna, Heatherette, and The Hills - maybe not the chicest of choices, but one that's fun, youthful, and easy to wear with heavy eyeliner or a low cut dress. Granted, both of those things appear frequently at The Playboy Mansion, but they're also standard for a Friday night out. But maybe this is one of those examples when London trends and American ones don't quite stack up - we still haven't fully embraced Beth Ditto, soccer, or wearing feathered veils to church. In which case, perhaps a fresh coat of lip varnish is downright patriotic... or at least practical, since we use it instead of Chapstick in the winter.
Is Anyone Still Wearing Lip Gloss?
Marc Jacobs launched his eponymous makeup collection this past Friday, and much of it was inspired by lacquer. The designer has said countless times that his favorite color is "shiny" and he told the Wall Street Journal recently, "I just find shiny surfaces to be very mesmerizing." And there isn't anything shinier than lip gloss, right? Jacobs offers 12 lip glosses in his new collection, and when one of them hit our desks just prior to the launch I had a very heated discussion with a colleague. "Who the hell wears lip gloss anyway?" she asked rhetorically. Ah, a complicated issue, to be sure. According to consumer market research group NPD, lip gloss sales have been on the decline since 2010. Overall, lipstick sold about twice as much as lip gloss. So who the hell actually is wearing lip gloss?