Anne Camilli Launches Lips of Luxury in Hong Kong

By Butterboom Writers  /  May 12, 2010

Her new book with Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg.

Editorial Director, Anne Camilli, was in town recently at Joyce Beauty to launch Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg’s new book about the story of lipstick, Lips of Luxury. Anne talked to about the book and gave us some interesting insights into Jean-Marie’s private collector items that are currently being displayed at JOYCE Boutique in Central from 4 to 24 May, 2010.

What’s interesting about the book is that it will open your mind to give you a new perspective on lipstick. The book also features some of the most iconic lipsticks of our time.

Butterboom: What was the inspiration behind this book?

Anne Camilli: The author Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg and I have known each other for ten years. We decided to collaborate on this book to showcase his extensive personal collection of lipsticks he has collected over the years. The lipsticks featured in the book were launched between the ’30s and ’70s and are not sold anymore so we thought that was an interesting idea for a book. We also decided to talk about the originality of lipstick.

Butterboom: What do you think of lipstick today?

Anne Camilli: These days, make-up products are seriously over-marketed, it loses the actual touch of what make-up really is and what it should feel like.

Butterboom: What’s some of the most exciting work you have ever done?

Anne Camilli: Books are definitely something very close to my heart, I’ve developed three books to date. The transmission of culture, knowledge and teamwork make it a fantastic project.

Butterboom: What does lipstick mean to you?

Anne Camilli: Lipstick is much simpler to me than how we see it nowadays. What’s extraordinary is that the idea behind it was so original yet bizarre, but people actually believed in it and went ahead and created it!

Butterboom: Tell us about some of the more distinctive lipstick packaging featured in the book.

Anne Camilli: The lipstick packaging of various brands over time gives us an historical snapshot of what was happening at that time and the evolvement of the lipstick as we know it today.

For example, the brand J. Paquin, Les Allume-Levres created a matchstick lipstick in 1939 with the tips of the matchstick an actual red coloured lipstick, which was their first lipstick creation ever. Revlon’s Couturine Doll Lipsticks on the other hand highlight iconic Hollywood celebrity symbols of the time like Shirley McClaine, Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davies (as per the photos above). I find the significance and imagination behind these packaging so fascinating!

– By Monisha Daryanani


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