I’m a sucker for a great collaborative project, so, having long been a fan of Manhattan’s Neue Galerie dedicated to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design, I was over the moon when I got word that Estée Lauder had created two limited-edition Bauhaus-inspired products centered around the work of artist Otto Dix–a crimson lipstick called Berlin Red and a complementary compact–whose exhibit will debut at the museum in March. As a refresher, the Neue Galerie was co-founded by Ronald S. Lauder (of the namesake beauty giant), so it was just a matter of time before his two passions would meld. Some of Dix’s most noted works, including Portrait of the Dancer Anita Berber (1925) and reclining Woman on Leopard Skin (1927) center around female figures with bold red lips, so the choice of the crimson pigment (housed in a bullet-shaped case) was au natural. The lipstick and compact will be sold exclusively in the museum’s design shop. If these beauty products aren’t enough to get you uptown, hopefully Dix’s exhibit–the first-ever one-man show on American soil devoted to the German artist–will.
Lipstick ($30) and compact ($55) available at Neue Galerie, 212-628-6200
Man Snob has great taste in lipstick and an eye for design. I think the compact and lipstick are beautifully designed.