When it comes to style, we love anything reminiscent of days of yore — so when we got word that Estée Lauder would be introducing custom-made uniforms for its beauty advisors, we got nostalgic for the days when shopping for makeup was more of an occasion than an errand ,and the girls working the counters were the ultimate brand muses.
The storied cosmetic house tapped brilliant duo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony, and tasked them with re-interpreting retro for today’s girl. The fourteen-piece set, which includes a peplum blouse, slim pants, a pleated skirt, and blazer have an old-fashioned elegance about them in silhouette, but are still cut for a streamlined, modern day woman. In essence, the results are part of our dream fashion week repertoire.
Considering that most uniforms today, in many lines of work, simply consists of a mix-and-match black ensemble of the employee’s choice, we love the idea of injecting a more sophisticated sensibility into matching workwear. Furthermore, we think that being a shopgirl, much like a stewardess, has lost a bit of luster over the decades and that adding some sartorial appeal couldn’t hurt.
Here’s to hoping that other cosmetics brands follow suit and department store beauty floors become just as much a people watching spectacle as the plaza of Lincoln Center come fashion week.
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