Open Book with Rachel Felder

It can be scary to wear but always chic ~ a red lip.  Rachel Felder has paid homage to the iconic beauty in her latest book, Red Lipstick An Ode to a Beauty Icon.  There are so many famous people who have made the red lip a staple in our beauty bags ~ Marilyn, Audrey, Grace, the list goes on.  I personally love a red lip and think the shades that are red go beyond just a classic red.  You can have pink red, orange red, brownish red, the list goes on but the fact is there is a red for all of us and you just have to find the perfect one to rock!  Rachel is my latest Open Book and I love her advice and her dream book club- Chanel, ok?!

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via Amazon ~

A unique, full-color compendium that celebrates and explores the enduring power and allure of the world’s most iconic lip shade, jam-packed with entertaining stories, anecdotes, little-known facts, quotes, and more than 100 gorgeous images culled from fine art, photography, and beauty and fashion editorial and advertising.

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” — Elizabeth Taylor

Lipstick is the one makeup item most women can’t live without—and the most iconic shade is red. Exuding power, sensuality, allure, and mystery, red lips have been a constant of fashion for more than 5,000 years, beginning with Mesopotamian women around 3500 B.C. Throughout the ages, red lipstick has been a signature look worn by royalty, celebrities, and real women across cultures and geography. In fact, nearly all women own a tube of red lipstick, whether it’s the favorite shade they’ve been wearing devotedly for years, or as beauty boost they use for special occasions.

Filled with a show-stopping selection of images and distinctively packaged—the size of a clutch, with a jacket printed with a matte, velvet, red finish—Red Lipstick is the only cultural history of this makeup essential available. Granted unprecedented access to experts and the archives of revered brands like Chanel and Elizabeth Arden, beauty writer Rachel Felder explores the origins and allure of red lipstick and illuminates its association with aristocracy, sex appeal, illicit sexuality, rebellion, power, glamour, fame, and beauty. She also spotlights the fascinating array of women who have worn it through the ages, including monarchs, suffragettes, flappers, working women in World War II, first ladies, political leaders, geishas, Hollywood sirens, rock and rollers, fashionistas, and more.

Inside this enthralling book, you’ll discover why red lipstick makes women more attractive to others (and the science behind it); tips on choosing the most perfect shade of crimson; and a wealth of anecdotes, quotations, select literary excerpts, and trivia, such as the shade Carolyn Bessette Kennedy wore on her wedding day. Red Lipstick is packed with a museum’s worth of fine art, including both Man Ray’s photograph “Red Badge of Courage” and infamous painting “Les Amoreaux;” lush, rarely seen vintage magazine advertisements from stalwart brands like Guerlain and Dior; illustrations by renowned fashion illustrators such as René Gruau, Daisy Villeneuve, and Bil Donovan; artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edgar Degas, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Wayne Thiebaud, and Walt Kuhn; and images of famous red lipstick wearers including Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth II, Coco Chanel, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, Diana Vreeland, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, and many others.

With its captivating, chic design, beautiful selection of visuals, and engaging, entertaining text, Red Lipstick is a classic, like the perfect red lip shade itself.

 

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What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?  

David Bowie, Coco Chanel and Man Ray.

 

Current binge series?

I’m not a binge watcher, but I do watch the news, especially international news online, several times every day.

 Last favorite book?

 I loved Jonathan Coe’s “Middle English”. Coe captures the nuances of modern British life in a way that’s always compelling. This one is extremely timely, since it focused on Brexit.

What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation?  Where is it?  

Does red lipstick count as one of the items? I never, ever travel without a capsule wardrobe of red lipstick, with some options of shade and finish.  (And—here’s my travel tip!—I put the clear plastic bag of lipsticks inside a chic leather clutch that becomes my evening purse on arrival.). The other three items I would bring are a pair of oversized vintage sunglasses; a tablet filled with music, books, and magazines; and a fountain pen with which to write on hotel stationery, napkins, and pretty notebooks purchased on the trip.  I’m a city-lover, so it would a visit to a cultural capital.

 Sunday NYT or US Weekly?

Since I’ve written many articles for The Sunday New York Times, I definitely pick that!  

 Last person you sent a text message to?

My dear friend, the astrologer Susan Miller. It was red lip emojis.

Book you read that you wished you wrote?

 There are so many! Everything by James Joyce. Every book of poetry by Philip Larkin. Every compilation of scripts by Harold Pinter.  

Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?

One of the many excellent teachers I had at Barnard College really set me on my way: Joan Snitzer.  She truly empowered me to have confidence in my world view and feel that writing, my great love and creative outlet, could be a career.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?

Yes! Always.  Music is my air.  In the background is a mix of all sorts of established artists—from Nick Drake to The Clash to The Smiths to X—with plenty of newer ones, like Fontaines DC.

Describe your writing space?

First of all, it smells good! There’s always a scented candle burning on my desk, with the aroma chosen to accommodate the mood and season.  There’s usually a cup of tea too. There’s happy clutter—lots of pens, a stack of notebooks, boxes of stationery—and the weathered thesaurus I’ve had for decades.

Coffee or tea?

Tea, tea, and more tea. I gave up coffee nearly a decade ago—it will be ten years in August.  In its place, I’ve learned to truly savor the nuanced deliciousness of tea. Each morning begins with a pot of tea—properly brewed, of course, with loose leaves—and the newspaper. That, to me, is pure bliss.

Do you have a favorite book that you gift?

I usually give beautiful leather-bound notebooks to friends: I love to encourage them to write—and do so on paper, with a pen. But I do sometimes give beautiful coffee table books, like monographs of the work of fashion designers and artists.

Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?

 Alain de Botton’s “On Love” I’m a huge fan of de Botton’s books—this one lends itself to film scenes from the first pull-you-in sentence

If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?

“Lipstick” by Buzzcocks, of course!

What/Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by so much! I’m obsessed with art and music, and love the theater too—those media, along with great literature, are fuel that I can’t live without. My biggest inspiration is my daughter, and the goal to show her the beauty and importance of doing something you love, working hard at it, and giving back to others.

 Bravo reality TV- yes or no?

I watch reality on tv news programs instead of “reality” tv.

Favorite Instagram account?

 There’s not one that’s my absolute favorite, but I do follow the accounts of many top makeup artists and beauty entrepreneurs.

If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be? 

I’m hoping it’s ok to name if after one of my books instead of someone else’s!  I would create Manic Pop Thrill, inspired by my first book; it would be an intense, deeply pigmented, shocking-pink-tinged red.

 Current #TBR pile?

I’m about to do some book tour dates and have earmarked a stack of books about some of my favorite artists, like Egon Schiele, for the journeys.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

Never leave the house without red lipstick.

 

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