First appearing on people’s radar after the cult hit Chungking Express in 1994, director Wong Kar Wai has since represented a brand of urban romanticism, often portraying emotions of love, infatuation and loneliness laced with candid humor and relatable quirks. While he’s dealt which an array of storylines spanning from a tumultuous relationship between two men (the Cannes Palm d’Or winner, Happy Together), neighbors bound together by their philandering spouses (In the Mood for Love) and a writer’s fictionalized utopia born from his longing for a lost love (2046), one quality has tied them all together—the director’s immaculate use of color.
Fast forward to today, the director is once again using his acute sense for hues with the latest Shu Uemura Holiday Collection entitled Rouge et Bleu. Tied to the concept of fire and ice, hot and cold, the line presents an array of vivid shades that span from chilly shades to warm sensual tones for a visual that is entirely unique, and entirely Wong Kar Wai.
With each color hand-picked by the director himself, standouts include the Burning in Water Palette (P4000), five cold blues paired with a rosey cheek tint, Lustrous Glow Powder (P2500), rosy gold blush speckled with gold shimmer, Rouge Unlimited in Rouge Luster (P1350), a true red that maintains a firm place in holiday beauty and Jeweled Love lashes (P1350), long partial lashes set with ruby hued crystals. Just as special are versions of their Mini Brush Set (P3500), and White Recovery EX Brightening Cleansing Oil (P5200), which are definitely worthy of the limited edition status thanks to their soft gilded packaging that present stills from another very special Wong Kar Wai and Shu Uemura collaboration—the short film Mask.
A tribute to the collaboration, the director created Mask to bring the colors and emotions of the collection to life in a romantic 45-second vignette. Starring Sandrine Pinna and with makeup by Shu Uemura’s Kakuyasu Uchiide, the film features a masked heroine in a fantasy land of glitter and whimsy that dances on screen before revealing her best asset—her knowing eyes.
With the collection now available in-stores, we can't think of a better place for these items than a prime spot on our Christmas lists. Click here to see the gallery from the Shu Uemura x Wong Kar Wai launch party.