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Live from New York: ICMAD Names 2008 Young Designer Award Winners

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: November 14, 2008, from the November 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

From left, second-place Young Designer Awards winner Maria Maldonado; first-place winner Netta Rabin; and third-place winner Katie Fowler

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Assenat and her team translated new materials and perceptions into products found in packaging, cosmetics, beauty and color. Their study of the market and its surrounding influences may impact future product development.

For example, their exploration of ceramics comes to life in terra cotta-influenced makeup and beauty looks based on glazed earthenware; in addition, light effects and the refraction of pearls found in nature may be translated to luminescence in cosmetics. Woods, florals and frost also find new interpretation in beauty products.

These influences culminate in an orchestration customized for particular segments of the industry, reflecting the story that is to be expressed. Whether bronze-glazed makeup, subdued patina eyeshadows or the cool mineral notes of the arctic, the concepts expand and communicate in color, texture and light.

Nancy Jeffries is a contributing editor for GCI magazine, covering the industry from her New York vantage. Jeffries has been in the publishing business for more than 20 years. Her introduction to the cosmetics and personal care industry began as editor of GCI magazine from 1997–2000.