Saturday, March 1, 2008

Urban Luxury: The $62,000 Question

Guerlain has created the most world's most expensive lipstick. KissKiss Gold and Diamonds retails for $62,000. The 18K lipstick case is adorned with 199 genuine, conflict-free diamonds weighing in a 2.2 carats, highlighted with rubies and emerald. The creators, Olivier Echaudemaison and Herve Van Der Straeten, describe their lipstick as, "powerful and unimaginable, unique and desired, obtainable and unobtainable all at the same time." They go on to say that the lipstick creates, "curiosity and longing." Huh? The lipstick is refillable and can be engraved with a name or message. Well, . . . wow. The $62,000 question? Why? Perhaps the engraved inscription should read, s-e-l-f -i-n-d-u-l-g-e-n-t.