Members of the French League of Le Makeup Artistes, however, dispute that this was simply a matter of applying practicality to design. "It is clear," said Mimi Loreal, the League's president, "that this is a result of the global economic meltdown. With the fashion industry floundering, designers decided to cut corners by firing professional makeup artists and replacing them with capuchin monkeys -- who literally work for peanuts."
But as a Vogue editor who preferred to remain nameless said, "It doesn't really matter why clown lips are making a comeback. This is good news for lipstick makers and three-years-olds who break into their mother's makeup cabinets. And what's good for lipstick makers and three- year-olds is always good for Vogue." And -- I say -- America!