October 31, 2010
October 29, 2010
October 28, 2010
Fall is officially here but that doesn’t mean everything needs to be dark and drab. Chanel is introducing a small collection of bright-colored patent calfskin leather goods that are sure to bring some sunshine into your dreary days. They fold, zip and have functional interiors complete with silver chain, reminiscent to that found on the iconic Chanel 2.55 bag. The small collection of wallets, change purses, card holders and clutches feature a simple graphic detail of the interlocking C’s in a white circle which pops off of the blue, red, yellow, black and fuchsia patent canvases. The collection hits shelves in November.
October 27, 2010
The Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting Chanel Culture, “an exhibition charting the iconic fashion house’s literary and artistic inspirations.” (WWD, 10.26.10) Running from January 15, 2011 – March 14, 2011, the exhibit will showcase over 400 items “including clothing, artworks, manuscripts and films.” The collection will be curated by Jean-Louis Froment, a French art director and critic and will be done with the consent and support of Chanel. The exhibit will cover Gabrielle Chanel’s life and her relationships with avant garde artists of her time including Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky through the Karl Lagerfeld tenure.
No word on whether this exhibition will travel but I really hope it will. As a history buff and Chanelphile, this exhibition is right up my alley!
Effortless, natural beauty, relaxed girls who are enjoying their holidays. That was the main idea behind the look for this show.
- Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup
A few months back we gave you a glimpse into the Chanel 2010-2011 Cruise Beauty collection and we mentioned a then-unnamed new blue nail color that we thought was inspired by the azure sky and St. Tropez sea. Well, it seems like our hunch was right, the new shade, dubbed RIVA (presumable after the yacht-maker), is a beautiful shimmery ocean blue. A limited edition color, Le Vernis Riva will be available in Chanel boutiques on December 1st.
October 26, 2010
Ruelala.com is hosting another private Chanel sale curated by Madison Avenue Couture. The sale starts Wednesday, October 27th so… on your mark, get set, go! There’s some cute stuff for sale so if you have money to spend, I’d do it here…check out some of the stuff that will be on sale…
October 21, 2010
For the premiere of Never Let Me Go in London, Keira wore a CHANEL Haute Couture gown made exclusively from pearls. Pearls are classic, timeless and chic, I wanted all of these qualities to work with the make up to create and iconic image that would still look current years from now.
-CHANEL Celebrity Makeup Artist Kate Lee
Last week, Keira Knightley attended the London premier of her new film Never Let Me Go in a stunning Chanel couture gown made of pearls. As the launch of the new Coco Mademoiselle ad campaign featuring Ms. Knightley nears, we can be sure to see her sporting Chanel at many upcoming events. Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee coordinated the couture dress with an equally stunning look. She shared…
Keira is one of my favorite canvasses, she has a magnificent bone structure, and beautiful features, so its always hard to choose which one to play up! I went with eyes, as I thought a strong elegant eye would look great with her new cut. To make it slightly more modern, I used only cream shadows, a mixture of CHANEL Intense Eye Liner in Noir inside the eye and along the bottom and top lash line. I also crept it up onto the outer third of the socket to add depth, after lots of gentle blending I added in Nars creme shadow from the Thebes Duo to the centre of the lid, and also to the brow bone to add a glow and create dimension. Finally, I curled the lashes, gave the lashes a generous coat of CHANEL Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir, and then added a few clumps of Ardel lashes in a random pattern. The final effect was dramatic but modern. Her lips were CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Perle, and I sculpted her cheeks with CHANEL Powder Blush in Imprévu.
Images: Wire Image & Style
October 11, 2010
As is usually the case, the set for the Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear show was awe inspiring. I thought it might be tough to outdo a glacier, but Uncle Karl managed to create an atmosphere that brought his creations to life. Inspired by the 1961 French film, Last Year at Marienbad (L’Année dernière à Marienbad), everything from the set design to the clothing was infused by surreal haze of the black and white film.
One of the most dramatic scenes of Last Year at Marienbad takes place in a garden. I’m not sure if it’s the use of Chanel‘s traditional black and white, or trying to replicate the garden in gray-scale from the black and white film (or perhaps a bit of both), but the Chanel set at the Grand Palais was a replica of this garden, complete with fountain.
What makes this film even more sentimental is that Coco Chanel designed the costumes for leading lady, Delphine Seyrig. Dramatic and chic black looks featuring feathers and lace adorned Seyrig in the film and you could see the influence on Karl’s collection. The Spring-Summer 2011 collection featured lots of feathers (in many varieties), as well as black lace. One cloak in particular looks like it came straight out of the film with its epic feather collar.
The trailer for Last Year at Marienbad is below. From what I’ve read, people either love it or hate it, as it’s a “high art” film and is easily misunderstood. Either way, I now have a new movie to add to my Netflix que…
October 8, 2010
Karl Lagerfeld showed me a sketch he had drawn of a girl with smoky eyes, so it was clear that we would put the focus on the eyes for this show. The inspiration for the color came from the black-white-green French garden that was recreated in the Grand Palais, from the glow that we can find in black, grey and white pearls, and the enamel that Karl integrated into the costume jewelry. I created deep, dark smoky eyes on a luminous fresh face with tinted, dewy lips. Nails were graphic and strong, and a thin black line was drawn in the hair.
- Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup
The beauty as the Chanel Spring-Summer 2011 Ready-to-Wear show will no doubt be oft-imitated as it was lovely. Dark charcoal smokey eyes was the highlight of a seductive look that featured an otherwise natural face. Lips had a hint of blush that was just a few shades deeper than natural lip color. Hair was straight and pulled back tight with center and side parts accentuated with a thin straight black line drawn with eyeliner. The nails always steal the show and Black Pearl looks like it will be a color that will surely be duplicated by mass market nail polish companies. I love the black gunmetal look of it and it really does look like the beautiful iridescent grey of Tahitian black pearls. On their toes, models wore Pearl Drop, a white pearly color. Though Pearl Drop is nice, Black Pearl is definitely on my wish list for spring.
Peter used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:
Skin prepared with HYDRAMAX + ACTIVE Nourishing Cream for Dry Skin
The Complexion: PRO LUMIÈRE Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder
ÉCLAT LUMIÈRE Highlighter Face Pen
CORRECTEUR PERFECTION Long Lasting Concealer
The Eyes: LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow in Regard Perlé (Spring 2011 Makeup Collection, available January 2011)
LE CRAYON KHÔL Intense Eye Pencil in Noir
LE CRAYON YEUX Precision Eye Definer in Noir
LE CRAYON SOURCILS (available August 2011)
LE SOURCIL DE CHANEL Perfect Brows
MASCARA INIMITABLE WATERPROOF in Noir
The Cheeks: JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Espiègle (Spring 2011 Makeup Collection, available January 2011)
The Lips: ROUGE COCO SHINE in Boy (available April 2011)
The Nails: LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Black Pearl on the hands (Spring 2011 Makeup Collection, available January 2011)
LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Pearl Drop on the feet (Spring 2011 Makeup Collection, available January 2011)