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December 14, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Beauty

The theme of the collection, Paris-Byzance is a great inspiration on it’s own. The links and associations with Chanel are rich and plenty.  Karl gave Sam (McKnight) and me a sketch giving us a rough idea of the direction he wanted for the look, from then the tone was set.  Karl also showed us the world-famous mosaic portrait of Theodora, the Empress of the Byzantine Empire Mosaic from the Saint-Vital de Ravenne Basilica, which very naturally became the inspiration for the show’s makeup. The portrait gave me a focus point : the red eye shadow/liner that she wears on the arch of her eyebrows. This look is all about light and rich textures. The choreography between gold, bronze, black and red can be easily personalized according to the desires of each woman.

- Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup

I LOVE this look – very theatrical and perfectly compliments the collection.  I can’t wait to see Beige Petale, the new nail colour!

Peter used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:

Skin prepared with HYDRAMAX + ACTIVE Nourishing Cream for Dry Skin

The Complexion:
VITALUMIERE AQUA Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15
POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder
ÉCLAT LUMIÈRE Highlighter Face Pen
CORRECTEUR PERFECTION Long Lasting Concealer

The Eyes:
REGARD SIGNÉ DE CHANEL in Topkapi (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rouge (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
LE CRAYON LEVRES Precision Lip Definer in Rouge
LE CRAYON KHÔL Intense Eye Pencil in Clair
LE CRAYON YEUX Precision Eye Definer in Brun Teak
LE CRAYON SOURCILS (available August 2011)
INIMITABLE MASCARA in Noir

The Cheeks:
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Or (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Moca

The Lips:
SOIN TENDRE LEVRES Hydrating Lip Treatment SPF 15

The Nails:
LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Beige Petale on the hands (Summer 2011 Makeup Collection, available May 2011)

Photos: Vincent Lappartient for Chanel

Photo of Mosaic: Absolut Bologna

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December 11, 2010

Chanel Paris-Byzance Look Book Shot in Ravenna, Italy

“It’s all about mosaics,” said Lagerfeld, who traveled to Ravenna, Italy, to view the intricate artworks from the fifth and sixth centuries that adorn its churches and monuments. “I thought it was an influence that could be very much Chanel,” he said. “It’s also about a spirit.”

-WWD

In the 6th Century, Ravenna was the “westernmost pillar of the Byzantine Empire.” (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium).  Today, Ravenna is a living shrine featuring the monuments and churches of the lost empire.  Boasting a rich cultural history, Ravenna is “best look at the glories of Byzantium this side of Istanbul.”  (Rick Steves, Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantium).

Since the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance show was inspired by the Byzantine Empire, Karl Lagerfeld went to Ravenna, Italy to shoot the Look Book for the collection.  I wonder how much of the ancient mosaics will be in the photos.  I think it’s great that Uncle Karl went to Ravenna because the photos will be have historical integrity – something that a set could never replicate.  I can’t wait to see the pictures of the look book. In the mean time, check out these gorgeous photos of mosaics from Ravenna, Italy.

Image Source: Absolut Bologna

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December 10, 2010

Empress Theodora & Coco Chanel

“I like the idea of these two strong women…You know, there’s Chanel everywhere.…I take a little idea and I make a collection.”

-Karl Lagerfeld, WWD

Empress Theodora and the Byzantine Empire were the inspiration behind Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris-Byzance collection. Coco Chanel herself loved Byzantine jewelry and she borrowed motifs for the jewelry she designed.  Both women, Empress Theodora and Coco Chanel rose from very humble beginnings to be very powerful women who exerted tremendous influence.

“Theodora was a circus artist who became empress, like Chanel, who was a little singer and became a fashion empress.”

-Karl Lagerfeld, Style.com

It’s nice to be reminded that strong, independent, ground-breaking women have been around for centuries :)   Empress Theodora is a saint in the Orthodox Church and some might say that to some fashion lovers, Coco is a saint too…

Empress Theodora Image Source

Santa Coco Image Source

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December 8, 2010

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Collection

“After the Grand Palais, I had to do the opposite.”

-Karl Lagerfeld, on the intimate setting for the Pre-Fall 2011 collection presentation, Style.com

If I had to summarize the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2011 Paris-Byzance Collection in one word it would be opulence. Hearkening back to the Byzantine Era and Empress Theodora, Karl Lagerfeld resurrected the intricate mosaics and gold filigree of the lost empire.

A somber palette of black, navy, royal plum and gold highlighted the textured knits and intricate tweeds. Mosaic patterns of churches were replicated on dresses and necklines and gold was woven through textiles. The accessories were gorgeous and evoked the lavishness of the Byzantine Empire. Gold coin necklaces, bib necklaces, chunky cuff bracelets and filigree headbands are all fit for an Empress. Over the knee boots and sandals were the footwear of choice and completed the looks.

Though inspired by antiquities, Karl Lagerfeld kept the collection current with hints of mod 1960′s London. Pea coats, straight-leg pants, swing coats and shift dresses gave a modern feel to the otherwise classic sumptuousness of the Byzantine-inspired pieces.

This collection was truly beautiful and I love how Karl can take something so small, like Coco Chanel’s signature Verdura Cuffs (wit Byzantine crosses) and create a whole collection around it.  The Métiers D’Art are always a stand out because, as the name implies, it’s a collection focused around artisan skills and gorgeous craftsmanship.   I can’t wait to see the detail shots of the accessories and the look book which was shot in Ravenna, Italy where Byzantine mosaics still exist. Stay tuned for more info! Until then, please enjoy images from the collection.

Images: WWD

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