WWD asked many designers to submit a sketch of what they think princess-to-be Kate Middleton should wear for her royal wedding to Prince William. Karl Lagerfeld submitted a sketch for Chanel and he suggested a “Victorian wedding dress, with a twist — high boots and open in the front.” Though she’s rumored to have already selected a British designer Bruce Oldfield, we won’t know until the actual day of the wedding.
January 19, 2011
January 11, 2011
After a controversial short film for the Paris-Shanghai collection, Karl Lagerfeld skipped doing a fashion film for the Paris-Byzance collection. I guess Lagerfeld couldn’t keep himself from shooting a short film though and what we have now is the release of Window World, Uncle Karl’s latest fashion film for Chanel.
Window World features Magdalena Frackowiak, Barbara Dvorakova and Baptiste Giabiconi as mannequins in a store window with music fit for a suspense movie in the background. If Mannequin and Psycho had a baby it would be Window World. Not Karl’s best work but entertaining nonetheless.
January 5, 2011
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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
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
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
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Or (Exclusive Creation, available June 2011)
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Moca
SOIN TENDRE LEVRES Hydrating Lip Treatment SPF 15
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
December 13, 2010
The Chanel News website has two nice interviews up from the Paris-Byzance show with Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger. Watch them by clicking the links below…
December 11, 2010
“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.”
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
December 10, 2010
“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…