For Chanel's Spring Couture, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais in the heart of Paris into a private forest. Models stepped out onto a runway that resembled a hidden pathway, dotted with moss and greenery. Chanel's global creative director, Peter Philips, took the smoky eye to gothic levels with mesh lashes and blown-out black eyeshadow. Hair king Sam McKnight went for a suitably wispy up 'do — with no two the same — adding his own touch of dark, Victorian-era chic. Click through to see some of the dramatic looks now.
Yesterday we admired the crafty mind of Chanel's creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, who was the hand-painter behind the interlocking C's that adorned models' faces to look like Marie Antoinette's beauty mark. Never one to skip a beat in creating seasonal gems that sell out before they hit counter — remember the temporary tattoos? — it's been confirmed that Chanel will release black velvet double C stickers as part of the upcoming Collection Versailles de Chanel. Will you be adding them to your Wish Lists? Or are they best left on the runway?
Photo by Karl Lagerfeld
The 19th of February is marked in our diary for when the Chanel Spring ’12 Harmony makeup collection hits Australia makeup counters, and while we could further discuss the shimmering pink, peach and coral colour palette saturating the range, we’re focussing on the luxe label’s debut lip care product. Perfectly suitable as a product on its own or as an ideal base for lipstick or gloss, Rouge Coco Baume's ($50) exceptional formula features the Chanel hydratender complex and is enriched with oil and cane sugar to provide long-lasting hydration. We suggest this balm makes its way into your daily beauty regime quick smart — only one month to go.
Chanel is always the one we wait for when it comes to Fashion Week and as per usual Karl Lagerfeld delivered the goods. Feathered hats were nestled into models' hair and styled into slick side parts by Sam McKnight, with fringes draping freely over faces. Attached to the hats were lace and net mask-like fabric obscuring eyes, but not enough to hide dramatic makeup. A subtle foundation base with a hint of blush and pale pink lipstick prevented the look from appearing washed out, with eyes heavily rimmed in black kohl, drawn out to a wing and smudged to perfection. A phenomenal hair and makeup combination from Peter Philips and McKnight, reflecting the dark colour palette from the couture itself.
To celebrate the news that Prince William and Kate Middleton will wed in 2011, we've compiled a little slideshow of royal weddings throughout the years. From the Queen and Prince Philip's ceremony in 1947 to Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly's nuptials in 2008, and recent European weddings, the royals certainly know how to get married in style! Click through to see their wedding pictures.
Prince William had fun with his family at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire on Saturday. He squashed Peter Phillips' nose while Peter's wife Autumn and sister Zara laughed. Wills was the one on the horse last month, when he played polo in front of Kate Middleton. It has been revealed the couple share a distant ancestor.
Fendi has cheered me right up on a dull Friday afternoon. Not only did the uber-luxe brand send this Sam McKnight creation ("a luxurious quiff," he called it) down the runway, but, but, Fendi is launching a new EDP that will be available here in September. I learnt this top-secret information just a few hours ago so you are literally the most in-the-know peeps around town. It's called Fan di Fendi and the ad campaign will feature our very own Abbey Lee Kershaw dancing around to The Kills. Cool. But back to the runway, I rather like this soft, dishevelled roll-on-the-top-of-the-head look, do you? The makeup, FYI, was done by Peter Phillips, Chanel's Creative Director of Makeup, who went with a simple peachy palette to balance the "rock 'n' roll hair." LOTS of information to digest but what do you think about it all?
Every now and then an ad comes along that makes you sigh and marvel at its sheer wondrousness. This is one of those ads. Remember a few months ago when I told you about the collaboration between Vanessa Paradis and Chanel? Well no one, not even me, could've predicted how beautiful it would be. Not that it was ever in doubt, of course—not with Peter Phillips at the helm, but it's exceeded all of my expectations and then some. Phillips says, “Women seem to have forgotten how to apply lipstick. We have a whole generation of lip gloss girls. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with lip gloss—but there is something so feminine about the act of applying lipstick. I want to make lipstick as easy to apply as lip gloss, and for a long-lasting formula to feel comfortable on the lips.” I, for one, am sold. Hurry up March 14.
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Debuting at the Chanel Spring/Summer 2010 show in Paris, the latest colour collection from Peter Phillips, Impressions de Chanel, is already gaining just as much hype as Jade.
Due to hit Australian counters on February 21, you can put your name on the waiting list for products now (simply call 1300 CHANEL) – an insanely good idea for the new nail shade, Particulière, especially. A) Because it's hot and b) because it's taupe, which as you well know was all over the Australian catwalks this year.
The idea behind this collection is legacy – Phillips drew inspiration from an imprint of Coco Chanel’s hand. Check it out now.