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August 21 2014

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Peter Philips’ Hay Day At Chanel

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Another day of shows began bright and early in Paris this morning, and with it came yet another lesson in body art. But seeing as how the seminar in question was given by Peter Philips, Chanel’s artistic director of makeup, the season’s prevalent hand-drawn tribal designs and stenciled letters never entered into the equation. “I had them made into transfers,” said Philips in reference to the tattoos he designed for the house’s presentation, which were inspired by blossoms, Chanel chains, and pearls. (To play up the precious stones, Philips used Chanel’s Le Crayon Khôl in Blanc to trace their outline for increased visibility.) “It’s child’s play,” he continued, explaining that the embellishments were intended to add “an extra something” to the fresh look Karl Lagerfeld wanted for the Marie Antoinette-goes-to-the-barn spectacle he staged at the Grand Palais. To skirt the challenging line between eighteenth-century teen queen and farmer’s daughter, Philips turned to soft, blend-able shades, serving up flawless skin and some of the best cheeks we’ve seen this month. The latter came courtesy of Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Imprévu, which is part of his as-yet-unreleased spring color collection. Citing “purity” and “natural beauty” as forthcoming trends, Philips has taken an optimistic view of the fate of makeup as we slowly climb out of economic decline. “I see a positive approach,” he surmised. “Effortless and beautiful.” (A strategically placed tattoo is, of course, optional.)

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

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