August 23 2014

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The Power of Color According to Coco Chanel


What is Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite color? One could answer white because of the camellia flower that adorns every black box, big or small. Or gold because you’ll often find it in the form of a chain-link strap on a coveted quilted bag. But according to this video from the storied house, she had five: black, white, beige, gold, and red—each representing a distinctive code that together form one designer signature. Here, the brand delves into the history and deeper meaning behind Chanel’s indispensable palette, with black “accentuating the essential” and recalling “the monastic rigor of the Aubazine orphanage” where she grew up; white, like her “timeless silk pajamas”; beige, reminiscent of “the beaches of Deuville,” the site of her first shop; gold, “because it embraces both the genuine and the faux”; and red “permits, when used as the lining of a purse, a quick find of what one is looking for.” The latter also became her go-to lipstick shade: “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack. Men hate women who weep,” she once instructed. Coco’s true colors have never been so clear.

Porange Is the New Black


BLOG_HairFashion’s either very bored with natural hair color or seriously feeling a need to rebel, because unconventional dye jobs are still going strong. Yesterday, Charlotte Free opened Chanel Cruise with a curious color choice I like to call “porange.” That is, because it exists somewhere between pink and orange. This instantly conjured up flashbacks of failed attempts to DIY “dye” my blond hair with a fluorescent pink highlighter in high school. (The result? Porange, of course.) But, if any luxury brand can turn one person’s idea of a flop into a chic success, it’s Chanel. Does this mean it’s time to stock up on markers? Probably not. But with My Little Pony-esque dye jobs feeling as ubiquitous as platinum, we find this ironic color sort of refreshing.

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Go Big or Go Home at Chanel Resort



Bigger it seems is often better—at least when it comes to Chanel. And the hair crafted by Sam McKnight for the house’s Resort 2015 show in Dubai was no different. Each season, strands seem to be increasing in length and width—with Spring 2013 offering up flared-out wigs, and Fall 2014 providing grocery store goers with back-grazing, “exaggerated” ponytails “blown up in proportion” with rags of tweed. And for Cruise, models’ hair was taken to new heights—with some sporting an exaggerated Bardot-like bump, and the others a cumulus cloud of corkscrew curls reminiscent of Diana Ross. To achieve the supersized ringlets, McKnight spritzed strands with Sebastian Forte spray, wrapped sections around a curling iron, let them set, backcombed the roots with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, and “teased quite a lot.” For the straighter style, the pro plumped roots with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art mousse and blew hair off the face before backcombing at the crown and finishing with a combo of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Sebastian Forte. With gold lamé, light-up shoes, and seventies-inspired hairstyles making their way down the runway, we’d say Karl managed to pump up the volume and throw quite the disco in the desert.


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Flashback Friday: The Eyes Have It



Flashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Christy Turlington

The Moment: Bejeweled Lids

The Motivation: At first glance this may not appear to be a beauty shot, but look a little closer and you’ll be sure to spot Christy Turlington’s sparkling lash lines. Much has been placed on lids in the past: neon stickers at Atelier Versace; gold string at Dries Van Noten; neoprene at Fendi; lace, pearls, and jumbo glitter at Chanel. And Fall 2014 was no different. Makeup maestro Pat McGrath created incredibly beautiful “mothlike” lashes and brows at Alexander McQueen with hand-cut feathers, and used liquid latex instead of standard shadow at Dior. And seeing as eyes are the windows to the soul, why not add some extreme embellishment to attract even more attention?

Photo: Arthur Elgort for Vogue UK, 1990; courtesy of

Flashback Friday: We Got the Beat


Tyen-cropFlashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Moment: Supersize Headphones

The Motivation: Take a ride on any New York City subway and you’re guaranteed to notice at least half of the strap-hanging population wearing DJ-style headphones, from Beats by Dre to the ever-popular gold Frends styles—while inconspicuous earbuds seem to be going the way of the Walkman. Even Karl Lagerfeld jumped on the bandwagon at Chanel, where models sported quilted versions while perusing the shelves at the supermarché. The issue, however (for the ladies, at least), becomes how to style your strands whilst wearing said accessory. We’re looking to this late eighties image for inspiration, taking beauty cues from the model’s on-trend pixie cut styled to sleek perfection and her skull-hugging headphones. Time to turn up the music.

Photo: Tyren for ELLE U.S., 1987, courtesy of