261 posts tagged "Chanel"
The last time I wore a lotion laden with glitter, I was probably going to prom, where I also donned a rhinestone choker and a one-shouldered gown covered from strap to hemline in varying shades of blue bugle beads. In terms of sparkle, it was a triple threat—one that should never be repeated. So when Chanel’s new shimmery ancillaries (out this month), infused with the various iterations of the brand’s beloved Chance fragrance, came across my desk, I was skeptical. However, if there is one house that can make body glitter grown-up-worthy, it’s Chanel.
The original eau, now available in iridescent body cream form, lends a subtle glow to dry winter skin and wraps you from head to toe in the feminine floral aroma. For those who prefer a more delicate dose of scent, the Eau Tendre powdered perfume leaves behind a light, fruity trail and pink shimmer that softly catches the light. And if your potency preference falls somewhere in the middle, there’s Eau Fraîche Shimmering Touch—a glistening gel-based formula with notes of citrus, jasmine absolute, and vetiver. All three—unlike the crystallized trio from my high school past—are beauty gems worthy of a big night out.
Body Cream, $75, Powdered Perfume, $50, Shimmering Touch, $50; chanel.com
This year provided a plethora of New Year’s Eve-worthy looks, and the man that pulls off glitter better than any other on the runway is Peter Philips. Always the master of invention, he created ear cuffs composed entirely out of crystals at Dries Van Noten for Fall, only to follow it up the next season with tinsel-coated lashes (accompanied by gold-slicked side parts by Sam McKnight). And at Chanel, he rimmed upper eyes with a flash of silver glitter that could be seen from every seat in the house. In our esteemed opinion, Philips gets top honors for the most dazzling displays of 2013. Now if only we had a sparkly statue to commemorate the occasion…
To see more brilliant looks, read “2013: The Best of Backstage.”
A common occurrence among those who receive blockbuster holiday palettes brimming with possibility: You hit pan on your go-to shades—the universally flattering neutrals that are appropriate for day but can be easily amped up for night—while bold, attention-grabbing hues of green and blue are barely touched.
The truth is, not everyone can pull off a lid splashed with color like we saw on the Chanel runway for Spring 2014, but the barely there look (seen at Chloé this past season) is wearable and achievable—without having makeup master Peter Philips at your side. Beauty brands are also taking a more minimal approach. Urban Decay recently released the Naked3 (which has already sold out twice), a collection of twelve flesh colors ranging from cream to dark brown, all with a rose gold undertone. Another one of our favorites is the aptly named The Essentials palette by Clarins, which features eco-friendly formulas in ten nude shades. And for on-the-go touch-ups, Bobbi Brown’s limited-edition Smokey Warm Eye Palette is compact enough to fit in a purse and boasts six versatile shadows in matte and shimmer finishes. Beige, it seems, is anything but boring.
The women that walked Chanel Pre-Fall last night wore their war paint well—baring cheeks, lids, and temples that were burnished with gold and silver cross-hatching, inky black mascara and liner on top lashes only, and natural, pink-toned lips. To complement the makeup created by Peter Philips, Sam McKnight tucked double-C stamped feathers into select models’ wind-tousled low ponytails, while others sported a Lady Gaga (the early years)-style bow comprised of actual strands. Who knew playing cowboys and Indians could be so chic? Well, I suppose Karl had an idea.
Yes, another wig worn by Lady Gaga. I, too, am tiring of keeping up with Mother Monster’s many hair changes (on Sunday, she was sporting a Christmas tree, topped with a giant gold star, on her head). However, this week’s dreads were reminiscent not just of a Rastafarian but the runway. They made an appearance on Max Mara’s minimalist catwalk for Spring 2012; at Karl Lagerfeld’s decadent, Indian-themed Pre-Fall 2012 presentation for Chanel, where Sam McKnight created jewelry-laden updos; and, more recently, at Junya Watanabe’s Spring 2014 show—with a look inspired by those (hippies, ravers, et cetera) who wait for their hair to “clean itself.” Here’s hoping Gaga sends her rug out to be laundered long before that happens.