60 posts tagged "Karl Lagerfeld"
The latest celebrity to lend her name and style sensibilities to a fragrance is pop star and (very) fleeting Karl Lagerfeld muse Avril Lavigne. In a pre-taped video message she prepared for a group of editors yesterday, Lavigne shared an inspirational message for would-be spritzers of Black Star, her new pear, black plum, hibiscus, and dark chocolate eau: “Embrace your own uniqueness and be your own star.” We can’t help but notice, however, that she seems to be embracing Thierry Mugler’s uniqueness, channeling his Angel for not only its gourmand notes but also its five-pointed flacon (the removable dog-collar ring/pendant around the neck of the bottle is all her own). But since mimicry is the highest form of flattery, we’ll just call it an homage. For those of you who like a more opulent composition in your celebrity fragrance offerings, Mariah Carey’s tuberose, gardenia, and musk scent, Forever, launches next month.
“I was told by Karl [Lagerfeld] that the collection mainly included black, white, pink, and a dash of jade,” creative director of makeup Peter Philips said of the inspiration for the look he created backstage at Chanel yesterday. Keeping models’ faces “graphic but soft at the same time,” Philips translated these colors into cosmetic terms, designing black and white lash embellishments brought to fruition by artisans at the Lesage embroidery atelier in Paris, adding coral pink accents to eyes and cheeks, and applying a few coats of a jade nail color to fingertips. “I love to work very soft around the eye with gray-green or light pink shadows, putting the focus on the nails with a red or a dark jade,” Philips divulged, adding that the flip side of this technique also works well: “You can also go for something strong around the eye, like a dramatic gloss, with a subtle nail in pearl or soft jade.” Luckily, both options will—fingers crossed—be available when his new Fall color collection launches this summer. On tap: an eye gloss quad that features four iconic shades associated with the brand in black, rouge-noir, pearl, and gold (a palette for which Philips admits to having a “soft spot” that we will no doubt develop, too). And while the green nails he sent down the runway were created just for the presentation, Philips is known for using the catwalk as a preview for limited-edition cult nail colors to come (the Moscow collection, anyone?) so we can only hope a lacquer in vert is in the works for public consumption.
Enjoying a special brand of fashion-darling status, as seen mostly in avant-garde Euro glossies and the occasional indie mag stateside, the Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto has been something of a fixture in Paris, popping up front-row—and with a signature set of black nails—at Loewe, Sonia Rykiel, and Karl Lagerfeld, among other shows. Here she is with Jeremy Scott, rocking a retro cat eye and a very vivid red lip stain. Thoughts on her future as beauty icon?
Being a brand spokesperson for Chanel extends beyond lending your image to a fragrance ad here and there. As the face of Coco Mademoiselle, Keira Knightley also makes appearances at certain Chanel functions, such as yesterday’s Couture show in Paris, where the 24-year-old screen star naturally showed up in a head-to-toe Karl Lagerfeld creation, with a glossy new haircut to boot. Knightley’s eye-grazing fringe called to mind Jane Birkin in her glory days, but her makeup look was 100 percent modern. Makeup artist Kay Montano tended to the actress preshow with an arsenal of Chanel products. “I thought Keira’s makeup should be very ingenue in contrast to her traditional attire,” Montano said of Knightley’s mauve eyes, natural flush, and nude/pink lip. Below, the face painter cues us in on what she used to get the look.
Montano kept Knightley’s skin very translucent with Chanel Vitalumière sheer foundation in Clair, followed by a light dusting of Poudre Universelle in Beige to give her a soft, matte texture. She then applied Chanel’s new Fandango blush, a beige-y peach, to the cheeks for a natural flush.
After liberally smudging a brown eye pencil around her lash line, Montano applied a Chocolate Plum shadow from Les 4 Ombres in Mystic Eyes onto Knightley’s lids, completing the look with liquid liner on her top lash line, extended to a flick at the ends. A few coats of Exceptionnel de Chanel Mascara in black topped it all off.
Combining touches of the beige, brick, and pink shades from Chanel’s new, limited-edition Lèvres Signées Chanel satin lip cream palette, Montano created an intricate version of the classic nude lip with flecks of warm color.
“Mis en beauté,” said Peter Philips, Chanel’s creative director of makeup, in reference to the look he created behind the Rue Cambon storefront facade constructed inside the Grand Palais. The Frenchism, which translates closest to “bringing out the best in a woman,” meant an all-natural palette, intended to exude an image that was “chic, sophisticated, but not too made up.” In other words, very Lee Miller, who Karl Lagerfeld referenced as an inspiration. To achieve the look, Philips gave light, translucent skin just a touch of warmth while keeping lips nude, using standout products from his spring cosmetics collection like Chanel Joue Contraste blush in Fandango and Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color in Mythic. A darkened brow, mascara just at the roots of lashes, and a bit of shading on the eyes courtesy of a metallic gray color that fell somewhere in between silver and gunmetal added subtle drama. Also previewed at the show was a new soft pink/Champagne nail lacquer, which will likely fly out of stores come January as quickly as headset-clad producers herded models down the sidewalk, er, runway.
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel