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65 posts tagged "Karl Lagerfeld"

Nailing It At Chanel

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As readers of this blog know, we are somewhat nail obsessed. Certain shows during fashion month provide more excitement in this arena than others, but we particularly hold our breath for Chanel, where artistic director of makeup Peter Philips never disappoints. Philips’ Jade color from Fall had the blogosphere abuzz long before he even decided to put it into production (it hits stores this month). For Spring, it appears he has gone gray. We noticed the warm, mauve-y polish—dubbed Particulière—during Karl Lagerfeld’s hoedown yesterday, but when we spotted it on Dree Hemingway later in the night, it was somehow that much more lust-worthy. Hemingway, who walked in the show, chose to keep the lacquer on post-presentation and rocked it with a cropped fur jacket to the Fendi’O party for Pixie Lott. It bows in January and will fit in well with next season’s neutral nail palette. Thoughts on the color?

Photo: Gianni Pucci / GoRunway.com; Venturelli/WireImage

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

Makeup For The Marchesa

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Painted, sketched, and photographed by seemingly just about every famous artist in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Marchesa Luisa Casati has been many things to many people. The eccentric, flame-haired beauty who wore snakes as necklaces and pranced cheetahs in diamond collars through the streets of Paris, Milan, and Capri played living muse to Man Ray and Salvador Dalí, and she’s inspired countless contemporary designers. Galliano, Lagerfeld, and Armani have all dedicated collections to her, as did Tom Ford during his tenure at YSL, and where do you think Georgina Chapman got the name for her fancy dress label? Now the Marchesa has taken her rightful position as beauty icon with not one but two different makeup collections created in her image. The enormous, dark-rimmed eyes Peter Philips whipped up for the Chanel Cruise show were a direct shout-out to Casati’s own sultry aesthetic, while makeup artist Napoleon Perdis channeled the provocateur for his fall color range. His Divine Marchesa collection just debuted with a Boudoir Mist Spray Foundation in five shades; an opulent Dramatic Eye Shadow Quad; Black Sapphire, a matte black nail color; and Ravishing Rose Lip Shine, a vermilion lip stain in a black rose-shaped trinket. It’s enough to pull off a very convincing Casati—live python jewelry not included.

Photo: Courtesy of Napoleon Perdis

Karl And Lara’s Crimson Ties

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While we’ve been waiting for our local newsstand to get its stock of our favorite Euro glossies’ September issues, we’ve had plenty of domestic offerings with which to busy ourselves. One of our favorite spreads thus far comes from Bazaar‘s take on fall fashion, for which the mag enlisted something of a power trio to interpret the season’s best looks. Karl Lagerfeld is behind the camera, Christine du Puys is on makeup duty, and a ginger-haired Lara Stone plays muse in the Venetian-inspired story. Her huge, ruby red lips remind us of the makeup at Alexander McQueen’s opinion-dividing show. Stone’s pout doesn’t necessarily need augmentation, but a little Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Red Stockings certainly doesn’t hurt. Are you feeling the pic as much as we are?

Photo: Karl Lagerfeld for Harper’s Bazaar, September 2009

Rinko Kikuchi, Golden Girl

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It’s not hard to understand why actress Rinko Kikuchi is a Lagerfeld muse: the cheekbones, those bangs, that unmistakable Japanese street style combined with a couture flair. Judging by her makeup at the Madrid premiere of her latest film, Maps of the Sounds of Tokyo, Chanel’s artistic director of makeup, Peter Philips, would be wise to take notice, too. Kikuchi wore a layered lip to spruce up a simple black dress, pressing gold pigment on top of a brick red lipstick for texture and a prismatic effect. We’ll definitely be looking for her at the Grand Palais this October. Thoughts on the look?

Photo: Fotonoticias / Wire Image