53 posts tagged "Karl Lagerfeld"
Karl Lagerfeld has been a very busy man of late. In addition to designing six Chanel collections a year as well as his own ready-to-wear line, Herr Karl’s got beauty collaborations lined up out the wazoo. A year after its announcement, Paper Passion, his fragrance project with Wallpaper magazine that’s meant to smell like old books (and comes packaged in a hollowed-out tome for an extra dose of kitsch), has finally made its grand online debut; and now comes more news about his forthcoming cosmetics collection with Shu Uemura. After the Japanese makeup brand heard that the legendary designer only sketches with its eye and lip pencils—”other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colors,” according to Lagerfeld—they put two and two together and enlisted the creative genius to come on board for a capsule collection that was announced in June. Said 17-piece line is reportedly inspired by Mon Shu Girl, an original Lagerfeld drawing that embodies his vision of a Japanese manga, “an Eastern, perfect, mysterious, modern beauty.” All of the packaging bears the same illustration and will include palettes, four lip colors, two pairs of false eyelashes—one of which is made from fabric—a slew of nail polishes sold with corresponding nail stickers, and—brace yourself—a new take on the classic Shu lash curler. For those of you who own one of the brand’s 24-karat gold tools and are wondering what looks best next to one limited-edition Shu curler, the answer is: another limited-edition Shu curler. A bit of retail wisdom for the American-based Shu fans out there looking to get in on this exciting fall launch: Even though the brand shut down its stateside retail stores two years ago, it’s still very much available online. [WWD]
The idea behind the beauty look for Chanel’s Fall Couture show started as it always does. “I just got a sketch,” the brand’s creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, told us last week when we had the pleasure of chatting with him about Miroir, Miroir, his latest video vignette starring a range of Chanel products. The sketch expressed Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration for the show: new vintage. “I took some [basics] and twisted them in subtle way,” Philips says of his approach, which focused on familiar makeup elements—a smoky eye, an eyeliner and blush application, a French manicure—made modern.
Starting with a clean base, the face painter concentrated most of his attention on lids, crafting a “blue/gray metallic eye” that began with a dusting of Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft-Touch Eyeshadow in Furtif that Philips swept across the upper lash line through the crease and dragged underneath the lower lash line. To that, he applied a thick, “bulky” scrawl of black liner, which he topped off with a few swipes of Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Black and an etching of its Kohl Liner in Clair, a pale beige, that he traced along the inner rims to open the eyes a bit. Blending a swirl of Chanel Joues Constraste Blush in Rose Initial onto the apples of models’ cheeks, albeit “a bit higher than usual,” Philips finished the face with a neutral pout that he framed with its Lip Liner in Natural and filled in with its Rouge Allure lipstick in Evanescente.
The show’s theme was best realized through Sam McKnight’s silver-lined, forties-era hair nets and the nails, where Philips took the idea of the classic French manicure and gave it a touch of now, thus ushering in Chanel’s first foray into fashion’s continued embrace of the nail art revival. “When we were playing around with the idea of doing a nail polish, we evoked the idea of using two shades on one nail,” Philips explained, employing a discontinued chrome color that launched in 2007 to outline the entire nail bed, rather than just the tip, which had been lacquered with two coats of May, a melon varnish from the Spring 2012 show. “[New vintage] is…preparation for something that could last,” Lagerfeld explained to our intrepid runway reporter following the show, which we’ll take as a sign that nail art isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. At least now we have a new design to challenge our manicurist with.
Karl Lagerfeld is teaming up with Shu Uemura to launch a limited-edition range of pigments inspired by the designer’s love of the Japanese-born brand, whose products he exclusively uses when sketching. “Other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colors,” he says. Except for Chanel, right? [WWD]
First came the spokesperson gigs for diet pills and burger joints, then the signature scents and skincare brands, and now the sisters Kardashian are teaming up on their very own makeup line. Khroma Beauty will “resonate strongly with multiethnic women of all ages who aspire to the Kardashian style of beauty.” Be afraid. [NYDN]
Daphne Groeneveld is the new face—and body—of Dior’s Dior Addict fragrance. See her scantily clad frame in a series of teaser videos for the scent’s full-length cinemercial, due out later this month. [Fashion Etc]
Jessica Chastain has been named the new face of Yves Saint Laurent’s forthcoming fragrance, Manifesto. It’s her first beauty contract—and was really only a matter of time. [WWD]
Curly girls haven’t gotten a big runway shout-out since the Spring 2011 shows, when Guido Palau put tightly wound, brushed-out ringlets back on the map at both of Marc Jacobs’ presentations in New York. It was a special moment for the kinky-haired masses, as the high-fashion tribute signified a return to texture. Lindsey Wixson walked those shows two years ago, and apparently remembers the rush of rickracking. The supermodel sported a similar, albeit softer and looser adaptation, last night to toast Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld at Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket book launch in Soho. It’s a gorgeous look on the typically straight-haired stunner—even more so without the bleached brows and heavy makeup, don’t you think?
Staging the Chanel Cruise show at Versailles meant that hairstylist Sam McKnight and the house’s creative director of makeup Peter Philips’ beauty look was slightly predetermined: Think powdered, embellished wigs, rosy cheeks, painted lips—the kind of coifs and makeup befitting the storied French palace. But seeing as how Karl Lagerfeld’s go-to glam squad was viewing the iconic location through the designer’s singular mind, there were some unexpected twists and turns along the way.
“It’s pink makeup,” Philips admitted of the coordinating shades of Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Rose Favorite, its Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Pétale, and its Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Evasion, which he swiped onto lids, cheeks, and mouths respectively. “[But] it’s between girly and rebel,” he continued, lining the inner rims of eyes with Chanel’s taupe-y beige Le Crayon Khôl eyeliner in Clair, slightly enhancing brows and deliberately avoiding a heavy base so skin didn’t look too “historical.”
A few additional elements kept things in the here and now. While McKnight busied himself affixing Dutch boy bobs in different chalky pastel shades to long, bow-tied ponytails, Philips placed black velvet Chanel logo “beauty spots” onto models’ faces, high on the cheekbones and under the eye on either the left or right side of the face. “Last minute I added a subtle highlight with Mouche de Beauté,” Philips explained of a customized highlighter that provided the final touch—and will be included with the bold pink eye shadow in a forthcoming line called Collection Versailles de Chanel, bien sûr.