Thursday, July 07, 2011

Behind the Scenes at the Chanel Couture Show

Thursday, July 07, 2011
In case it wasn’t clear from the glistening black backdrop and the neon-lit replica of the Place Vendôme that set the stage for last night’s Chanel Couture presentation, a dramatic, evening-inspired theme helped guide the beauty look created by the house’s creative director of makeup, Peter Philips. “Karl mentioned the masculine/feminine silhouette, the fact that we were going to do a show at night—and the flashlight shoes,” Philips elaborated, pointing out the boot tips that glowed with violet light. “That’s where the veil/burglar idea came from.” He meant the lace overlays that coiffing star Sam McKnight placed across models’ eyes and secured in a pinned-down mass of coiled strands behind each ear.

Covered as they were, Philips’ still focused on lids seen through the latticework of the makeshift masks. After creating a base with Chanel Vitalumière Aqua foundation, Philips added a velvety peach cheek using Chanel’s new Joues Contraste blush in Rose Ecrin. Then he broke out his big launch for fall, the delectably textured Illusion d’Ombre eye shadow in Mirifique, “a pitch black with starlight sparkles,” he described of the precise color that he took across lids and underneath the lower lash line in a large elongated shape, “for eyes that see in the dark.” Finishing touches came in the form of Chanel Le Vernis in Blue Satin, a timeless dark navy lacquer, and a slick of Rouge Allure Velvet in La Furtive, a creamy shade of sandy pink—”perfect for stealing kisses,” Philips joked.

Courtesy of, as told to Celia Ellenberg

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