As far as runway shows go Chanel has the monopoly on wow-factor and never fails to disappoint with fashion and beauty extravaganzas of truly epic proportions. These style spectaculars can best be likened to meticulously-detailed movie sets, instantly transporting guests (and online viewers) into whichever magical new world Karl Lagerfeld dreams up (take Chanel Airlines at the SS16 show last year for example).
The backdrop for the Chanel Paris in Rome 15/16 Métiers d’Art Pre-Fall show which took place in December took the trend to an even greater level, taking over an actual film studio in Rome – Cinecittà – famous for such films as Roman Holiday, Ben-Hur, La Dolce Vita, Cleopatra and Gladiator. It was transformed into a not-so-little piece of Parisian paradise complete with brasserie, metro station, restaurant and newspaper boys, and saw models taking the proverbial ‘walk of shame’ in style.
But it’s the war paint we’re really interested in and thanks to a team of 34 hair and make-up artists and eight manicurists, we’ve got some amazing beauty inspiration to take us into early autumn.
Chanel’s latest and very much greatest foundation Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation SPF25 PA++ (R785) was used to provide a perfectly natural skin finish, and Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF15 PA++ (R880) doubled as a blush to create contrast and a bit of clever contouring on model’s cheeks.
Eyebrows were perfected using a brand new brow beauty that’s coming in May – Chanel La Palette Sourcils de Chanel Brow Powder Duo (R810). I received this yesterday and it wasn’t five minutes before I’d whipped it out of its velvet case and begun to sculpt my brows in the most beautiful way. Keep an eye out for this one, you’re definitely going to want to splurge on it.
A combination of shades from my favourite Chanel eyeshadow – Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow (R560) – was used to create an elegantly grungy metallic eye thanks to Fleur de Pierre (velvet) and Griffith Green from the L.A. Sunrise Collection I reviewed earlier this year. Topped off with one of the best mascaras you’ll ever use Le Volume de Chanel in Noir (R575) and a healthy dose of black glitter all around the eyes, and you have a truly striking eye look.
Tip Remember to substitute the real black glitter for a proper eyeshadow with larger glitter or shimmer particles when trying the look at home.
After prepping lips with Rouge Coco Baume (R610) to ensure a soft surface, hydration and plumpness, Chanel make-up artists used a brand new lip colour product which is launching towards the end of April in eight shades to create a softly-spoken look for lips – Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lipshine in Script (R630). This delightful new lippy combines everything I love about lip products in one glorious creation and features a hybrid formula (with apple-seed extract) that gives you the best of all worlds – the intense colour of a lipstick, the shine of a gloss and the comfort and care of a balm. It’s definitely another one for your shopping list and launches with Chanel’s new Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour (R450) and Le Gel Coat Longwear Top Coat (R450) on 21 April.
Here are a few of my favourite outfits from the new collection, available in Chanel boutiques from June. I have my eye on one of their bags which I’m hoping to save up for and purchase on my next trip to Italy.
You can watch the full beauty of the show below.