Despite the temporary closure of the iconic Grand Palais – the vast museum complex that usually houses Chanel’s shows – Virginie Viard’s Fall/Winter 2021’s creations still came to life on the runway, albeit in a more intimate, scaled-back way. Inspired by the shows staged by the late Karl Lagerfeld in the 70s, where models would get themselves dressed and made-up in restaurants across Paris, Viard opted for the legendary Left Bank nightclub Chez Castel to showcase her ‘Coco Neige’ collection.
“I love contrasts, so for the more voluminous winter pieces, I wanted a small space. I don’t know if this is because of the times we live in, but I wanted something warm, lively,” Viard explains. “I imagined the models doing a show for themselves, going from room to room, crossing each other in staircases, piling their coats up in the cloakroom, and going up to the next floor to get changed. And I thought of the shows that Karl would tell me about, back in the day, a long time ago, when the models would dress themselves and do their own makeup”.
Speaking of makeup, it was all about that 70s vibe, with modern-disco eye makeup reigning supreme. Think: kohl-rimmed eyes, smudged, smokey shadow, and hazy, blurred lines. Or, in other words, makeup that looked like it had been on all night long…
As always, Lucia Pica’s creation perfectly complemented the collection. To bring ‘contrast’ to the beauty look, bold brows and eyes were offset by natural, smooth skin. Blemishes and imperfections were touched up with the ‘Le Correcteur De Chanel’ concealer and skin was given a luminous matte finish thanks to the ‘Ultra Le Teint’ compact foundation. Cheeks were then subtly sculpted with a dusting of the ‘Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder’ for some soft definition, and lips were given just a hint of color with a slick of the new ‘Rouge Coco Bloom in Dream’.
But, of course, all eyes were on those eyes, which were heavily lined with the ‘Le Crayon Kôhl Eye Pencil in Noir’ that was smudged out for a lived-in, smokey feel. On some models, this was made even more intense with the darkest shade from the ‘Modern Glamour’ eyeshadow palette being used to coat the entire eyelid. Whichever look you’ll be rocking this fall/winter, one thing’s for sure – when it comes to loading on the liner, there’s no such thing as too much.
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