For its fall winter 2012 ready to wear fashion show, CHANEL dragged us into a crystalline futuristic fantasy, where “born from the stones” models were walking on a light gray sandy runway in the middle of oversized quartzes.
CHANEL creative director for make up, the avant-gardist beauty guru, Peter Philips, contributed to achieve his make up look with few inspirational key words: minerals, shading and eyebrows inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s sketch showing a face with stone-lined eyebrows.
Working with the famous embroiderer Maison Lesage to create sumptuous sets of crystallized eyebrows, Peter Philips, and his singular and remarkable application techniques, helped Lagerfeld’s sketch comes true.
Using CHANEL’s “Mat Lumière” foundation, his aspiration was a matte finished skin, shading and sculpting the face with a delicate lavender/taupe new eye shadow/blush called “Notorious” specially created for this show. The crystalline final touch is given by the nail polish shade “Frenzy”, a new marvelous shade of “Le Vernis”, as the brilliant Peter Philips accustomed us to, conceived to perfectly match “Notorious”.
Philips decided to preserve the rest of the face nude to emphasize the eyebrows. Anthracite gray sequins and pearl base, embroidered with selections of shades and mineral stones and crystals, were glued over models’ natural arcs, giving another dimension to their looks that had undeniably intrigued us regarding the next “eyebrow trend”. Our Editor in Chief had a few words after the show with Philips regarding the untapped opportunities of eyebrow embellishments. At MSQRD we admire his search for new beauty rituals such as the pearl embellishments he created for this summer, or the Middle East favorite Chanel temporary tattoos he elaborated a few seasons ago.