Monday, December 16, 2013

Love it: Chanel’s Métiers d’Art Show 2013-14 Paris-Dallas



For more than a decade, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has picked a city linked to the house for the theme of the show staged each December to highlight the work of its artisans - the Métiers d’Art Show.
The inspiration for Chanel's Metiers d'Art travelling fashion show this year came from Dallas, the Texan city where Coco Chanel was once given a warm welcome that included being picked up at the airport in a white Rolls-Royce and feted at a Western-themed party complete with a catwalk featuring cows (love the attention to detail !). Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel visited at the invitation of Stanley Marcus, who led Neiman Marcus, the Dallas-based luxury retailer founded by his family.


This year’s show, held at Dallas' Art Deco exhibition venue Fair Park, began with the premiere of a film written and directed by Lagerfeld titled, 'The Return,' retracing the steps of Coco Chanel as she reopened her Paris couture house in 1954 after shuttering it as Europe entered World War II. Her return wasn't that well received by the French press, but was embraced by the Americans. Neiman Marcus was among those that lauded her return, with a special appreciation for the suits that her name is now synonymous with.
For the show, the legendary Peter Philips created a beauty look that was destined to stun, and featured a few new product lines that we’re all about to get seriously obsessed with. Skin was prepped with Hydra Beauty before Perfection Lumiere Velvet - a new foundation launching in April 2014 - was applied along with touches of Eclat Lumiere, Correcteur Perfection and a dusting of Poudre Universelle Libre.
Les 4 Ombres in "Tissé Gabrielle" (N°208) – a new eyeshadow creation launching in June 2014 - was then used to highlight the peepers, along with Stylo Yeux Waterproof in
"Noir Intense" (N°88) and Le Crayon Khol in "Clair" (N°69). Add to that the likes of Mascara Le Volume de Chanel in "Black" (N°10) and brows groomed to perfection with Le Sourcil de Chanel, and cheeks left beautifully nude and fresh.
Lips featured Rouge Coco Baume, whilst nails were adorned with a shade specially and exclusively created for the show… that will be undoubtedly be WANTED from here on in!

* all photos Vincent Lappartient *

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