Overnight in Paris, the Chanel Metiers d’art 2019/2020 show played out in the Grand Palais. It was a wonderous, awe-inspiring affair, designed to pay homage to the artistic intricacies that take place in the sacred walls of the brand’s many ateliers. The collection itself was magic: sumptuous fabrics decorated with ornate finishes, layers upon layers of brilliant jewels and an impractical but incredibly beautiful handbag fashioned out of a bird cage. For Virgine Viard, it was an exceptional follow-up from the creative genius of Karl Lagerfeld, and being Chanel, the spectacle extended far beyond the clothes.
To compliment the couture was an exquisite hair and makeup portfolio. There were celestial silver eyes, crystal embellishments and high gloss berry lips so perfect it was as if they were applied digitally. In its very essence, it was glamorous and French; the perfect amalgamation of the Parisian beauty cliché. But who is the Chanel woman when she’s not on the runway? She’s seated by Bar Hemingway at the Ritz, sipping from a flute of the finest Champagne. It’s December, so there’s a soft flurry of snow dusting the Place Vendôme outside. Silver Bells by Bing Crosby plays in the background, and the warm glow of Christmas lights illuminate every storefront, every lamppost, every brasserie. It’s the Paris of movies, of literature and of Christmas. And she takes it all in quietly, thoughtfully, and obviously dressed in Chanel.
To be that Chanel women with the silver eyes is mostly a dream, but that doesn’t mean we can’t steal a product or two inspired by the occasion. For lids, try Ombre Premiere Powder Eyeshadow in Titane in soft fluid strokes from corner to corner. Do as the French do and use your fingers. If lips are your preference, Chanel’s Rouge Allure in Pirate is similar to what you can see on the runway – add a gloss on top for extra shine. Skin is, as always, natural and pared-back with only a subtle gloss on the cheekbones. Lashes are defined but not obvious, while cheeks are left clean – because a brisk walk through down Avenue Montaigne is all the flush you need. And the final touch? A velvet headband, just like Kaia Gerber. Oh, and a final glass of Champagne. Très bien!