Backstage at Chanel Haute Couture, Fall 2012. Image courtesy of Chanel.
A diverse crowd that included Diane Kruger, Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola, Laetitia Casta and Clémence Poésy turned up for Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2012 show. As guests milled around the Grand Palais, they stopped to have their photo snapped in front of a painted frame (like the cloud-printed sheath you posed in front of for high school photos, just a million times cooler), which set the stage for Lagerfeld’s “New Vintage” collection.
The set for the Chanel Haute Couture show was also characteristically over-the-top. According to WWD, the collection was shown atop a double stairway and had a luxe garden party vibe. White camellia-topped trees and white wicker furniture lined a path of Chanel silk that wound its way to the staircase. A sky mural—which reportedly took over three weeks to make—served as the perfect backdrop for the collection and transformed the Grand Palais into an ethereal wonderland.
The main standout in my mind however, was the sweet-meets-strong look that Chanel’s Creative Director Peter Phillips created backstage. Phillips contrasted rosy doll-like cheeks (Chanel Joues Contrast in Rose Initial, out this fall) with a striking metallic eye that evoked an innocent but don’t-mess-with-me vibe. The retro-inspired eye was kept modern by mixing chrome and silver shadow with a light beige eye liner. Phillips used the beige liner (Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Clair) on the lower waterline to help brighten the eye area and minimize any redness.
To create the glam-rock eye at the Chanel Haute Couture fall 2012 show, Peter Phillips used:
- Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Furtif (from the fall 2012 collection
- Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eye liner in Noir Intense (from the fall collection)
- Chanel Le Crayon Khol in Clair
- Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara
- Chanel Recourbe Cils de Chanel
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