Still from new Chanel No. 5 film starring Gisele Bündchen. All images courtesy of Chanel.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s been more than 10 years since Baz Luhrmann produced one of the first advertising-driven short films for Chanel. It was titled No. 5 The Film and starred Nicole Kidman and Rodrigo Santoro. In the 180-second-long movie, Kidman’s character is seen running down the street in a fabulous pink dress trying to escape her A-list life. She hops into a cab with a stranger and soon they are in each other’s arms. After their brief love affair, she returns to her life in the spotlight. As she walks down a red carpet, surrounded by paparazzi, she looks back to the building rooftop adorned with the words “Coco Chanel.” Her lover is there, and they exchange knowing smiles before she turns away and walks into the bright lights.
In the latest film, The One That I Want, which I watched at an exclusive advance screening during Paris Fashion Week, the star is Gisele Bündchen and the storyline has a decidedly different twist. In this new version, which Luhrmann prefers to describe as a poem set to “You’re the One That I Want” by Lo-Fang—Bündchen’s character is a successful model who lives in a posh beach-front home outside New York. She has an adorable child and a handsome husband, played by Games of Thrones hottie Michiel Huisman. In the opening scenes, there are multiple full-body slo-mo shots of her surfing that will make you marvel that anyone has been blessed with such exquisite DNA. But as Luhrmann—who attended the press screening—said: No one can have the bod, the career, the family and the fab house without their relationships eventually fraying at the corners. The woman in the film has to choose between her work and her life, but does she run to, or away from, the man this time?
Read on to find out what Luhrmann’s Chanel woman decides to do….Read more…
You’re about to fall in love with Armani Eye & Brow Maestro
Our latest beauty installment, #OnCounterNow, profiles the hottest beauty products as they hit store shelves (and shortly thereafter, your bathroom counter). It could be a uplifting vivid lipstick, dry shampoo that spares you a shower or cuticle balm helps you look polished. But Monday can be depressing, so why not start them out with a fresh delivery of new product launches? Beauty makes us happy so we’re hoping it also brightens your spirit.
Our freelance writer Janine Falcon of BeautyGeeks traveled to a far, far away land (Paris) to interview Linda Cantello, international makeup artist for Giorgio Armani. While on the trip, she learned of one of fall’s freshest launches: a cream-based eyeshadow/eyebrow duo from the iconic beauty brand. We’re suspecting it to sell out quickly.
“If you look at beauty over the decades, the thing that really marks [each decade] more than any makeup trend is eyebrows,” says Linda Cantello, international makeup artist for Giorgio Armani Beauty. Now, brows are slightly thicker, well groomed and not so heavily made up, she says. Finding the right colour is still the most challenging step for most of us, so the Research and Development team behind Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro ($39 each), a tinted brow cream available in nine waterproof shades, tapped hair-colour experts and their techniques for mimicking natural hair hues. Fill in your arches using the brand’s Eye & Brow Applicator ($32).
Master hairstylist Eugene Souleiman creating his Buddhist-monk bowl cut.
I was a little anxious about heading backstage for Haider Ackermann’s show. It’s not like I was even going to interview him—but he’s one of my few fashion crushes. So much so that ELLE Canada’s beauty director, Vanessa Craft, jokingly describes him as my “fashion husband.” Turns out I’m not the only one who gets a little jittery around Ackermann. Wella Professionals global director, Eugene Souleiman, confided to me that he’d had no sleep and that he was feeling a little antsy before the show. “It’s going to be one of those moments when people say ‘Hey do you remember Haider Ackermann’s spring 2015 show?’ It’s a bit like when we did the McQueen show with the Kate Moss hologram. Like—whoa—holy shit. Do you know what I mean? I’m feeling a lot of pressure—more than any other show this season. I was colouring hair until 4 a.m. and then came here at 5. I’m on zero sleep. I haven’t even had time for a bloody coffee!” he said, laughing.
While Souleiman was chatting, he was slashing away at the wig carefully taped in place on the model’s head. “Haider’s collection marks a real shift for him, and we needed to make a strong statement with the hair,” he explained. “I love it; it’s almost pure and otherworldly. I based it on the hairstyle of a Buddhist monk where it’s shaved at the neck and shaped into a bowl. I’m calling it the monk buzz cut. It’s ugly hair for beautiful clothes—I think that’s very stylish. This is when having a bad hair day works.”The wigs were dyed anthracite, a teal-grey colour. After the models’ hair was flattened onto their heads, the wigs were taped on and the stylists created their own version of the Buddhist-monk bowl cut.
And how did M.A.C Cosmetics artist Yadim handle the pressure? Read more…