Chanel Pre-Fall 2012: Paris-Bombay

7 Dec

Chanel Pre-Fall 2012

 

Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to infuse all the decadence, luxury and over-the-top theatrics of the regular show season into the smaller, less-glitzy (until now) Pre-Fall season for  Chanel.

Set in the Grand Palais in Paris, models walked a circular runway bordered by two lavishly set long banquets piled high with fruits, flowers, candelabras and there was even a silver toy train that delivered decanters of liquor to guests (according to Style.com). In other words, it was fit for a king–or, in this case, a Raj.

The theme of the show was Bombay-meets-Paris and the clothing was a perfect blend of the two cities–think classic Chanel tweed jackets with Nehru collars and done up in neon pink; metallic evening gowns cut to look like saris; and classic French silhouettes pared with elaborate traditional Indian jewelry.

The exquisite collection is quite a feat considering Lagerfeld has never actually been to India. “It’s much more inspiring not to go to places than to go,” the designer told the audience after the show, according to Style.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Chanel

 

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Would You Rather…? The Barbie vs. Rodarte Starry Night Edition

29 Oct

 

 

Rodarte for Barbie?! Think again. This Vincent van Gogh inspired Barbie and the SS12 Rodarte collection aren’t related, but they look nearly identical.

 

From the fifties silhouette of the dress, to the purple bejeweled shoes, to the model’s flipped hair and heavy eyeshadow, Barbie and Rodarte have a lot in common. And here’s the catch, van Gogh Barbie was released on June 16, 2011, three months before the  Rodarte collection was shown at New York Fashion Week. So maybe  Kate and Laura  Mulleavy should add Barbie to their list of references?

Finally! Here’s the Gareth Pugh for MAC Makeup Collection

25 Oct

Back in June, news leaked that Gareth Pugh was doing a makeup line with his long-time runway collaborator, MAC. We got to meet and chat with the designer at an event back in July, where we ogled his nail polish and learned that the packaging was like a weapon. Well, now we finally get to see it in real life.

“With a collection that goes from strong, deep and mysterious to light, fragile, and ethereal, I think we’ve created a truly versatile collection that hopefully you’ll be inspired by and want to wear.” Gareth Pugh said in a release. And based on the individual pieces and the beauty look at left, we definitely want to wear it.

It’s a pretty full collection, and includes cream shadows, LipGlass, lipsticks, powder, liners, fake lashes, and even a makeup bag. The designer was inspired by everything from a hematite rock to butterfly wings. And those angular lashes are the result of him snipping away at a bunch of fake lashes that MAC sent him with the goal of making them non-lash-shaped. And while all of the packaging still has the signature MAC black sheen, it’s done in a much heavier material with a geometric “X” in the center.

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But can we discuss the nail lacquers for a second? Gareth wore them layered and it had this amazing beetle-like finish with an iridiscent sheen. The three lacquers are Inert (creamy mid-tone grey/nude), Ascension (grey with blue violet reflective pearl), and Hyper (deep blue with violet pearl).

If you’re in North America, you can get the collection starting November 23, and internationally in December. Prices range from $15 for mascara to $75 for the makeup bag. Click through below to see all the pieces.

Lashes, FlightLash

 

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Lipglass, Outrage

 

Lipglass, Vacant

 

Lipstick, Fervent

 

Lipstick, Restrict

 

Metal X, Ardent

 

Lacquer, Ascension

 

Lacquer, Hyper

 

Lacquer, Inert

 

 

Love, GG