CHANEL · Le Volume Révolution de CHANEL

 

CHANEL’s original Le Volume mascara ranks as one of my personal faves, and as I’ve gone through multiple tubes of it over the years, you might say it’s my Holy Grail mascara. In my book, it’s the one I compare all others to and until now, nothing threatened to knock it off the leader board. Then back in March, I learned that the brand would be launching Le Volume Révolution de CHANEL, created with the world’s first 3D-printed mascara brush, and so I wondered: would this be the one?

 

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CHANEL Spring/Summer 2020 Haute Couture Beauty

For the recent CHANEL Spring-Summer Haute Couture Show, the nave of Paris’ Grand Palais was transformed into a cloister garden, evoking the ancient Cistercian Abbey of Aubazine, France, a place that played a key role in the life of Gabrielle Chanel. With a working fountain and abundant greenery, the models appeared from behind crisp white sheets, hung as if to capture the heat and fragrance of the garden. The setting and theme of this presentation by Virginie Viard displayed a timeless beauty and simplicity, done in homage to the fundamental narrative of the House of CHANEL. And while I was held spellbound by so many of the designs, it was the beauty look that really blew me away.

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CHANEL · Fall/Winter 2019 Haute Couture Beauty Edit

For her first solo CHANEL Haute Couture debut held this past July 2nd, Virginie Viard paid a breathtaking tribute to the House’s legacy, literally transforming the Grand Palais into a blown up rendition of Mademoiselle’s personal library. The effect was nothing short of spectacular, and while you’d think that stepping into the shoes of the late Karl Lagerfeld would be almost impossible to accomplish, Virginie Viard not only rose to the occasion beautifully, but managed to do it in a way that conveyed calm & serenity, albeit in CHANEL’s true spirit of luxurious grandeur.

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CHANEL Beauty Edit · Paris/New York Métiers d’Art 2018

The tradition began in 2002 where each December, Karl Lagerfeld began unveiling a collection dedicated to CHANEL’s Métiers d’Art — the specialist manufacturers behind the exquisite detailing found on the House’s fashion & accessories. This past December 2nd, the show was held in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art with the spectacular Temple of Dendur as backdrop, hinting at the theme of the collection itself. For an armchair archaeologist like myself, I can’t even begin to express my feelings at this fusion of two of my passions: Ancient Egypt & beauty … be still my beating heart.

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The Oscars 2017 · Beauty & Style Roundup

 

Say what you will, but the 89th Academy Awards show that aired Sunday evening will certainly go down in the books as one of the most entertaining. With an uplifting opening number performed by Justin Timberlake (this man can do no wrong), host Jimmy Kimmel was outstanding and kept the audience totally entertained throughout the evening with his trademark dry humour — no cornball jokes or cheesy skits in sight. Then there was the by-now infamous SNAFU at the very end … oy.

 

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