CHANEL Beauty Edit · Cruise 2020/2021 Collection

CHANEL’s recent Balade En Méditerranée Cruise Collection for 2020/21 was supposed to take place on the island of Capri … until it got sidetracked by the pandemic. So for the first time in the brand’s history, the collection was launched digitally and the looks were created using fabric and materials that were already on hand. That said, trust CHANEL to have totally brought it just the same.

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“The makeup for Cruise was all about freshness and the glow of the girls having been out in the Mediterranean on an early summer day. It was all about bringing out the light through the texture of the skin by using a mixture of very transparent foundation, balm, creamy cheeks and subtle shadows. A very natural enhanced version of the model’s own beauty. ” – Lucia Pica, Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer for CHANEL

The skin was prepared with Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux, Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum, and Hydra Beauty Caméllia Water Cream

FACE: Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint, Palette Essentielle, Poudre Universelle Libre, Les Beiges healthy Glow Gel-Touch Foundation, Éclat Lumière

EYEBROWS: Stylo Sourcils Waterproof, Le Gel Sourcils

EYES: Les 4 Ombres N°308 Clair-Obscur, Stylo Ombre Et Contour N°12 Contour Clair, Le Volume Révolution de CHANEL N°10 Noir

CHEEKS: Palette Essentielle, Baume Essentiel – Transparent

LIPS: Le Crayon Lèvres N°156 Beige Naturel, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm – Warm (Les Beiges Summer of Glow Collection 2020)

NAILS: La Base, Le Vernis de CHANEL N°167 Ballerina, Le Gel Coat

Personally, I found the beauty created for the show spot-on: not only are the looks 100% wearable, but appropriate for the theme and truly enhance the models’ natural beauty without covering it all up. Don’t get me wrong; I love a theatrical look on occasion, but as this is a summer inspired collection, anything more than what Lucia Pica did here, would most certainly have been overkill.

Inspired by the glitterati who used to descend onto the Italian & French Rivieras in the 60s, this collection debuted on CHANEL’s digital platform last Monday — a far cry from the usual seaside locales of past Cruise collections (ie: Havana, Seoul). This is Virginie Viard’s second Cruise offering as Director for CHANEL and apart from the change in presentation, the luxury label also opted to use fabrics already in stock, as well as recycling pieces from the Spring 2020 collection. The entire collection harkens back to a more carefree time, with pieces that can work from a day spent frolicking at the beach … then heading out to dinner, all with just a few little tweaks. Personally, I am down for anything with a beachy/boho/gypsy vibe and I can absolutely visualize myself wearing every single item pictured. Now if only I could afford them all . Sigh

Can we also talk about her glorious tan?

Thrown over a bikini then ready for clubbinga perfect example of gypsy influence

A sheer beach coverup that’s elegant enough for evening. Genius

The perfect casual look for a cooler summer evening. And that baby blue bag….LOVE

So now I need to hunt down these sandals

Another perfect example of casual married to luxe. Also, that belt

I’m actually obsessed with this ENTIRE look. OBSESSED

Exquisite tailoring on the shorts & how adorable is this little cage bag?

The green beaded evening bag I never knew I needed until now

The perfect beach/clubbing bag: all you need is a credit card & a lip balm, no?

Loving the oversized black chain & double C’s

Shades with a built in visor — I would so totally rock this on the tennis court

Micro-CHANEL; not very useful, but so dang cute

Elevating the picnic basket to new heights

All images CHANEL

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