Chanel Fall-Winter 2011-2012 Couture Show: Magic in the Paris Night

July 5, 2011

The Invitation

On July 5, 2011, Chanel showed its Fall-Winter 2011-12 Couture Collection at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. Unlike other shows, this one started at 10:00 p.m., in keeping with the show’s theme of the starry night.  The stage was set with a stylized reproduction of the monument from the Place Vendome topped by a statute of Coco Chanel.  The ceiling had subtle lights to resemble stars. The interior of the Grand Palais was darkened, highlighted with neon accents and twinkled like Paris at night.  In a whimsical touch, the models wore sheer lace masks over their eyes.  Some wore illuminated lights on their shoes that seemed to simulate headlights on the city streets.

The clothes had a touch of sparkle and shine–many blacks, an occasional bright violet-fuchsia, and a touch of sheen to nearly everything.

This look captures many of the trends seen in Paris tonight–the classic Chanel jacket shape, the use of the peplum, longer lengths, boots and fingerless gloves.

 The hat seems to be a reference to Coco Chanel’s start as a milliner–the classic boater shape touched with features and lace:

Evoking the classic Chanel suit, noting the peplum effect over the skirt:

The runway glistened like a rainy street.  Fantasy and practicality–who wouldn’t love to wear these through the winter:

More subtle shimmer:

The classic box suit has returned, remade for this era:

 Smoldering eyes above this touch of color and sparkle (do not miss the sparkling boots):

 Black on black over halogen lights:

Chanel full length gown, in a classic cream and black touched with fingerless lace gloves:

I’m infinitely intrigued by this Chanel wedding gown:

On the runway, we can see the very heavy eyeliner, soft color on cheeks and soft pink-peach nude lips.  The heavy eyeliner gave a strong eye look even through the lacy veil:

According to Peter Philips, Chanel’s creative director of makeup, the models started with Chanel Vitalumière Aqua foundation.  Philips then added Chanel’s Joues Contraste blush in Rose Ecrin (reviewed here).

He then used Illusion d’Ombre eye shadow in Mirifique (reviewed here), “a pitch black with starlight sparkles,” he described of the precise color that he took across lids and underneath the lower lash line in a large elongated shape, “for eyes that see in the dark.”


He also used Rouge Allure Velvet in La Furtive, a creamy shade of sandy pink—”perfect for stealing kisses,” Philips joked.  These are due for sale in the U.S. in August 2011.

The final effect:

By the way, Mirifique is a fabulous, long-lasting product and well worth adding to your collection for a beautiful evening eyeliner.

I sort of love that currently available items were used here. It helps give me ideas about how to combine Illusion Ombre shadows with a lovely, clean look (although with much less liner for my everyday life).

On nails, Chanel Le Vernis in Blue Satin:

Photos from Chanel News, Vogue.  Beauty product description from

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  • Hopelessly Devoted To Makeup July 6, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Look at that eye makeup – it’s simply stunning! I also already love that Chanel polish. Oh Chanel you outdo yourself all the time. How is that even possible?

  • Eli July 6, 2011 at 1:53 am

    The catwalk and the decorum are great!

  • Jackie July 6, 2011 at 3:44 am

    LOVE!!! Gorgeous!

    • Jackie July 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Thanks for the quick updates Amy! You are amazing. I haven’t wore Blue Satin in a while and forgot how stunning it is! When I first saw the pictures I was hoping it was a repromote of Ciel de Nuit!

  • Frances July 6, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Oh, how lovely! That new nail polish looks stunning!

  • Eileen July 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I cant’t help but laugh every time I see fingerless gloves shown on the runway. They remind me of my arthritis gloves! Not only do I look cool when I go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, but now I’ll look cool à la Coco! Oh là là!

    • Amy July 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

      I love it Eileen! 🙂

  • lexi July 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Gorgeous – I cannot wait for this to come out in August. I love that this is achieved with just a smudge eye liner. I wonder how their blue polish compares to the Dior blue polishes for Fall.

  • Jen July 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Here is the link to watch courtesy of W Magazine:

    • Amy July 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Awesome! Thank you Jen!

  • Geek Faerie July 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I just picked up Blue Satin! I wonder if that will be the must have color this fall?

  • Marina July 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    OMG i didn’t know you were back! I’m really happy you are! I didn’t even check back because you closed so decisively. Please don’t scare us like that again!

    • Amy July 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Oui cherie! I got it now! 🙂