May 162012

On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, Chanel held its Cruise 2012/13 show at the gardens at Versailles. Tents were added to the already manicured, rich setting:

The clothing played with the Marie Antoinette theme, the last queen to occupy this opulent palace:

Fitting for the cruise season, the fabrics were much more casual that the brocades worn in Marie Antoinette’s day. The looks were dramatically modernized, yet still echoed the grander era of the palace’s former days:

Some looks that turn Marie Antoinette’s era into modern, lightly worn lace and fabric:

A bathing suit and coverup:

I love this collar detail:

This skirt appears to have a gold train on the back, very rich. Note the shoes:

Another look, this with a plunging neckline fitted jacket and gorgeous bag:

As long as I’ve been following Chanel, they seem to consistently do denim in this very polished fabric (not like the long-wearing American denim, or even the more textured denims from Japan). Here, in capris:

For backstage, I’ve obtained this information from British Vogue:  After preparing skin with Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Serum, Philips created a mostly matte complexion –  contoured with the Mouche de Beaute Highlighting Powder from the new collection and bold Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Pétale. Filled-in brows were paired with dramatic pink eyes created using a new Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Rose Favorite, whilst lips were kept simple with a little Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Evasion.

The models wore heavy, arched brows. There was no new nail color this time around, all reports state that Chanel Le Vernis in Tendresse (currently available) was used. Philips also applied little “CC” beauty marks on the models.

These beauty marks are made from velvet. There are conflicting reports over whether they will be separately available for sale to the general public. My guess (and the more recent report) is “no.”

The complete list of makeup used:

  • The Complexion VITALUMIERE Moisture-Rich Radiance Fluid Makeup SPF 15
  • ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen
  • CORRECTEUR PERFECTION Long Lasting Concealer
  • POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder
  • EXCLUSIVE CREATION MOUCHE DE BEAUTE – “Versailles de CHANEL” Collection (available December 2012)
  • The Eyes LIMITED EDITION OMBRE ESSENTIELLE in Rose Favorite – “Versailles de CHANEL” Collection (available at specific point of sales in December 2012)
  • LE CRAYON KHOL Intense Eye Pencil in Clair
  • CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
  • RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler
  • The Cheeks JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Rose Pétale
  • Little black velvet CHANEL logo specially created for the show (will not be sold)
  • The Lips ROUGE COCO SHINE Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Evasion
  • The Nails LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Tendresse

The classic black bow made a re-appearance in this model’s hair:

It’s very hard to get a sense of the movement of these clothes from the still images. I’m including this little interview of Karl Lagerfeld about the show, so that you can see how lightly these are constructed (perfect for the cruise season).

Well, beauty lovers, what did we think? Did we love? Or did we love it not?


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  6 Responses to “Chanel Cruise 2012/13”

  1. Love the idea, not the execution. This is definitely a disappointment for me, as I feel this could have been amazing. Not crazy about the pink eye makeup, looks kind of sickly, and I hate the hairstyling – would expect styling that is more feminine and ethereal feeling from Chanel. I was at Versailles this time last year, and it is a magical place. Opulent and grand, of course, but beyond that, very textured, detailed, interesting, traditional and feminine… just not feeling this from the Chanel collection.

  2. I do realize that these shows are meant to provoke and inspire, but I think Lagerfeld rates an F on this one. There was the rare attractive detail here and there, but for the most part, the women’s clothes looked heavy, ackward, and costumey and the men’s outfits looked totally absurd. As for makeup, with the exception of the Ombre Essentielle in Rose Favorite, we’ve seen it all before. Sorry, Karl. You fell off the artistic beam with this one—à mon avis.

  3. I know when my favorite model, Sigrid Agren, cannot pull it off then there is no hope for a myself, a mere terrestrial. This entire collection, save a few great bags and signature jackets, is uninspired. The shoes! mon Dieu! Terrible!

  4. A part few exceptions the collection seems too costumey.
    I actually like the makeup,it’s very Marie Antoinette inspired,and i also love the wigs,they give a 20’s feel.
    But the shoes are horrible.

  5. this is disgusting… underwear under a blazer… crepe shoes… the colours… too many things going on at once. if coco saw what karl did to her brand… wow

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