Besides Dior, Chanel is one of the fashion houses we anticipate the most during Haute Couture Fashion Week. For spring, Karl Lagerfeld amazed us again when he turned the lavish Grand Palais into an enchanted forest. The venue was filled with towering trees while a wooden walkway was installed to serve as the models’ runway. Though there’s a clear nod toward romance in the collection, the atmosphere helped bring more mystery to the show. The latter came to fruition as soon as the first model began sashaying down the runway.
Besides the exorbitant silk and tulle on classic tweed dresses and imposing ball gowns that quickly caught our attention, it was the models’ uniform makeup that stole the show. The heavy-handed application of black eyeliner is pretty much a routine during fashion shows, but Chanel injected some ghoulish drama to it by exaggerating it with feathered eyelashes. There was a sense of eeriness to the beauty looks, but it blended well with the collection’s unrefined and avant-garde streak. The hairstyles were just as enthralling. Silk, lace, and feather were elegantly placed or draped over the faces of the models.
Although some critics brand the beauty looks chaotic and slept-in, Chanel — or rather Karl Lagerfeld — is one fashion institution that can turn bizarreness into beauty. Besides, haute couture is all about absolute extravagance and ruthless creativity, right?
From the background music to the 3,000 bushes, we can’t deny that Lagerfeld may have perhaps staged one of the most memorable haute couture presentations of the season. Add the fact that he’s bringing some anti-spring beauty back with the “Corpse Bride” look, and we’re really sold. How do you like the beauty look at Chanel’s couture show?
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