Runway rundown: Beauty at Chanel Cruise Collection 2021/22
By Helene Ravlich
On May 4, the beautiful, nearly monochromatic Chanel Cruise 2021/22 collection debuted with a virtual show at the Carrières de Lumières in France. For the ultra-graphic collection designer Virginie Viard drew inspiration from Provence, the beautiful region in the south of France that includes the hills of Les Baux-de-Provence. She set the collection in the Carrières de Lumières (Quarries of Light) in Les Baux – a series of chalky, cave-like rooms and quarries that poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau used as a setting for his achingly beautiful film, ‘The Testament of Orpheus’. In fact, the Chanel outing was inspired by the 1960 film, and had an otherworldly feel to match.
Every detail of the show was meticulously planned, and the makeup to match by Lucia Pica was no exception. The models’ makeup looks, created using all Chanel beauty naturellement, added drama and shadow, while also being remarkably wearable with just a few tweaks.
After prepping the skin using the Hydra Beauty Micro-Sérum and Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream, Pica and makeup teams backstage created a base using the brand’s iconic Les Beiges Teint Belle Mine Naturelle Hydratation Et Longue Tenue in a colour match for the models’ natural tones, with Le Correcteur de Chanel used to cover any imperfections.
Bold brows were groomed and shaped courtesy of the Stylo Sourcils Waterproof brow pencil, while a rosy blush was added to cheeks thanks to Joues Contrastes in the shade ‘Rouge Profond’. Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof eyeliner and Le Volume Révolution de Chanel mascara made for a dark and dramatic eye look that stood out against the radiance of models’ skin, while for lips the MUAs combined Rouge Coco Bloom in the shade ‘Dream’ with Rouge Coco Gloss in ‘Aphrodite’.
The hair looks were as individual as the models themselves, but with a refreshingly insouciant, punk vibe. The work of super stylist Damien Boissinot, tousled waves were teased into an undone look, and natural hair celebrated rather than restrained. The ends of fringes were raw and lived in, making for a real way look straight from the runway.