Ahoy there, Chanelophiles! Karl and crew have served up yet another Chanel extravaganza in the Grand Palais, this time constructing a real-life Cruise Ship, a clever albeit elaborate play on this year’s Cruise Collection. After being unable to find a boat, nay ship, big (or stylish enough) to host the collection on water, in true Karl fashion, Lagerfeld took his vision to dry land, ordering the construction of a 330-foot replica. The dedicated Chanel ocean liner was docked in middle of the runway and named La Pausa, after Coco Chanel’s villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – perhaps his greatest feat yet.
For her maiden voyage, Lagerfeld kept it French – very French. There were berets aplenty, stripes, white tights, pearls and blazers, which were both double-breasted and boxy – an homage to Coco Chanel’s well-documented desire to retreat to the sea (via fabulous yachts, of course). Chanel’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer was also out to sea; creating dramatic cat eyes in rich navy.
The girls – Bella, Stella, Nina and Adut – walked with iterations of the cat eye in myriad deep blues, an ode to the nautically-themed show. Its shape was a rendition of the ’60s cat eye – chunky, thick and pronounced – taking over the entire top lid and flicked out with depth at the outer edge. Its theatre was further emphasised with a bare bottom lid – not even a lick of mascara – and natural skin. Of course, some classic Chanel beauty tropes were adhered to; a kiss of rosiness on cheeks is but a must for the Chanel mademoiselle, and the apples were rounded with a generous sweeping of pink blush.
Pica’s take on the cat eye is a beautifully pelagic one, and one that is easy to mimic both on and off the shore. We’d jump ship for this.