Karl Lagerfeld has never been to India. Doesn't matter -- he's designed an exquisite line inspired by a range of Indian dress and adornment for the Chanel Metiers d'Art 2012 collection, Paris-Bombay.
The show is gorgeous, festooned with glittering crystal, pearls and beads. Exotic khol-rimmed eyes, long lashes and jewelled bindis heighten the effect.
Love this bold, smudgy black-rimmed eye that still manages to look fresh. Semi-matte skin, natural combed brows, warm cheeks and rosy, soft-sheen lips -- even with those false lashes, this seems a wearable look.
Like maybe for a holiday party -- transform day into night by swiping black or gunmetal shadow all around the eye socket, just above the crease, extending bluntly at the outer corners and running a fat smudge along the lower lashlines. Finish with black liner along top and bottom inner rims. Flushed cheeks and hint-of-pink lips keep the finish youthful.
Here's the actual show makeup lineup designed by Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup. It'll be available in June as the "Bombay Express" collection, and includes a nail polish called Diwali.
Hydra Beauty Serum, part of the new Hydra Beauty skincare that replaces Hydra Max in early 2012
Perfection Lumiere, available in March 2012 in Canada
Compact Powder in "Route des Indes de Chanel," exclusive to this collection
Illusion d'Ombre in Nirvana, exclusive to this collection
Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Ebene (N°10)
Le Crayon Khol in Black (N°61)
Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
Mascara Inimitable Waterproof in Black (N°10)
Chanel Lash Curler
Joues Contraste blush in Brume d'Or (N°03)
Rouge Coco Shine in Empreinte (N°437), available in Summer 2012
Le Vernis in Diwali, exclusive to this collection.
Think you'd try any of this makeup look for a holiday party?
Images courtesy of Chanel. UPDATE: some effing hack or server problem turned every letter with an accent above it into gobbledy-gook and forever erased images that accents in the name. When I have more time, I'll try to find the images that were here and put them back. #GRRR.