Chanel. In the hot tropics. What’s not to love? With a big build-up to the show starting with what seemed like the entire fashion industry Instagramming from their various hotel pools in Dubai, you knew you could always expect a big buzz around Chanel’s inter-season collection. With Dallas being a tough act to follow, Karl raised the fashion bar that little bit higher, by show-casing the collection not just in a beautiful show-space but rather his own island. Chanel Island.
Editor’s were taken by boat to view the show, which comprised of beautiful exotic prints (very Middle Eastern), petrol can handbags (totally inspired), Arabian slippers (very Princess Jasmine). From the hair, there was not one, but two hair looks created by Sam. The first was inspired by Marisa Berenson and Arabian Princesses, which Sam described as “a highly stylised idea of a late Sixties/early Seventies rich chic, brought into the modern day with a more natural, less-stiff finish.” For this look, he set about curling hair with a large-barrel tong, which he fixed with Sebastian Forte Spray, before then brushing and teasing with a Mason & Pearson brush for oversized volume. Topped up with Oribe’s Texturizing Spray at the roots for extra volume. These looks were larger than life. The second,straighter look, was blow-dried up and off the face with L’Oreal Professionnel’s Techni.Art Pli Volume Mousse and then combed high on the crown and finished with a spritz of Oribe’s Texturizing Spray. After smoothing the “bump”, the lengths were left unstyled and unbrushed, so designed by Sam to give the look more of a modern edge. Adoring each of the girls’ heads were also a myriad of different hair accessories, ranging from ‘inter-locking C’ tiaras, brooches and whole head chain pieces that were worthy of any royalty. Teamed with the make-up from Tom Pecheux, which featured flecks of real gold leaf bejewelling the inside corner of heavily smoked eyes, the whole look was a veritable Aladdin’s cave of treasure. 1,001 nights? You only need one where Chanel is concerned.