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Noir et Blanc de Chanel

Chanel have unveiled their AW19 beauty collection - Noir et Blanc de Chanel.

“Women think of all colours except the absence of colour. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Gabrielle Chanel

Image of woman peering into the light from the dark wearing dark red lipstick and bold black eyeliner

“Noir” and “Blanc,” the CHANEL absolutes, made elegant, timeless and iconic by Gabrielle Chanel and still the enduring signature of her House today. For Fall-Winter 2019, black and white, the ultimate symbolic (non) colours of CHANEL, are explored and reinterpreted by Lucia Pica, CHANEL Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer, for a stylized and sumptuous beauty collection.

From the formalized and abstract to the silken and sensuous, Lucia Pica infuses her new approach to these power colours of CHANEL with both an appreciation of their transcendent absolutism and an eye for the nuanced gradations of the spaces in-between.

Lucia Pica now sees these colours from the life of Gabrielle Chanel as part of a manifesto for modernity in beauty for contemporary women. Embracing the aura of the silver screen and the silver print, particularly concentrating on the gradations of colour to be found within these processes, sepias, greys and new “Rouge Noirs” emerge. Sparkling, shimmering textures add an all-over glow of glamour, while delineated and structured mattes make a more direct appeal. Altogether, the collection is a meeting of fantasy and reality, the stylized with the organic, a perfect harmony of absolutes.

“Black and white are the colours I relate most to Gabrielle Chanel; the time she lived in, the power she gave these colours, the way they appeared in her life. Black and white were in her surroundings, in the interiors, in the architecture of Paris as well as in the symbolism of her life.” Lucia Pica

The Face and Eyes

Image of range of face makeup products from Chanel featuring quad eye colour palettes
Clockwise from top left: Stylo Yeux Waterproof, Le Gel Paillete, Ombre Premiere Top Coat, Les 4 Ombres

Echoing the shimmer of the silver screen during the glamour era, the collection creates shimmer and texture through their Le Gel Paillete and Ombre Premier Top Coat. Continuing the cinematic styling, Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palette is revived and reinvigorated this season, with more sumptuous pigmentation and diffusion. The Noir Supreme palette creates velvety warm brown tones reminiscent of black-and-white photography while Modern Glamour contrasts with sparkling silver tones, chilly whites and intense matte black. 

Completing the dramatic style, Stylo Yeux Waterproof available in black and white have been developed to brighten and refresh with white tones or finish the look with intense, deep black. 

The Lips

Image of range of lipstick from Chanel
Clockwise from top left: Rouge Allure Liquid Powder, Rouge Coco Gloss, Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme

Lip colour this season is a transition from light to dark. Rouge Coco Gloss is distinct with contrast colours with Laque Noire offering a deep black cherry creating slick colour with rich shine. Crystal Clear in contrast creates a transparent top coat with subtle sparkle. 

Rouge Allure Liquid Powder creates beautifully matte colour in nature inspired shades. Timeless features a light caramel beige while Bois du Nuit is a light warm roasewood shade.

Natural shades also feature for Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme in matte finish with Rose Nocturne in a rosebud shade while Rouge Obscur is a deeper burgundy lipstain. 

The Nails

Image of Chanel black and white nail varnish bottles

Left-Right: Le Verns Pure Black Nail Varnish and Le Verns Pure White Nail Varnish

Completing the collection and in reflection to its name, nail colour creates a dramatic finish in its pure form. 

The collection arrives to Chanel counters from 2 August. Speak to the team to find out more about this and other amazing collections. 

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