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“Chanelarella” Was Born On Karl Lagerfeld’s Parisian Launch Pad

Sophisticated space cadets stomp the runway

BY AMBER KALLOR

BEAUTY  -  MARCH 08

Glittery silver space boots, holographic quilted capes (perhaps inspired by the survival blankets spotted backstage during Couture) and a full-on rocket launch accompanied the intergalactic fashion fantasy that was Chanel’s Fall 2017 show this morning. To create a hair and makeup look ready for liftoff, mane master Sam McKnight and makeup artist Tom Pecheux turned to none other than “the ultimate Space Age icon”: Barbarella, an interstellar agent from the year 40,000 played by Jane Fonda in 1968. 




“The ’60s headbands and makeup demanded a big, gravity-defying shape, so Chanelarella was born,” said McKnight, who teased hair to the max (the higher the hair, the closer to the heavens), setting it with Cool Girl and Modern Hairspray from his soon-to-be-released line. While the blown-up bouffants were paired with equally exaggerated eye makeup in the form of floating liner, metallic shadow, and clumpy lashes, the hair pro said the “theatrical” package can be “easily adapted for a more down-to-earth look.” For a more subtle approach, take your cues from models like Louise Parker or Mica Arganaraz who sported bejeweled bands sans bump.




While today’s world is far from the idealistic future depicted in Barbarella, where weapons are obsolete and peace and love rule over the galaxy (though one can’t help but compare Donald Trump to the evil Durand Durand), we’ll consider this collection one small step for Karl Lagerfeld, and one giant leap for fashionkind. 

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