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Chanel couture, backstage beauty

February 15th, 2016 | by NUSU
Chanel couture, backstage beauty

If I were to impart any piece of advice to those wanting to keep up with the ins and outs of fashion week, it would definitely be to follow hair expert Sam McKnight on instagram (@sammcknight1). Although the stylists’ feed is usually a fun scroll on a normal day, with shots of his work on various magazine covers and the occasional silly selfie, McKnight became an insta-obsession last week after posting exclusive backstage photos from Chanel’s Spring/Summer show at this years’ Haute Couture week. Followers were treated to a detailed look at the hair especially designed by McKnight for the highly anticipated show at the Grand Palais in Paris, which he himself described as the ‘Chanel croissant’.

Despite the name, the style was inspired by something a little more complex than a breakfast pastry. When asked about the story behind the look, McKnight explained that head designer and creative director Karl Lagerfeld had showed him a photograph of a 1932 sculpture by Picasso, which had its hair shaped at the back. Using that design as a stepping-stone, his team spent three days making 80 large croissant shapes from wired foam that were then covered in human hair and carefully colour-matched to each of the 65 models in the show.These were then placed at the back of their heads in reference to the sculpture, with a simple middle parting and hair pushed away from the face. The skilled hair team spent two days at Chanel before the show fitting the pieces to the models to ensure they were matched to precision. Amongst those models were Lagerfeld’s favourite it-girls of the moment Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Lindsay

Wixon, who McKnight used to show off his hair wizardry in a few of his instagram posts on the day.

A handful of these photos also displayed the makeup look from the show, which included a graphic eye complimented by a peach-toned blush and lipstick that was created by makeup artist extraordinaire Tom Pecheux.

The main focus of the look was undoubtedly the striking eyeliner, which was swept in two lines above and below the eye. With the rest of the makeup having been kept simple with a splash of natural colour, this allowed the eyes to be amplified and made for an effective catwalk creation.

Chanel’s own makeup range offer a couple of eyeliners that would allow you to recreate this bold look for yourself, including the Precision Eye Definer in 001 Noir. Described as an eye pencil with intense and long wearing colour, this product would be perfect for drawing the precise lines demonstrated at the show. For a good high-street alternative, try Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes waterproof kohl eyeliner for a modest £3.99. All you need is a steady hand, and if that fails a cotton bud to clean up any mistakes! So if you wake up one morning and feel particularly high fashion, get that croissant in your hair, sweep on the graphic liner and channel your inner Kendall.

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