Tomorrow, Chanel launch another highly anticipated limited edition collection, Bombay Express, taking inspiration from India to evoke memories of the last days of the Raj.   

Mysterious and Rock ‘n’ Roll

When Peter Phillips, Chanel’s Beauty Creative Director, was appointed to design a collection to interpret the “iconic Indian beauty ideal” for the Chanel pre AW/12 Paris-Bombay show, much to my delight, he reached straight for the kohl.  

Anyone who is aware of Indian beauty trends, knows that there is a strong emphasis on the eyes. Phillips’ take on this look was  to create “something between mysterious and rock ‘n’ roll” where the almond-shaped black rimmed lids were the focal point. 

The look was created by using a new shade of D’Ombre in Nirvana, Chanel’s Le Crayon Kohl eyeliner and mascara in Noir for a “pitch black” finish.  Lips were nude and golden highlights were added to the cheeks and eyes using the limited-edition Route des Indes palette. Fingertips were adorned in a golden lacquer called ‘Diwali’ in homage to the festival of light.

Showcased to a backdrop that would only be fit for a king, the opulent collection of golds, creams and silvers, with the occasional burst of colour were adorned with pearls and crystals – Karl’s nod to classic Indian decadence.

Here’s the show in case you missed it…

Collection available on 27th June in Selfridges and John Lewis.

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