Many would agree that the widespread fascination with the iconic bust of Queen Nefertiti discovered in 1912 is what propelled eyeliner into the 20th Century. Mimicking the thick, black line of kohl that outlined the ancient Egyptian queen’s almond-shaped eyes, it did not take long for eyeliner to become symbolic of notable beauty icons of our time—from Twiggy to Brigitte Bardot, and most recently, the season’s runway models sporting regal looks.
AN ARTIST’S PALETTE
Magnificently set against the backdrop of 10 BC Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we saw more than just a meeting of the Old Kingdom and the New World in the graphic kohl-lined eyes at the Chanel Paris-New York Métiers d’Art ’19 show.
Not your average eyeliner look, Chanel’s global creative make-up and colour designer Lucia Pica carefully deconstructed and exaggerated the classic cat-eye for all 80 of the models who walked the Métiers d’Art runway—including Chanel ambassador Pharrell Williams. The beauty concept was a contemporary take on the cat-eye. “The black and white are the beginning of colours; blue and gold were picked from the collection as per Karl Lagerfeld’s request,” said Pica of the palette.
“I wanted to give a more abstract futuristic feel,” she said, “Ancient but modern.” And indeed it was. The look sported by men and women alike