You know it’s officially time to ring in the holiday season when Chanel releases its annual cult-status Chanel’s Collection Libre. Injecting a chic modern aesthetic into the classic archetype of the label’s DNA, the 2018 line is nothing short of a festive fantasy. Inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel’s visual signatures and codes, the new Collection Libre 2018: Maximalisme De Chanel re-imagines classic symbols and concepts while communicating the true essence of the brand.
Evoking the joy and emotion of the holiday season, the new collection explores metallic textures, gold hues and Gabrielle Chanel’s beloved vermillion red that is the truest interpretation of the brand’s original colours.
We caught up with Chanel make-up artist Toni Malt in the recently opened Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique in Dubai Mall, who took us through a few of the collection highlights. Applying delicate eye-shadows and shimmering highlighter, it’s the bold metallic lip that is particularly arresting. Heightened, at times subversive, these are not polite pairings for the faint of heart. Designed for women who take pride in their visibility, it’s a must-try look for December soirées.
“The woman who wears Maximalisme De Chanel doesn’t hide, she loves being looked at,” Global Head Of Makeup and Colour Design at Chanel, Lucia Pica explains. “She treats makeup almost like she would an accessory – an adornment that brings subtle drama to the mix without necessarily drawing attention to itself. She chooses between products to create striking oppositions.”
Gabrielle Chanel’s treasured lion emblem has been etched onto the collection’s very own Le Lion De Chanel compact, imbuing a sense of “courage and flamboyance in the woman who wears its image or colours” according to Pica.
There’s an undeniable celebratory spirit that runs throughout Maximalisme De Chanel. If you’re searching for the perfect presents this festive season, the beautiful limited-edition lip palettes and highlighter compacts are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
Chanel’s Collection Libre 2018 Makeup Collection is available at the Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique, Dubai Mall