Chanel 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers D'Art Show

Geometric eyeliner at Chanel 2011 Paris-Byzance Metiers D'Art Show. Photo: Vincent Lappartient

Spring beauty on your mind? Maybe, but Chanel is pressing forward as the iconic fashion and beauty house presented their Pre-Fall 2011 makeup collection at the Metiers D'Art Fashion Show in Paris.

Aside from the Byzantine updo hairstyles perfected by runway and celebrity stylist Sam McKnight, Global Creative Director of Chanel Makeup Peter Philips created a seriously avant-garde eyeliner treatment in red and black.

Philips explains the vision behind the presentation and the collection:

"The theme of the collection, Paris-Byzance is a great inspiration on it's own. The links and associations with Chanel are rich and plenty. Karl gave Sam (McKnight) and me a sketch giving us a rough idea of the direction he wanted for the look, from then the tone was set. Karl also showed us the world-famous mosaic portrait of Theodora, the Empress of the Byzantine Empire Mosaic from the Saint-Vital de Ravenne Basilica, which very naturally became the inspiration for the show's makeup. The portrait gave me a focus point: the red eye shadow/liner that she wears on the arch of her eyebrows. This look is all about light and rich textures. The choreography between gold, bronze, black and red can be easily personalized according to the desires of each woman."

The looks featured soon-to-be-released eyeliner and blush that won't hit stores until June 2011, so keep your eyes peeled for Regard Signé de Chanel in Topkapi and Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rouge and Or.

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