Bonjour! Word of a new limited-edition collection from les artistes at CHANEL arrived in my inbox today. This time it’s très chinoiserie.
Chinoiserie, a French term, signifying “Chinese-esque,” refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflect Chinese artistic influences.
It is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquer-like materials and decoration.
This is an eye-catching bright green cabinet painted a la chinoiserie.
“The uniquely modern elegance and glittering beauty of Hong Kong inspire a luminous colour collection. Exclusive creations for eyes and nails are infused with a metallic glow, evoking the lights of the city as they reflect in the waters of the China Sea.” – CHANEL website
This is a toughie. The creamy white, Eastern Light, is pretty basic. Since these bottles are running for $30 each (quelle horror!) I don’t think you guys should feel tempted to drop that kind of cash on something so vanilla. Literally.
“This exclusive, limited-edition nail colour evokes the modernity of Hong Kong with a bold shade of opaque white.” – CHANEL website
But Western Lights shows great promise. It’s easy to pass over first; the shot of the complete collection did little to pique my interest. But when I went to the product page to get a closer look at the bottle, I read the description and got a better look at the shade’s unique shimmer. I’d love to see this live! That said, a bit of an odd choice for springtime, eh? Could have been a great fall / winter release.
“This exclusive, limited-edition creation makes a contemporary statement with a sophisticated shade of deep chocolate, burnished by a heart of pearly red.” – CHANEL website
To check out swatches and a fantastic post on this new CHANEL duo, head over to fellow nail blogger Ommorphia Beauty Bar’s site. She’s got some great dupe suggestions and really beautiful shots.
P.S. Click here to read more about 2013, the Year of the Water Snake, aka Junior Dragon. My Chinese Zodiac sign is a Rat. ;_; Wish I’d been a Tiger or a Dragon. Any other Rats up in here?
An opportunist with an eye for a bargain, Rats tend to collect and hoard, but are unwilling to pay too much for anything.
Hahahahaha. Collecting? Hoarding? You don’t say.