If the eye is a camera with its shutter open – always recording, turning experience into image – it is Lucia Pica’s unerring instinct to train her lens on visions less familiar. Seeking inspiration for her Spring Summer 2020 collection, the Chanel Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer took a photographic trip to the center of the ancient desert, an expedition that uncovered a completely new perspective on color.
I was looking for something poetic, like a memory – a natural filter that makes everything look dreamier.
The collection boasts a total of 15 products but if you must choose one thing to stock up on, it would be the Baume Essentiel in a limited-edition Golden Light shade. The unreleased colour was first seen backstage at the runway show back in September 2019 and was used to give the models’ complexion an effortless warm and illuminated sun-kissed glow. Besides applying the multi-use glow stick on the highs of the cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose and chin, it can also be used on the eyelids and lips to cast a soft glow for a fresh finish.
If the eye is a camera with its shutter open – always recording, turning experience into image – it is Lucia Pica’s unerring instinct to train her lens on visions less familiar. Seeking inspiration for her S/S 2020 collection, the Chanel Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer took a photographic trip to the center of the ancient desert, an expedition that uncovered a completely new perspective on color.
Initially drawn to the desert for its famous orange dunes, sacred cave paintings and lunar plains, Lucia Pica was soon captivated by the uncanny silence of the vast nothingness she found there, its powerful stillness moving her to reappraise the landscape through fresh eyes.
Shifting her gaze toward the quieter hues of the quartzes, basalts and shales scattered across the desert floor, and forests bleached by the relentless sun, Lucia Pica unearthed a muted palette that is surprising new territory for her. Desert Dream is characterized by peachy rose tones, cool browns and the romantic undercurrents of mauve, whose shimmering, at times metallic textures echo the desert’s hidden treasures.
It was beautiful in the desert but quite unexpected. In the desert, there is almost a universe of one single, dominant color – mauve – which really came to life with the particular photographic process we used.
Like distant memories, the dreamy Polaroid pictures at the heart of Desert Dream lend their sensual soft focus and painterly abstractions to a makeup collection that is perhaps Lucia Pica’s most poetic take on femininity yet. Using the prints’ soft colors to bring subtle emotion to the face – mysterious, mauve intensity to the eyes, planes of warm light on the high cheeks and red-hot desert heat on the lips – Lucia Pica evokes a womanly state of inner calm, self-possession and utter contentment.
Eclat du Désert
Exclusive Creation (Edition Limitée)
Golden Light (Edition Limitée)
191 Rouge Brûlant
Rouge Allure Velvet Extrême
Les 4 Ombres
354 Warm Memories
Ombre Première Laque
24 Rising Sun (Edition Limitée)
26 Quartz Rose
28 Desert Wind
Stylo Ombre et Contour
34 Contour Brun (Edition Limitée)
36 Contour Mauve (Edition Limitée)
Les Ongles Le Vernis
This is by far, Pica’s most interesting collections because there is a certain sensuality around them – they are feminine and earthy, subtle and mysterious – everything we love in a perfect palette.
Chanel’s Desert Dream Collection is available at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Chanel.