Flash back to 1920 and Marie Laurencin is creating a watercolour portrait of Gabrielle Chanel. And itâ€™s this very picture that this year has inspired Karl Lagerfeld to create the 2011 spring-summer Haute Couture collection.
The collection features pastel shades and clean lines: the models look almost like dancers. The dominant colours are pink, ivory and a range of shades of grey, all chosen by Peter Philips, the Creative Director of Chanel Makeup.
The capsule collection contains six pieces: lipstick, eye pencil, blusher, and new versions of Rouge Coco Shine
(56 Chance) and Les Vernis (507 Tendresse).
The real star though is Ombres Tissee, a palette that reproduces the texture of striped jersey fabric â€“ it runs through tones of silver and gold beige to pink with irridescent reflections, giving you a pink satin eyeshadow to illuminate eyelids and cheekbones with touches of light. Itâ€™s on sale from mid-July, but only in Chanel boutiques in Milan and Rome.