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The Lunch Bunch: Smoky Eyes and French Twists Before 5 at Chanel


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When I think of women who have time to take a leisurely lunch (in lieu of scarfing down some sad version of a premade sandwich at their desks), helmet-like blow-outs, skirtsuits, and sensible pumps come immediately to mind. This morning over croissants and café at the Grand Palais—transformed into Brasserie Gabrielle for the over-the-top occasion that is the Chanel show—hair pro Sam McKnight crafted a more laid-back lady (and gentleman) for the house.


Photo: Gianni Pucci /

Unlike the uptight French twists that were once de rigueur at afternoon hot spots like Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore, and Brasserie Lipp, McKnight used adjectives like “fresh, messy, and modern” to describe the version he created on the likes of Kendall Jenner and Sasha Pivovarova. To get the look, he misted models’ strands with Bumble and Bumble DrySpun for texture and hold, then pinned hair “loosely” into place. Upping the glamour factor (after all, these are sophisticated Parisians sitting down to déjeuner), a black satin ribbon was tied over top as a headband. Added “for good measure” were a few double-C-branded accessories, like a gold clasp and chopstick (a variant of which was seen earlier in the season at Derek Lam). Clean, black cat-eyes by makeup artist Tom Pecheux completed the feminine package.


Photo: Gianni Pucci /

On the flip side, catwalkers like Cara Delevingne and Caroline Brasch Nielsen sported sleek, side-parted ponytails “inspired by waiters.” For the “boy look,” McKnight employed L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Glue gel for a slick, masculine finish, while Pecheux enveloped lids in a graphic, charcoal haze that extended up to catwalkers’ arches. The result looked just as dapper on Delevingne as it did on male model Baptiste Giabiconi, who doubled as a bartender.

—Amber Kallor,

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