With both respect for tradition and an eye toward the future, Lucia Pica used Tokyo and Seoul as the inspiration for Chanel’s Spring 2019 makeup collection.
Every morning, Lucia Pica, global creative makeup and colour designer for Chanel, meditates for 20 minutes with a singing bowl. “It’s the best thing I can do to help myself,” she says, seated on a beige tweedy couch at the company’s offices in Paris. “It makes a difference in my day straight away. I’m much more focused and on top of things.” It’s undoubtedly vital that Pica, who divides her time between London and Paris, stay balanced given the frenetic pace of her job, which requires her to travel to events—she was just in New York for Chanel’s 2018 Métiers d’Art show—and shoots and, of course, come up with multiple makeup collections a year. Pica often gets her ideas for these from global expeditions; a California road trip and a visit to her Italian hometown of Naples have already been used as inspirations. For the Spring 2019 collection, Pica used Tokyo and Seoul as her visual springboard. “They’re both quite representative of the classic and the future,” she says. “Tokyo is very much about history and also very elegant, whereas Seoul is really striving for the future and exploding.”
As is her process, Pica took a photographer with her to capture “everything we found exciting to the eye,” venturing out during the day as well as night and even spending five hours at a Tokyo fish market. “I loved that experience,” she says. “It left us vibrating.” But rather than do “portraits” of the cities themselves, Pica concentrated on the attention to detail that is prevalent in both cultures. “Even the simplest everyday things get elevated,” she explains, whether it’s a flower floating in soup or the pretty, delicate wrapping on vegetables at the market. “That was the real point for this collection.”
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