East­ern Prom­ises

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.

Fashion (Canada) - - Products - By Lesa Han­nah

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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