I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed with the spring 2009 palette from Chanel. The gypsy-inspired collection features dark eye shadows and bright red lip colors. Peter Philips, Chanel's global creative makeup director, was digging through Chanel archives when he found sketches of gypsy dresses by Gabrielle Chanel. He used those as a jumping-off point for the collection. “The Gypsy is a heroine with very distinctive beauty codes...The gypsy’s eyes are as dark as her lips are fiery. She has the passion of travel in her veins, that of celebration, dance, and especially that of darkness and mystery.” While I think the colors overall go with Philips' concept (including lipsticks called Fuego ["fire" in Spanish] and Gipsy Scarlett - both fierce reds), I'm not sure where this palette fits in.
Interlocking Cs are a Chanel icon, but that doesn't exactly scream "gypsy" to me. The design was recycled from an exclusive Nordstrom palette released last summer - a similar palette is currently being sold at Neiman Marcus:
(photos from neimanmarcus.com)
So while I was happy to see that Mr. Philips took his inspiration from bohemian-style dresses designed by Mademoiselle Chanel, this palette sort of missed the mark. What would have been more interesting is creating a palette that incorporated a pattern from one of the sketched dresses he unearthed while going through the archives. The Chanel C's are nice, but very uninspired unlike the rest of the collection. Here's to hoping Chanel will come out with a more innovative palette for the fall season.