Chanel cooked up this lovely highlighter for their holiday collection. Apparently it was inspired by a Baroque-style belt worn by Coco Chanel. I have been unable to dig up some pictures of any kind of Baroque-looking Chanel belt. Nevertheless I'm enjoying the intricacies of the design.
I find it a little strange that Chanel chose this theme for a 2011 collection - it probably would have been more appropriate to release it with their spring/summer 2010 "neon Baroque" show. The pattern on the palette is reminiscent of the designs from the collection.
And lo and behold, a belt buckle:
While I understand the palette's design came from the Baroque-inspired accessories of Mademoiselle Coco, I couldn't help but think that it also reminded me of rock carvings. Ommorphia Beauty Bar pointed out that the palette looks similar to Mayan art, and I'm inclined to agree.
Overall I think this would have been a stronger item design-wise if Chanel had included a picture of the type of belt they were referencing. Once again, a piece of Chanel history inspired one of the company's makeup item, but it didn't delve deeply enough into it. Close but no cigar!