If your only familiarity with Naples, or Napoli, is from gritty crime dramas like Gomorrah, or the horrifically violent true accounts of the mafia detailed by Roberto Saviano in the book on which such shows are based upon, “paradise” probably isn’t a natural descriptor of the Italian port city. However, those who’ve spent time in the city can tell you that beauty can be between its lawless, garbage-strewn streets, and the city’s vibrant colours aptly reflect the exuberance of its residents.
As the city of her birth, Luca Pica, CHANEL‘s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer, has a magnetic connection to Naples and its dichotomous merger of traditional and contemporary lifestyles. For the luxury house’s Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, Pica explores the city’s roots as an ancient Greek Colony, fleshing out the characteristically Mediterranean shades and tones in the collection ‘Neapolis’, or ‘New City’.
Finding inspiration in everything from the volcanic earth and striking flora to the time-worn pastel shades of the city’s architecture and manmade relics, Neapolis’ eclectic range of pigments speaks to the colourful Neapolitan attitude and brings a romantic dimension to a city often only thought of for its grit.
Anchored by the Les 9 Ombres Palette Édition No1: Alfresco, a playful palette that features warm, earthy tones alongside bold and faded greens to channel antiquated mosaic tiling; and the Poudre À Lèvres, a tinted lip powder inspired by the frescoes of Pompeii and available in three vivid rouges, Rosso Pompeiano (bright poppy), Rosso Parthenope (intense red) and Rosa Tempera (soft pink), the collection runs the gamut of eyes, lips, face and nails with a unique palette of colours to channel Naples’ playfulness and creativity.
Available from 28 December 2017 at CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty boutiques, and from 5 January 2018 at all CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty counters.