The Croissant Is Chanel’s Unlikely Beauty Inspiration: Would You Wear This Style?


by Katie Rosseinsky |
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Karl Lagerfeld’s latest Chanel Couture collection has been touted as the legendary fashion house’s first ‘eco-collection.’ Models took to the runway wearing gowns embellished with raffia, straw and cork, all against the backdrop of a fully recyclable, Scandi-inspired wooden doll’s house.

The biggest talking point, though, was the ‘croissant’ hair style that adorned the heads of Karl’s muses Kendall Jenner, Lindsey Wixon and Gigi and Bella Hadid (who made their Chanel couture debut together). So called for its striking resemblance to everyone’s favourite French pastry, hair was parted austerely down the middle, slicked back and rolled under into two ladylike rolls on each side of the head.

The initial inspiration for the ‘do was actually a little more highbrow, with Karl citing a Picasso sculpture as a reference point, and it was pro stylist Sam McKnight who introduced the #chanelcroissant tag when posting backstage snaps of Kendall and Gigi. But given that Chanel is the epitome of French chic, it seems weirdly appropriate that the brand should channel a national icon – even if it’s one that’s usually more continental breakfast than couture.

It’s not just pastries that Chanel appear to be (ahem) channelling here. There’s also something a little bit Princess Leia about the retro yet strangely futuristic style, and we very much like the idea of Karl sitting down to enjoy The Force Awakens.

It’s definitely an unlikely beauty hero, but will the croissant open up a whole new world of breakfast-inspired up-dos? We’re intrigued, to say the least.

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