Casting Magic

Chanel Couture guipure lace tiered dress; Magdalene Odundo, Asymmetrical Betu III, 2010

Chanel Couture crushed camellia funnel coat, Maria Pergay, Ribbon Bench; David Hammons, Untitled (basketball chandelier), 2002

David Hammons, Black Tarp, 2014 


Entering into the home of iconic gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn is like being swept into the choreography of an eerily beautiful dance. The odd whimsy of a human scale Francesca DiMattio ceramic sculpture is poised in the foyer and wrapped in the elegance of a burled walnut staircase of her Rafael Viñoly designed home and gallery, the uptown half of her visionary Salon 94 program. Flash to the Chanel Couture Fall 2015 confections that are at once classic and future, otherworldly creations. Magical aliens might be the worlds to describe the brilliance behind both realms, Karl Lagerfeld and Greenberg Rohatyn. Both coming from a provenance that they’ve used as a grounding to reinvent and create mashups drawing new dialogues between disparate people, places and things. Its no wonder that they are two of the people I admire most and look towards for my own continuous expansion. On Jeanne’s stage of art swirled life, surrounded by the people who encompass a specific yet improvisational vision that has become larger than myself something of a reflective blossoming happened. It felt right to let the stunningly decadent Chanel Couture take the sparkling pearly light and gaze towards and allude at the original beginning, the elusive art/artist and into the veil of a new beginning.

To create the look, makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor used Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Exaltee on eyes and lips, and Chanel Blush in Pink Explosion to set it in place. The idea was to overly flush the cheeks and give the skin a creamy quality inspired by the depth of color achieved by oil paintings. We also used concealer to fade the brows, intensifying the look further. It is meant to be more serene than giddy. The pop of color may be of a modern intensity, but the placement and texture is a dialed up classic aesthetic.

Chanel Couture Fall 2015 Collection, Pearl Ring by Ara Vartanian,

Makeup by Andrew Sotomayor, Hair by Cosma De Marinis, Photographs by Tylor Hou