Chanel + Dark Crystal

A few short weeks ago, we were partaking in a series of fundraising events to send Scarlet Sinclair—an amazing tattoo artist, and, dare-I-say, legend in the burlesque community—off to France, to study under renowned faerie artist (speaking of legends), Brian Froud. One of the events, was a screening of Froud’s faery film collaborations with Jim Henson. The cult classics: Labyrinth and the Dark Crystal. (I now know exactly what you’re thinking, because you’re thinking of Bowie. You’re welcome.) Meanwhile, back in France, just a few days before the screening, Karl Lagerfeld debuted Chanel’s A/W 2013 collection during Paris Fashion Week, and holy crap, my mouth fell open at the sight of this fashion nerdgasmic coincidence: A Dark Crystal inspired collection?!

Not since Prada’s fairy collection (you heard right. Don’t worry, there will be a post),[UPDATE: It's HERE!] do I recall another high-end designer going that particular direction. But while Prada mixed several references together: 60s, 70s, Art Nouveau… Karl’s interpretation was just chic, new and elegant. Updated silhouettes, and details that were fresh, by way of being beautifully, mercifully literal: the models were dripping in crystal, right down to their crystal encrusted eyebrows (we can thank Peter Philips, creative director of Chanel makeup, for that).

After you’ve wiped the drool from your face after staring at the above comparisons, why not learn a little something more…. Here’s the skinny on Scarlet (follow her!) Froud, etc. We’re sorry Karl couldn’t join the crew at the Way Station, but I’d like to think he’s just as excited about Scarlet’s trip as we are. ;-) ….. Hey, (humor me) did he stick a Labyrinth reference in the show?! Awww, Hudson Kroenig, “you remind me of the babe!”