The ancient city of Naples sets the tone for Chanel's upcoming colour collection

For many creatives working within the fashion and beauty worlds, inspiration comes in the forms of something simple like a photograph... or conversely, something as complex and multilayered as an entire city. For Luca Pica, Chanel's Global Creative Make-up and Colour Designer, the Southern Italian town of Naples proved a rich source of inspiration for the brand's latest make-up collection for spring/summer '18.

Perched on the bay of Naples and situated near the rumbling, volcanic beast of Mount Vesuvius, Naples is a city that blends ancient architecture with a tumultuous history. Indeed, avid readers will note that Naples is the the centrepiece of the cultish Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante and was once an ancient Greek colony. Understandably, it's the multifaceted nature of the city that Pica has based her collection on. Awash with startling and unexpected colours like ashy and metallic greens that nod to the active volcano or dusty rose that mirrors the Neapolitan sunset, the S/S '18 collection is a visual love letter to a city, not unlike Chanel's recent Travel Diary collection which referenced one of Pica's LA road trips.

Featuring a set of nail polishes and lip glosses that feature bright yellow and watery blue, the S/S '18 range is full of pleasant surprises. We're intrigued by Pica's new creation Poudre a Lèvres, a tinted lip powder palette which uses a clear balm and a powder to create a soft wash of pigment to the lips. Boosted by a stunning campaign supported by beautifully shot photographs of the city, we can't wait to personally try the new collection. Anyone fancy a trip to Naples?

Chanel's Neapolis collection hits counters January 7, 2018.

Chanel travels to Naples for its next make-up collection