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top flight:

lucia pica’s 
travel diary

Chanel’s house artist and color designer reveals the inspiration behind her new collection.

Written By JAYME CYK

VIDEO BY CLARA CULLEN, COURTESY OF CHANEL


“I was inspired by the way Coco Chanel used to think,” says Lucia Pica, Chanel’s global creative makeup and color designer, when referring to her new autumn color collection for the French fashion and beauty house. “She used to travel a lot, and she was inspired by the people around her.” With that in mind, Pica—along with her friends, photographer Max Farago, and videographer Clara Cullen—rented a car, packed some snacks, and went from LA to Big Sur and back to seek inspiration.

Pica found allure in both naturalistic settings and the industrial grittiness of downtown LA (think: tire marks that resemble a double C similar to the Chanel logo). “In Big Sur we stopped and turned the lights off in the car, and that made the orange sunset even brighter,” she explains. “I started to think that is definitely going to translate into a nice lipstick.”

One of the core products in the collection is known as the Palette Essentialle, or what Pica likes to call the “little black palette,” a three-in-one finger-friendly compact that contains a creamy highlighter, a lip and cheek shade, and concealer. “You can layer this for more coverage,” she adds, “but the nice thing about the Palette Essentialle is that it’s so translucent it gives you this perfect complexion without looking too heavy.”


But an excursion is nothing without its accoutrements. Here, Pica spoke to The Violet Files about the tunes she had on repeat, essential snacks, and the importance of lipstick.

CAR JAMS

POWER 106.

ON REPEAT

Hotline Bling by Drake. But then we started to listen to a Anjelica Huston biography audiobook.

GO-TO SNACK

Peanut butter, M&Ms, ham and cheese sandwiches, and of course we stopped for tacos.

ROAD TRIP RITUALS

Every morning I tried to take 20 minutes to meditate.