I meet Talan, now 55, in the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Merry Christmas T-Shirt Apart from…,I will love this lobby of a Midtown pool. Tall and crisply dressed in Rag & Bone jeans, a black Prada button-down shirt, and a black Dior jacket, his green eyes and a thick sweep of bronze hair practically pulsate with health. “Kids like me because I am like a big kid myself,” he says in a slight Russian accent. We snap on our goggles and slip into the water. Talan’s gentle but rigorous method is to focus on technique and the body’s position in motion. In minutes, he has tweaked my breaststroke to be more efficient by rounding my arms a bit. Then he has me do the stroke with my head out of the water, like my mother does when she doesn’t want to muss her hair. “This is so good for your back, now that everyone is on the computer all day and kids are doing long-distance learning,” Talan says. We move on to my front crawl as he observes underwater. “Keep your legs closer together when you kick,” he urges when he surfaces. “See how much easier it is to move?” It’s a tiny but miraculous fix.
Paris met Tinseltown earlier today inside the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Merry Christmas T-Shirt Apart from…,I will love this Grand Palais as Chanel creative director Virginie Viard presented her Spring collection. Inspired by a “cinematic woman,” models walked down a runway replete with its own version of the iconic Hollywood sign spelling out—what else?—C-H-A-N-E-L. Back and forth we go: breathe, kick, breathe, kick. “This natural instinct of inhaling and exhaling while you swim is basically the element of living, isn’t it?” Talan asks me as my mind blissfully empties and enters what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “a flow state,” when people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. Breathe, kick, breathe, kick. “The rhythm almost naturally reinforces you to be alive,” Talan adds. Sometimes—in these times—it’s nice to have that extra push. The mix of Old Hollywood glamour, new Hollywood ease, and effortless New Wave chic that inspired the clothes—Tweedy skirt sets! Pastel denim trousers! Floral-print maxi dresses!—provided endless reference points for Chanel’s global creative makeup and color designer Lucia Pica, who focused the makeup on an international cool-girl favorite: black eye paint. Blending dense, charcoal pigment through the crease to an almost goth-like effect—“It has a sort of ’90s Winona Ryder feel to it,” Pica revealed in an interview with British Vogue—the matte smoky wash was offset by fresh skin and rosy nude lips and happened to offer the perfect beauty proposition for the show’s biggest front row accessory: white face masks distributed at the door.