After traversing almost every land known to the dapper and dashing, Karl Largerfeld decided to lead his fashionable followers out to sea with the Chanel Resort 2014 Cruise Collection. Wherever Uncle Karl sets sail, the world paddles on behind him.
The modish ship docked in Singapore, one of the world’s premier globalized cities and the fourth largest financial center. Lagerfeld means business. The small island off the coast of Southeast Asia also formed part of the British Empire for decades, and these two cultures kicked off the 80-piece collection that hit the runway on what used to be a nutmeg plantation estate.
Weightless whites and cream pearls brought the British influence, and when Brad Koenig walked out in a sports coat and crisp white pants, with a Cricket bat and gloves, it was time to play ball. Acting on the British navy theme, wide-legged pants and nautical stripes navigated the black-and-white code Chanel has dominated.
Batik-patterned cashmere pants and navel-exposing white coats entered the show, and the powerful Southeast Asian influences emerged. Lagerfeld “reinvented the details” of his “dream Singapore” with navy batik-patterns flourished in effortless, off-the-shoulder blouses and ample varsity-inspired sweaters. These sensible, warm weather pieces even took on drawstring pants, proving that resort is all about the laidback, tropical traveler.
Lace and tulle dresses bloomed, and then it was time to hit the beach with black one-piece swimsuits peaking out from under spacious cardigans. A couple of cream numbers and a sweet tweed skirts later, Karl’s cruise was back in France with high fashion coats, tailored skirts and dresses, and the boat’s load of pearls.
Feathers, flowers, shimmer and sparkle rounded up the collection, with Cara Delevinge looking fierce as ever in a black-and-white feather skirt, coat and fingerless gloves.
And as homage to the 100 years of Gabrielle Chanel’s simple, chic and fabulous style, the cruise concluded with a satin silhouette draped in just enough pearls.