While you were fantasying about attending the MET Gala last Monday - somewhere on the other side world Karl Lagerfeld was busy presenting his latest collection for the house of Chanel. And he didn't came alone either - seating front row were Kristen Stewart, Tilda Swinton, and Gisele Bündchen. The Kaiser of Fashion, took the Chanel faithful in a trip to Seoul, South Korea for his Chanel Cruise 2016 collection.
Immersed yourself in the spectacle of the Chanel runway - As the Parisian house took over the Dongdaemun Design Plaza designed by Zaha Hadid. Imagined, a spaceship-like silver structured nested in the middle of Seoul, which hosted Karl Lagerfeld's runway extravaganza. Equally stunning is its interior – all twists and arches, which Karl Lagerfeld covered in multicolored dots.
What does Paris, Seoul, and Chanel have in common, you asked? Well, apparently a lot - and enough to inspired Karl Lagerfeld to create a dazzling cruise collection.
Structured silhouettes in sweet, eye-popping hues, which were effortlessly married with South Korean influences and Chanel hallmarks. The mood proved to be energetic with avant-garde leanings, as Karl Lagerfeld revisits local culture in a broad sense, from traditional dress (the hanbok) to sugary K-Pop aesthetics. It was marvelous!
And my favorite look, you asked? All the fabulous Korean-style jackets with round shoulders, and wide sleeves sport raised or crossing collars that acted as flattering frames for the base of the neck. All rendered in single shades of fuchsia pink, mint green, bright orange, coral, royal blue, and turquoise - Later paired
with straight or flared skirts that fell just above the knee; pants are cropped and wide or fitted at the ankle.
No other designer gives you options like Karl Lagerfeld does - He understand that a girl likes to have options...
Lagerfeld treated us to solid and airy materials like broderie anglaise, textured cotton, patent leather, linen, organza, tulle, lace, and shantung. Oh! And who could you resist those organza patchwork ensembles rendered in sugary colors and billowy silhouettes? You couldn't!
There's something for everybody (literally!) from ladies who lunch to cool fashion girls alike.
Monochrome silhouettes marked the shift from day to night - Imagine, camp airy creations in floral and geometric embroideries by Maison Lesage, Maison Lemarié and Montex. Peter Pan collars interact with bustiers while high waists came accented with a strip of grosgrain ribbon or velvet.
No Chanel collection is complete without bold jewelry – from chunky chain necklaces and bracelets in gold and colored metals to sugary cuffs, baroque pendants and stylized camellias with graphic forms pinned in the hair and on the clothes. All punctuated by heels with squared-off toes or patent leather Mary Janes with built in socks. The house’s iconic bag sports all over sequin embroidery or comes revisited in multicolored tweed, interspersed with clutches and decorative minaudières. Now, we're talking!
In the end, Karl Lagerfeld was able to combine the Chanel repertoire with the Korean aesthetic, so seamlessly it seem natural. In other words, it was a resolutely cosmopolitan and contemporary cruise collection.