On Wednesday, the newest Chanel cruise collection premiered in Paris.
Much anticipation surrounded this show, as many were questioning where Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, would hold the annual event. Past years have seen this collection all over the world from Seoul, Korea to Dallas, Texas. One thing you can count on, however, is that wherever it is there is sure to be a record turnout. This year’s theme was ancient Greece, though instead of whisking his guests off to the foreign land, Lagerfeld chose to show the collection in Paris. Held at the Galerie Courbe in the Grand Palais, the venue was transformed into a Grecian ruin, adorned with crumbling Greek columns.
The collection took the Greek theme a step further having utilized gold headbands and shoes that wrapped up the leg to accessorize their signature tweed looks. The shoes, which were featured in blue, pink, orange and black, were paired flawlessly with the short tweed tunics as well as with the long dresses. A certain part of the show seemed to pay homage to Julius Caesar. Chanel’s take on old fashioned Greek armor was featured as a series of gold looks, with some complete with beaded bustiers which resembled metal chest plates.
Showing about seven collections a year, it is remarkable that Chanel manages to stay ahead of the fashion curve. This could definitely be attributed to Karl Lagerfeld and his amazing ability to remain current while always reminiscent of the past. His cruise collection saw another reinvention of Chanel’s signature gloves, this time strapped across the back of the hand and covered in gold studs. When comes to the gowns, Chanel never disappoints. Sparing no expense, most of the gowns featured hand embroidery and lots of tulle which surely brings the price of these garments into the stratosphere.
For more of this collection visit www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/resort-2018