Ultimately exclusive location- check
Lavish Islam-inspired stagecraft- check
Hospitality beyond extravagance- check
Guest list full of local & flown-in VIPs- check
Absolutely mega-display of fashion- check
These are the basic things that define Chanel! And, Dubai was not a difference. In fact, the spectacular fashion show of Chanel Cruise 2014/15 Collection was staged on a man-made island in presence of more than a thousand guests including Tilda Swinton, Sandro Kopp, Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, Vanessa Paradis, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Noor Fares, Frieda Pinto, Laura Bailey and Chanel models Jourdan Dunn, Lindsey Wixson, Grace Mahary, Binx Walton, Malika Firth, Joan Smalls and Chiharu Okunugi. it was in short- superbly Chanel!
Karl Lagerfeld had a very rich heritage in Dubai‘s fashion history to draw inspiration from- Paul Poiret to Marisa Berenson– Dubai has managed itself a great collection of fashion-moments. And, the Chanel Cruise 2014/15 Collection itself was very much global and perfect to fin into the Middle Eastern culture as well as law.
The collection was mostly comprised of tunic tops and harem pants with clusters of beading, 3D geometric prints, gliding, fretwork, decaying tweeds & patchworks. These fin-de-siècle silhouettes were accessorized with Aladdin‘s slippers, huge jet-set hair, side-moon motif head-wears, and very much Arabic make-up. According to the legend, Karl Lagerfeld “romantic, modern, a new One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.” Being honest, the collection does represent the Arabic fairy tale with 21st century twist and a global appeal as Karl says, “It’s a collection made for this part of the world, but I think, and hope, it’s for women all over the world.”
Even, there are pieces that look exactly like salwar-kameez worn by the Muslim girls. Model Joan Smalls even used the stole on her shoulder as it is done in the eastern version, although let it flow later while she was walking. The sequin embroidery on the cutaway neckline of the caramel crepe tunic was simply stunning!
Another stunning part of the collection was the subtle arts of Lesage embroidery. The red-and-white checked dishdasha patterns, Islamic tile prints and floral lamés were designed with the unparalleled expertise in print & embellishment. These prins & embellishments blended effortlessly with the floral ones of Chanel.
The Chanel Resort 2015 Collection became a trend setter, not only because of its global looks, but also because of the inclusion of parka-cum-bomber jackets which are quite similar with ‘Parda‘ ritual or the djellaba used by the Muslim ladies. Although, it seemed a little funny, yet there is no need to measure the popularity these jackets are going to gain from young girls of East, West and in between.
The collection is also full of jewelries made from both precious and semi-precious stones, not to mention, the Chanel Pearls. To add to the temptation, the pearl-studded cat-eye and visor sunglasses, bags, clutches were included into the collection.
The show introduced a kid who was dressed in the look of a Muslim boy and was styled with statement jewelries.
The show focused on the jewelries at the end where we saw an array of diamond feather brooches, Berbar-inspired pearl necklaces, and of course, those sickle-moon diadems on hair. “There was a fashion for wearing moon-shaped jewels in the 1850s and 60s,” mentioned KL with a slight winking tone, “and of course, the half-moon is like a C—one half of the Chanel double C!”
Now that’s what you call ‘Branding’. From the business as well as branding point of view, the collection is a sure-shot one to win the Middle Eastern market which has been missed out on for a long time until now. With this collection, Chanel has managed itself a very strong platform in this zone and not-to-mention, set a new trend in the industry of fashion as well as given a much big boost to the brand’s bank account. My personal favorites are the printed pieces, the top 3 looks that I loved are:
I love everything about this look- the blue jacket specially and the neck-piece- simply fabulous! The jacket seems perfect for the prints and even without it, the look is super-cool for the season.
The sof pink Chanel jacket is what I love most about this look. I am always a fan of light colors and of light & light outfits. This is totally me!
Being a Muslim girl, and lover of the all-rounder black, there is nothing about this look that I do not wish to be in! Honestly, the collection simply won my heart as well as of other Muslim fashionistas’- all over the world!
The collection was appreciated by everyone present in the show, however, when it comes to Lagerfeld, you can never avoid a pinch of salt on top of a sweet-soft cream caramel. And, this show had its own when a model on the ramp was carrying what looked like a oil dispenser made in the appearance of a handbag. However, the model was already well styled with a matching shoulder bag. Well, you can’t blame those- who make their money on the oil- to feel a little offended at such a display of their money-maker! Now, now, don’t we just look forward to such twinkling twists apart from those fabulous designs? 😉
Even then, it’s heard that Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz – the owner of D’NA, a high-end boutique with locations in Riyadh and Doha– has been planning on placing an order of this global collection. Well, this only proves- no matter what, we love Lagerfeld.
The party followed by the show was attended by the VIP guests & models who danced into the night to Janelle Monáe and her band.
The collection will be available in stores from November 2014.
– sohelee tahmina