Chanel’s cruise collection touched down today at a former nutmeg plantation in Singapore. It was a far cry from the over-the-top productions of seasons past — like, for instance, that time the house dropped a colossal globe in the center of the Grand Palais, or that time they staged a show in a castle — but the collection itself was quintessentially Karl. And clearly others were banking on that, too, since guests like Dakota Fanning barely had time to scrub off their Met Gala makeup before hopping off the 18-hour flight to get there in time.
Although, let’s be honest: if Chanel asked, we’d probably jump at the chance to go halfway around the world, even if a runway show lasts about 10 minutes at most. This one was inspired by the past — clearly a topic Lagerfeld has spent a good deal of time mulling over lately, given the short film he directed starring Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel circa 1913, which was aired for guests in Singapore last night.
“I like the idea that it’s not impeccable,” Lagerfeld told WWD. “There’s a romantic charm that new things cannot always have. It’s not [just] about the historical details, but also the mood.”
This translated to leisurely looks in a largely monochromatic palette, with a few swaths of dusty blues and creamy neutrals. Cricket also came into play, with some models traipsing down the catwalk wearing shinguards and striped ties, bats in hand. Most of the girls didn’t look like they’d be stepping anywhere near a muddy sports pitch any time soon, though, in all-white dresses draped with layers of pearls, or glittering black cocktail dresses jazzed up with tulle.
See a selection of pieces from the collection below, and watch a full video of the show:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.