For the past 6 months, all anyone could talk about in Dubai was the Chanel cruise 2015 show – lots of mystery, rumors and so many many hopes were pinned on this one amazing show, to be hosted by Karl Lagerfeld himself. Well, the rumors, atleast about it being held on an entire ‘Chanel’ island were true, as were those about the super exclusive guest list!
So did the mush-hyped event live upto expectations? Well considering how celebrities such as Tilda Swinton, Frieda Pinto, Dakota Fanning, Carine Roitfield graced the show in support of Karl Lagerfeld’s first Arabian foray and how Dubai’s top notch fashion cognoscenti showed up in their finest, it really was quite the spectacle.
The setting was beautiful- an island completely lit up with candles in the sand, as guests were ferried via little ‘abra’ boats – nice traditional touch. Inside, the gorgeous, custom made glass-skirted venue was lined with palm trees and set up in the form of low-seated ‘majlis’- another very traditional touch which was much appreciated by guests. The runway wound right around the guest seated in their pockets, so everyone had an up, close and personal view – I thought it was a fantastic idea.
The show itself was simply stunning. The cruise collection had quite a few elements inspired by the Middle East- the gasoline Chanel bag has already made headlines ( although I thought it was more of a gimmick than an aesthetically inspired design) and the famous red checkered headscarf made several peek-a-boo appearances on jackets, dresses and skirts. Overall, a wildly floral, flowy and beautifully draped collection, with elements of shimmer, beads and a bohemian edge. Brightly colored scarves featured prominently, making it very Middle East-friendly.
Harem pants were everywhere, as were Arab –inspired jackets and lacy- sheer jumpsuits. Personally, I loved the dress coats the best – very chic, tailored and clean.
Another attention grabber was the Gold knot-choker and Bedouin-inspired cuffs and necklaces. I found myself falling in love with the elaborate hair jewelry.
In all, a beautiful show which, I’m sure Dubai and the world will not be able to stop talking about for a while…possibly for another 6 months!