Karl Lagerfeld debuted Chanel’s 2014 Cruise collection in the exotic location of Singapore inside an old nutmeg plantation this week. The annual spring runway show for resort clothing has been held in various European sites over the past few years, including Saint Tropez, Venice and Versailles, making the tropical Singapore site, a fresh, unique choice for the much-coveted brand.
Lagerfeld said of the choice of far-flung location, “Today, cruise is not about travelling any more, but we still travel for it because we show in all different parts of the world – we did Europe and the US. It was time for the Eastern part of the world, well what the Western world would consider the Eastern part.”
Over 1,200 of fashion’s elite went to Singapore to watch the show, which included distinguished models like Cara Delevingne, Joan Smalls, and Jamie Bochert walking down the runway. A-list stars like Dakota Fanning and Anna Mouglalis sat front row at the show.
Dakota Fanning commented, “I think that Karl does an amazing job of keeping the Chanel legacy alive but at the same time, it’s still so cool and so young and fresh and new every time.”
After the punk theme at the 2013 Met Ball in New York, the Chanel Cruise show reaffirmed that punk was making its full comeback this year,with the models sporting choppy fringed up-does with pops of bright liner. As a whole, the collection featured many black and white evening pieces and navy blue two-pieces in exotic prints.
“I did so many colours for the show in Edinburgh and suddenly I liked that very limited Chanel palette – white, off-white, ivory, black, bluemarine and navy blue – that was enough. There was no need for any other colours,” said Lagerfeld. “There are also enough shapes – there is a new proportion in this open, long skirt. Normally, long skirts don’t look good with heels, but these do. It’s a beautiful silhouette.”
Watch the video below to see the behind-the scenes action and commentary from the attendees at Chanel’s 2014 Cruise collection in Singapore.