Friday, May 10, 2013

Chanel's Singapore Spectacular

Karl Lagerfelds  latest Chanel  spectacular took place in Singapore last night and, by Karl's standards, was a decidedly pared-back affair. The pre-spring/summer 2014 collection was unveiled inside a disused former nutmeg plantation - all concrete floors, whitewashed walls and electric lighting - to give the air of "tropics before air-conditioning".

"I like the idea that it's not impeccable. There's a romantic charm that new things cannot always have," said Lagerfeld. "It's not [just] about the historical details, but also the mood."

Guests such as Dakota Fanning, Anna Mouglalis and Carine Roitfeld watched as models including Cara Delevingne, Lindsey Wixson and Joan Smalls paraded a collection heavily influenced by its Southeast Asian setting, but with nods to the fashion house's heritage - specifically, Gabrielle Chanel's first store in Deauville in 1913 - with a touch of British sportsmanship thrown in for good measure. 

The opening of co-ordinating two-pieces, dresses over wide-leg trousers and cricket wear - complete with bats, V-neck jumpers and shin guards - made way for little lace playsuits, pleated silk dresses and dual-length skirts. Eveningwear came complete with shimmer, sequins, exaggerated appliqué and lashings of pearls - layered around the neck, wrapped around the waist and cuffing wrists - all in Lagerfeld's signature monochrome colour palette.

"It's a bit of Chanel's history and a bit of influence from this part of the world," Lagerfeld was quoted. "You don't get into the details, you reinvent the details."

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