We’ve barely recovered from Chanel’s interstellar trip to space at Paris Fashion Week, but for its Cruise 2018 collection, the house has time-traveled back to Ancient Greece. Once again, Lagerfeld has totally transformed the Grand Palais in Paris, erecting an ancient temple, complete with crumbling ruins and Mediterranean greenery.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Cruise 2018 effort was a heavily romanticized meditation on the imagined aesthetics of ancient Greece. Given Karl’s rich legacy at Chanel, there’s no doubt this designer will go down in fashion’s future history books as an eternal visionary, much like this particular aesthetic epoch he chose to mine.
Chanel offered yet another painstakingly detailed backdrop for a collection that referenced this age of antiquity, with plenty of opulent takes on the Ancient Greece’s unfussy ensembles. The collection offered plenty of shift dresses in warm desert tones, toga-esque gowns with gold accents, and an array of high-heeled gladiator sandals and gilded tweeds cinched at the waist.
A surprisingly gimmick-free invite from the French house that lives for the theatrics. Where’s the hologram? No trojan horse? There is a very practical guide to Paris, though. So thoughtful, Karl.
Karl Lagerfeld continues Chanel’s ludicrously expensive habit for staging the most epic, sensorily visceral shows in the industry. The Cruise 2018 extravaganza was no exception, with even the most of understated of details closely examined to assure show-goers felt totally transported.
The Collection Highlights
Titled “The Modernity of Antiquity,” Lagerfeld’s latest collection was an authentic homage to the Greek-inspired set, featuring plenty of draping, sole-shouldered silhouettes, gold motifs and decadent headbands.
The standout though? The shoes. It seems both Karl Lagerfeld and Rihanna agree that gladiator sandals are trending. The world is still “shook” from Rihanna’s show-stopping get-up at Monday’s Met Gala in which she stepped out on the red carpet in some strappy high-heeled sandals by Dsquared. However, Chanel’s chunky gladiator heel is the real winner. Sorry, RiRi.
The Guest List
None of the regulars made it out to Paris. Not a Gigi, Kendall or Cara in sight. Perhaps, they’re all still recovering from The Met Ball? We heard Rihanna threw a real rager after the festivities. However, Chinese model Liu Wen managed to make it to the Met Gala (where she wore an OFF-WHITE gown) and recover in time for a jaunt to Paris for Karl’s latest blockbuster show. At least Karl can count on Liu.
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