Chanel Cruise 2013
Karl Lagerfeld has been hit by the Elizabethan Era bug, and as such designed his collection with a mash-up of eighteenth century party attire and club wear of today. Without a doubt this Cruise collection is fitting for many reasons including it’s use of technical fabrics and ground breaking silhouettes, but also because Lagerfeld has been perfecting this collection for over year so the grounds at Versailles, the opulence of the after party, and the touch of royalty to the styling was perfectly timed to the victory of a left winged government for France. This of course had nothing to do with Karl but the connection between the two is not lost.
The last Golden Era is remembered through flowing lace sleeves, billowing hips made of bunched curved seams with pleat detailing, and of course the platformed sneakers that were worn by nearly every lady in the court. Frivolity was the theme of the show by the way the models moved and the music that was playing but decadence was present in full force as seen by the golden and diamond appliqués placed on jackets and dresses. On the pieces that weren’t encrusted in metallics and diamonds they had a healthy dose of ruffles and loose lace pouring out the sides of shorts or down the front of a jacket in the form of a scarf or fichus.
There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Karl is a kin to grandeous behaviors and lives his life as such so hearing him say “Frivolity is a healthy attitude,” after the show came as no surprise. He also went onto say “I know people who were saved by frivolity” turning nay-sayers on their heels and into the nearest Chanel Boutique. Just now it seems that the economy is starting to get back on it’s feet so perhaps Lagerfeld is swallowing the medicine with a teaspoon of sugar and hoping everyone does the same. A “Lead by example” approach seems to be his motiv and it seems to be working well.
The beauty on the models had a hint of Victorian and French nobility to it with pale faces. The models also had beauty marks on the faces which was a traditional method for French nobility to cover acne. The tradition carried on but hopefully not for the same reasons. The mash-up continued from the collection and where modern technical fabrics were used in the 18th century collection, bright colors and strong brows were added to draw attention to the eyes. Nobility used to trim their eyelashes and thin their brows to draw attention to their pale skin so this was a major difference that added a nightclub element to the collection because of the hot pinks used above the eye and the washed out green and blue wigs worn atop their heads.
In the last few years Karl has been using male models in his collections with varying degrees of success. Baptiste Giabiconi was the original man to wear the clothes but he simply wore one of the outfits the women wore. Today the male models, Brad Kroenig and Jon Kortajarena were wearing light denim in military coats with double breasted buttons and long coat tails.
From the published article in Fahsion Mag:
Chanel Cruise 2013 Fashion Collection
Karl Lagerfeld is the man and he has confirmed what I predicted a few short days ago that Resort and Spring 2013 will be full of Elizabithan Era styles and brimming with lace.So thanks for that K-dog. Now onto the collection, it was 71 looks of clothing from a time that is not our own. Who designs with gold bouillon these day and I’m speaking of a ready-to-wear collection here not couture! The looks were a mixture of fun party wear and 18th century influences. Those influences were from Versailles no less, not the kind that were from the streets of Paris when there was no food. The gold and diamonds that were draped along the necks of the models were a testament to just how opulent Karl wanted his collection to come across.
With lace pouring out of plunging necklines and decorating inflated hips, King Louis XVI of France would have even been impressed. Of course the styling was all wrong for the time but the metallic gold sneakers and brightly colored eye make-up would have given them away. Either way the daywear portion of the collection was a divine mix of fun and frivolity with the short shorts and denim. Of course the progression into the evening was a slighty different story.
After the sea of lightly dyed denim and above the knee dresses came some pieces that were… at times… head scratchers, but, overall quite interesting. With patterns meant to replicate the wall paper in the palace and sheer tulle inlays on skirts and dresses, the collection turned into a riveting display of what the people of Versailles would look like today had there not been a beheading and all of that unpleasant business.
Wearing Chanel is like walking into the Palace of Versailles as an honoured guest and sitting down for tea and cake. It is common knowledge that Karl Lagerfeld can often whip up a collection in a few hours on his sketch pad but his ability to foresee the future of fashion design is unmatched. But perhaps he is not foreseeing anything but rather foretelling it.
Long live the King!
On the next page is the complete collection feel free to peruse the looks and pick out what you will wear to your next rendezvous with the Queen. Make sure you check out the menswear, they are amazing… also the one guy has a Chanel quilted watering can… Ummm… Can I have one?! I’ve also included photos of British Model Cara Delevigne decked out in the Chanel Resort 2013 collection and styled in a sort of club meets eighteenth century elegant look. Fun and gorgeous. Images Compliments of Chanel and Photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.