Chanel Resort 2014 Review.
It’s resort season even though the weather isn’t complying. Earlier this week, we had a look at Dior Resort 2014 and today, it the turn of Chanel.
Chanel Resort 2014, was unveiled in Singapore on Wednesday night – a location described by president of Chanel fashion, Bruno Pavlovsky as “A new city, in a new world.”
The venue was on a hilly plain bordering a retired military camp that gentrification turned into a dining destination, and entry was via a gravel path that opened into a rainforest clearing housing two thatch-roofed huts doing double duty as bars, and a colonial-style black-and-white bungalow with multiple wings.
The backdrop of the show was a semi-run-down wing of the manor, which came with stark concrete floors and walls with peeling paint, though warm yellow lighting gave it a pleasant hue. “I like the idea that it’s not impeccable,” Lagerfeld said. “There’s a romantic charm that new things cannot always have. It’s not [just] about the historical details, but also the mood.”
There was also the presence of history in the clothes. “It’s a bit of Chanel’s history and a bit of influence from this part of the world,” said Lagerfeld, though he said that his research had been primarily based on instinct. “You don’t get into the details, you reinvent the details.”
By doing so, Lagerfeld provided a sophisticated take on Southeast Asia and its rich past. Tropical accents came via raffia dresses and airy, loose-legged cream trousers and a dress with stained black-and-white feathers on the bust, which were mixed with neutral grays, beiges and whites. And yes, those loose chains of pearls were cinched around waists and wrists.
Seemingly popular with the crowd were cricket bat-wielding, shin pad-wearing models decked up in the public schoolboy uniform of collared shirts, skinny ties and pullovers.
Certain jackets came with few visible buttons, a look that may have been inspired by a photo Lagerfeld saw of a Southeast Asian fisherman in 1880. “This man has a Chanel jacket,” he quipped.
Lagerfeld said he had designed the mid-season collection to be worn anywhere in the world, but he allowed his imagination to run wild in the form of delicate dresses and kebayalike blouses that were heavily embellished from the neck downward.