If there’s one show I would sell my entire bag collection to see, Jackie and Giant included, it would undoubtedly be the Chanel Cruise. Unlike the standard Spring/Fall bi-annual showing, the Cruise collection is completely unnecessary to everyone and everything that is not jet-set. It’s for that lady who cannot bear to spend her entire winter cooped up in a 6,000 sq.ft. penthouse in the Upper East Side for fear of losing her permatan and growing bored of mink. And so, when she leaves the cold for some faraway destination clad in her summer wardrobe – wait a minute, she already donated all those trifling Hermes scarves and Missoni knits to charity; she has no summer wardrobe! Cruise collection to the rescue! And so, when she leaves the cold for some far away destination she’ll look all brand new in her pretty frocks and bathing suits from Chanel Cruise. Thanks, Karl.
Alongside the idea of offering a superfluous collection in the interim period between Fall and Spring, the Chanel Cruise runway show is always, always, always, super, super, super, exclusive. Flying stars, socialites and models to the French Riviera for a sweet evening in May, Lagerfeld upped the ante this time around opting for Antibes instead of the usual Saint Tropez. The white knight of fashion booked the entire Hotel du Cap for however long it took to put on his show. Now, for those wondering how this changes anything I did the research for you: Hotel du Cap is one of, if not the most, luxurious hotels in Europe (who recently got a 45million dollar facelift, I might add). Also, did you know that this hotel only accepted CASH as a method of payment up until 2006? Wrap your head around that one at godknowswhat a night.
Here’s a nice family portrait of, as Tim Blanks describes in his Vogue.com review ” the glamourous front-row horseflesh”. Blake Lively – how do you do it, girl! And let’s not forget the collection, which showcased everything from pretty lemon yellow knits, to black and white geometrics, to featherlight silks and Dolce & Gabbana-esque, southern Italy bridal. I don’t know where Karl’s mind was when he decided to bring back the thong boot, but then again, I don’t think practicality is the underlying principle his 6,000 sq.ft. customer lives by.
Is the Chanel Cruise woman eurotrash?