It was on a larger-than-life voyage for the Chanel Resort 2019 runway show as Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a cruise ship terminal, the La Pausa liner.
The collection revealed the skin and a hint of waist, swathed in bright whites, sun-gorged pastel hues, and dazzling pinks and blues. Prints of boats or sharks’ teeth, wave and porthole motifs, and aqua sequinned embroideries scintillating like the reflection of the sun on water, were like a call to the high seas.
Tweed dresses were narrow and ultra-short, flirting with the line of a tunic. Crop tops in crêpe de Chine printed with cruise liners and wind roses are coupled with fluid trousers. Long lightweight coats in cotton were embroidered with escaping multicoloured threads, echoing the streamers thrown down to the dock at the moment of departure.
Flat pleats, blazers, suits, soft trousers, pyjamas, stripes, little knits: the codes of the Cruise collection were infused with details that change everything: a rounded and voluminous shoulder, a hem shortened to the extreme, sequin embroideries mixing cork, fabric, pearlised PVC and tin can metal, as well as the most unexpected materials.
Berets, round sunglasses, precious cuffs, fingerless gloves, sautoirs and beaded belts accessorized these silhouettes bursting with freshness. The BOY CHANEL became a satchel and is worn high and straight, returning in a leather printed with sharks’ teeth. CHANEL’s GABRIELLE bag was adorned with exotic leather in sunset hues while the new CHANEL 31 bag came in silver leather or as a small two-tone clutch.
Go backstage and discover the details of the Chanel Cruise 2019 collection.