Swept Away with Chanel

May 16, 2014

Runway looks from the Chanel Cruise 2015 Show in Dubai

Karl Lagerfeld is a fan of travel. He is inspired by different cultures and global styles, and he makes a habit of immersing his shows in the particular culture of inspiration. Resort is all about traveling and experiencing adventure, so why not show runway collections in far-off places that inspire the Chanel designer? Last time Lagerfeld sent his clothes and his guests to Dallas for a western-style rodeo romp, but for Cruise 2015, the Chanel gang travelled east to the glamorous land of Dubai for a collection that was heavily inspired by both the enchanting past of the Middle East as well as its contemporary culture.

Islamic crescent moon headpieces were a major motif, and there was an exceptionally kitschy gold quilted purse designed to resemble a gasoline can, reflective of the region's oil industry. The models were draped in luxurious chiffons and sand-hued tunics, sometimes decorated in intricate floral and geometric patterns and other times in the classic tweeds that Chanel is famous for. As usual Lagerfeld has created a seamless blend between the traditions of Chanel and his land of inspiration.

For me the beauty looks were the highlight. Heavily-teased hairstyles were the look, with models sporting beehive-like volume or huge curls. The eye makeup was equally dramatic, with heavy kohl eyes accented with gold foil. Lips were kept simple with a pink-tinged gloss to balance out the heavy eye makeup.

Another inventive collection from the man who is constantly outdoing himself in terms of creativity. There were some misses and this was far from being my favorite Chanel collection from the past few years, but you've got to hand it to Lagerfeld that he always goes all-out for his presentations, and the show in Dubai was outrageous as ever.


  1. I loved the headpieces... the gasoline can bag not so much!
    Grace x

    1. I definitely prefer the headpieces as well. The quilted gasoline can is clever but a little too kitschy for my tastes.

      Thanks for reading, Grace!


  2. Loving this cultural collection! Such gorgeous threads. (:

    <3 Carsla
    Founder & CEO of Connect-the-Cloths
    A stylist, foodie, & writer’s blog in development.

    1. Aren't they beautiful? And really, would we expect anything less from Karl? Now let's just hope that one day I will actually be able to wear these clothes!

      Thanks for reading, Carsla!



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