With most distracted by the frenzy that is the Met Gala, Karl Lagerfeld and crew headed to Singapore for a fashionable affair of their own. The tiny island nation served as both setting and inspiration for Chanel's 2014 Resort show. And while Karl's designs usually leave me lukewarm, I like what this collection has to offer. The references to Coco’s aesthetic are unmistakable and some unexpected twists kept the show interesting.
Unexpected Twists. Amidst all the old-school glamour, Karl introduced some whimsy and wit, i.e., schoolboy uniforms, cricket bats, feathered capes... I was particularly tickled by the batik-inspired, sporty look worn by Joan Smalls. Her hair, makeup, and styling remind me of a 90s-era, hip hop diva. Yeah. She's working it.
Joan Smalls channeling T-Boz in Look 20
The unexpected. Models in schoolboy uniforms with cricket bats and shin pads
Overall, the collection provides the jet set with a range of looks for every occasion and appetite. I think Coco would approve.
Images: (1-3, 5-7) Yoshi Okamoto, Style.com, (4, 8) Chanel News