Chanel Resort 2015

Just when you think designers are finished showing their collection until the next fashion weeks in September, they come out with their resort collections. These collections act as a filler between S/S and A/W.  They were originally targeted towards wealthier consumers and were referred to as the holiday or travel collection.

Clearly, waiting six months between collections is just not an option anymore.

The Chanel show previewed in the perfect holiday destination, Dubai. The guest list boasted a host of local princesses, potentates and flown-in celebrities and press from the rest of the world.  “This is something we could not dream of fifteen, 20 years ago,” Lagerfeld declared. “Look at this island, it’s like Atlantis, which rose out of the sea!”  

Due to Dubai’s culture, Lagerfeld had a rich tapestry of fashion and historical references to draw from. The collection featured tunics and harem pants, backcombed hair and pointed slippers. With Chanel’s experience in print and embellishment, Lagerfeld combined Islamic tile prints and red and white checked dishdasha patterns with Chanel florals.

Towards the end of the collection, Lagerfeld included a look of elegance with Joan Smalls wearing a caramel crepe tunic with sequin embroidery and a scarf across her shoulders, which was allowed to flow freely as she walked down the runway.

What did you think of the new Chanel collection?

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