May 15th, 2014
Fashion News, Fashion Show, Show Review
Show Review: Chanel Resort 2015
By Faith

A private island in Dubai owned by the country’s hereditary prince, Sheikh Hamdan, was the stage for Chanel’s decadent Resort 2015 collection. Romance was on high with traditional nods to Middle Eastern garb at play — mostly concocted from Karl Lagerfeld’s expansive imagination. Breezy fabrics billowed and sinuous designs draped the models’s lithe bodies: enlivened with that quintessential Chanel flair in the form of eye-catching patterns and dazzling metallics.

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The collection was an expert study in layering, with pajama-inspired trousers layered under skirts and dresses, doused and gilded in lamé wherever possible. Arabic calligraphy uplifted the pieces and as you might have imagined, accessories were out-of-this-world from the French fashion house’s iconic brooches adorning the models’s bouffant hairdos and jerrican-shaped quilted leather bags — no fuel included and a blatant nod to the region’s oil reserves. It was all very bohemian though set against the city’s futuristic, shimmering skyline which I can attest is truly a sight to behold in person.

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Chanel has never been a brand that centered around overt sexiness, but the brand did keep in line with Dubai’s more modest dress code with infrequent peeks of skin, looser silhouettes, and longer hemlines. The color palette was rich and poignant, ranging from neutrals to punchy pinks and verdant greens.

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The dressier offerings were all neutral in hue and were given that eveningwear elegance with an array of embellishments — feather motifs, chain links, and beaded clusters to name a few. It’s only logical to expect to see some of the brand’s avid fans wearing these designs at Cannes: perhaps those stylish ladies who were sprinkled across the show’s front row including Tilda Swinton, Freida Pinto, Dakota Fanning, and Vanessa Paradis.

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Florals are iterated to exhaustion every year in Resort and Spring collections, but the flower-patterned separates here were impossible to ignore. Lamé harem pants in the print towed the line between comfort and Chanel chic, while a high-collar swing coat with bracelet sleeves was practically made for street style snaps come Fashion Week. Overall, the collection was extremely charming — it’s always a joy to see how Lagerfeld brings the brand through each season with a different global inspiration, though somehow still achieving Gabrielle Chanel’s original vision. One never knows what to expect, which truly keeps the iconic house exciting and fresh.

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What do you think of Chanel’s latest collection?

Images: Fashion Wire Press

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6 Responses to “Show Review: Chanel Resort 2015”

  1. Nadia says:

    I am not a fan of the collection but I can see that he showed the collection on the doorstep of his target clientele! Bravo Chanel! As usual! x

  2. Anonymous says:

    I like this collection!

  3. Tami says:

    Not my style but I saw a few pieces I would rock if they came in my size lol. Great collection and fab location spot to show! Chanel gets it right, gotta love em!

  4. Marsha D says:

    Well I am just floored and in complete awe….I LOVE everything about this collection.

  5. thephillydiva says:

    This collection is FRESH & I am here for it! I wish I could get the sandals and a few pairs of harem pants.

    @ Tami – What is your size? I have a Chanel blazer from my mom who is a US size 18 (not a vintage 18, a today’s 18). You have to call Chanel to get the larger sizes as they are not in the boutiques. Who do you think keeps the brand afloat but sizes 10 and up? ;)

  6. Rashida says:

    I think there is maybe one or two nice pieces, but for the most part, I am not a fan. The pieces are not wearable at all… not ready to wear pieces.

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