Chanel presents two-tone cruise line to eclectic Dubai crowd
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iconic French brand Chanel drew crowds of guests and celebrities to see the brand’s latest resort collection with a runway in Dubai defined by austere two-tone pieces and an after party. party Tuesday under a simple white awning.
This was the second time that Chanel has hosted a runway show for one of its cruise collections in Dubai, a global hub and shopping mecca that invites jet set fashionistas and style mavens to dress up. doing their best any time of the day without shame or worry of causing a second glance.
Creative Director Virginie Viard’s Chanel Cruise 2021/22 collection was first unveiled virtually in May due to the coronavirus pandemic, but was first shown to a live audience in Dubai. All guests present had to prove COVID-19 vaccination or show a negative virus test.
The fashion for this collection was inspired by the brand’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, and her friendship with French filmmaker and visual artist Jean Cocteau. More specifically, the collection was inspired by an experiential black and white film directed by Cocteau in 1960.
The ready-to-wear collection reflected the modern and punk sensibilities of the era with pieces distinguished by Chanel leather, fringes, pearls, sequins and tweed suit pieces. A few of the bags in the collection also featured fringes, as well as redefined details on the brand’s quintessential black quilted leather style.
The shoes included pointed metallic wedge Mary-Janes and mid-calf gold-toed ankle boots. Accessories included a black leather garter with an attached small handbag emblazoned with Chanel’s double C logo.
Fashion on the runway was matched only by off-runway fashion as the show’s Chanel-clad guests, many of whom are loyal customers of the brand, walked through the adjacent doors to the after-party, which featured presented a surprise performance from singer John Legend. Among the celebrities in attendance were actress Penelope Cruz and several Arabic-speaking movie stars. The diverse crowd of Lebanese, French, South Asians, Koreans and others included many who had flown for the event.
The eclectic bling-out gathering contrasted with the clean theme of rustic simplicity for the invitations, the parade aesthetics and the post-party decor, taken from the French countryside and the convent of founder Chanel’s childhood.
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