First Looks: Cricket Bats and Colonialism in Chanel’s Cruise Show

Cara Delevingne. Photo: Rahman Roslan/Getty Images

Karl Lagerfeld staged Chanel’s 2014 cruise collection at an old nutmeg plantation in Singapore, of all places, described by WWD as “a colonial-style black-and-white bungalow with multiple wings.” The clothes were all black, white, and beige, and the runway was lit with yellowish bulbs that made everything look sepia-toned, much like Lagerfeld’s latest Chanel film (also, Marc Jacobs’ golden-tinged spring 2012 show  in New York). In keeping with the colonialist setting, many of Lagerfeld’s designs were cricket-inspired, complete with knee-pads and bats. As usual, the designer waved off questions about dull matters like historical references: “You don’t get into the details, you reinvent the details,” he told WWD.

In addition to guests Dakota Fanning and Carine Roitfeld, the show’s star model, “powder”-scandal-survivor and new Chanel face Cara Delevingne, had come straight off an 18-hour flight following Monday night’s Met Gala. But no matter! Jetlag is nothing compared to a giant feathery cape with matching fingerless gloves. Click through our slideshow for a selection of looks from the show.

See the full Chanel Resort 2014 collection.

Chanel Cruise Show: Cricket Bats and Colonialism