Over a thousand Chanel clients, celebrities and the monarch himself, Karl Lagerfeld arrived in Dubai for the coveted Chanel Cruise Show. The spectacle was an outstanding amalgam of western, Middle Eastern and Indian sensibilities that was simply one more testament to Chanel’s unerring ability to mount, master, and extrapolate the flicker of modernity. Chanel’s oasis set, trivialized yet extravagantly decorated with lattice of woodwork highlighting the Chanel logo in traditional Mashrabiya windows took two months to be constructed on a private island.
The collection featured particularly patterned & breath-taking dresses, tunics and harem pants. Needless to say, it was more temptation than anyone can stand to think about favorites, given the intensity of each arresting ensemble. However, we did notice a distinct Indian influence at this year’s Chanel Cruise show. Ballooning harem pants, gold accents, ruffles, embellishments, bold mixed prints and rich hues reminded us of gorgeous ensembles by our own leading Indian designers such as AM:PM, Anita Dongre, Urvashi Kaur, Anupamaa Dayal, Dev R Nil & Krishna Mehta. The collection showcased primarily in red, royal blue, ivory, gold, tan & black – a palette that has been wildly popular with Indian designers in their Spring Summer collections this year that featured floral prints, metallics & pastels. Frothy chiffons, tonal kaftans & patterned tunics are on the top of our most coveted list.
The Chanel Cruise show highlighted various layered looks including straight cut tunics over legging like trousers (re: churidars?) and bold flowery patterns. Even though the collection was absolutely stunning as a whole, we couldn’t help but remain fixated with the palazzos and harem pants, already a solid trend this summer. The opulence of this collection inspired us to curate our own favorite palazzos so you can experiment with textures and create the perfect ensemble this summer.
We have been falling head-over-heels endearing the Chanel collection. We can’t think of anything better to pair with that sexy crop top than a pair of sensational palazzos! We’ve added all of these to our lust list for the season, and you should too!
Check out our Palazzo curation here!