by Noreen Flanagan
Dateline: Singapore Chanel Cruise Collection
The quick recap in 10 words: Circa 1913 boyish chic with a ’50s colonial cricket-inspired twist.
The inspiration: Karl Lagerfeld said that Coco Chanel—and how she looked when she opened her first boutique in Deauville in 1913—was the main inspiration for this collection. The night before the runway show, Lagerfeld invited guests to the courtyard at the famed Raffles Hotel to screen his short film, Once Upon a Time. The black-and-white 18-minute movie, which reflects his reimagined idea of Coco’s life back then, starred Keira Knightley alongside Chanel model muses like Stella Tennant, Saskia de Brauw and Lindsey Wixson. (Historical note: The Singapore Sling was invented at the hotel in 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in the hotel.)
When in Rome… I tried my first Singapore Sling at the hotel where it was invented.
The palette: Beige, white, ivory, black and navy blue.
Key silhouettes: High-waisted, wide-legged pants, jumpsuits, long belted knit tunics, short jackets, pencil pleated dresses, graphic black-and-white jogging pants and pleated tops.
The fabrics: Cotton, tweed, latex-gilded lace, knit, crepe de Chine, beaded and lacquered straw.
What’s the shoe everyone will covet; plus the Chanel bag that stole the show? Read on…
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