Chanel Resort 2014
French luxury fashion house Chanel showed its Resort 2014 collection in Singapore yesterday, with an impressive 81 looks taking the show beyond the traditional definition of a ‘pre-collection’.
Drawing from a multitude of inspirations, the collection shifted between preppy, punk and classic Coco Chanel on the Riviera for a show that was multi-layered and elegant with a thoroughly fresh, holiday feel. Beauty was punkish with turquoise smudgy eyes, spiky hair andlayers of signature Chanel pearls while the looks themselves felt classic and refined with the odd dash of street wear and heavy metal accessories lifting the aesthetic. A predominantly monochrome palette fused classic Parisian attire with the traditional colours of Asian interiors while long line tailoring and menswear-inspired jackets lent an androgynous belle époque feel to the collection.
With 6 stores in the city already, the Singaporean setting feels like an apt progressive step for the luxury brand that has previously taken shows to St Tropez, China and Edinburgh.
Chanel has also released a new film starring British actress Keira Knightly, who recently wed in Chanel in France. Knightley plays the role of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel in the black and white 20 minute film set at the start of Chanel’s design career in French seaside town Deauville. Models Lindsay Wixon, Ashleigh Good, Stella Tennant and Jamie Bochet have supporting roles in the film entitled ‘Once Upon A Time’ that attempts to chart the various people that inspired Chanel’s iconic designs and style. Watch the film here.