The recent excitement of the 2014 World Cup games have undoubtedly inspired patriotism and comradery among nations. Whether you are a true soccer (Sorry FUTBOL!) enthusiast or yes just a bandwagon fan, the infectious thrill of the games were undeniable. Like all fast moving trends, this excitement couldn’t be more exemplified than in the fashion inspired by the competition among nations.
From the street style among fans to designer collaborations. The vibrant colors and flag inspired everything oozed from all ends of fashion. Hey sure it was a short lived trend but what a great energy the games created among communities. Patriotism and healthy competition was definitely alive and well.
Yesterday Karl Lagerfeld debuted the Chanel Cruise collection for 2014/15 in an ultra chic and exclusive fashion show held on a private island, named THE ISLAND, in Dubai. The setting alone speaks volumes for this fashion powerhouse’s ever evolving vision. It’s not just relevant but a force to be reckoned as it continues to command design driven fashion amongst today’s many market driven assortments.
With private boats that escorted the A-list guests to The Island, custom Chanel tents, cushioned floor seating and Arabic fare that set the mood of the evening, it was sure to be nothing short of magical. It was simply beautiful how the Lagerfeld not only chose Dubai as his venue, but incorporated the very culture and heart of the Emirate into his collection and presentation. This collaboration between the culture and fashion is the very ideal that gets me excited about fashion.
AH this even is everything I dream of. High Fashion. An Exotic Destination. Exclusivity and Luxury. Oh a girl can only dream to one day be invited to such an event.
It will happen. One day.
The collection was moving, with vibrant prints, lush textures and flowing lines. The Arabic culture clearly played a huge inspirational role as illustrated by the harem bottoms, intricate mosaic-like patterns and the heavy, ornate jewelry.
The undeniable signature piece was the gold quilted Jerrycan handbag. Structured. Editorial. Boundary blind.
Lagerfeld continues to leave us awestruck.
With my first trip to the Emirates planned for this coming November, this show has only fueled my excitement to discover the rich heritage and fashion Dubai has to offer.
I’ve been meaning to blog about my recent trip to the De Young Museum to check out the Balenciaga exhibit. The collections displayed were nothing short of breathtaking. A wide variety gave visitors a great glance at Balenciaga’s range and versatility. It’s clear Balenciaga was so much more than a designer, but a true artist. Reflecting his every mood and interpretation on the changing times and cultures around him.
His use of eye-catching lines, angles and all things geometric were definitely unique. Do I even have to mention that I’m giddy from the trademark ruffle details on most of his dresses? I fell in love with so many pieces but the few that still stand out include a stunning V shaped black evening gown with dramatic sharp shoulders, and another green caterpillar like ensemble.
His Spanish inspired collections reminded us of his deep connection to his culture. And who doesn’t love an embellished bolero channeling the inner matador in us all? A la Lady Gaga-esk none the less.
Balenciaga in W
A lasting impression must simply be the fact that I saw myself wearing several of his looks even today. His collections evoked an aspiration be part of his artistic garments but the seals the deal in making each piece translate to a ready to wear fashion. Timeless. Classic. Iconic. The marks of any great designer
To say this exhibit was a must see for any fashion or art lover is an understatement to say the least. And to top it off it included a free pass to the limited Picasso exhibit visiting from the Louvre!