Karl Lagerfeld shows Chanel Cruise 2016 in South Korea
All aboard the Seoul train
Karl Lagerfeld took us on a Seoul train ride through his Cruise 2016 collection last night. With lively production values at the futuristic space-ship like structure that is Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP).
The curvaceous space was transformed into a modern white washed arena decorated with prime colour lollipop lamps, which were mirrored by colourful polka dot motifs on the floor, mapping out the runway, like a playful catwalk twist on a game of Twister and perspex-bright coloured stools dotted around for show-goers to sit on and take in the presentation. Chanel Camellia's also made a prominent appearance as wall coverings in one of the presentation rooms, with large and medium sized 3D floral applications in off white.
Speaking about his decision to bring the high profile event to Seoul, Lagerfeld said: "I think people don't know so much about it. They know everything about China and Japan, but I think they don't know so much about [South] Korea. I thought it was a good idea."
Beauty elements were bold and fun with models sporting accentuated black outlined brows, bottom lashes taking centre stage and poppy red pouts topped with black plated hair head pieces that took their cue from historical styles seen in period dramas, given an updated twist, (an element that some of the Korean star guests at the show noted was an authentic addition.)
But when it came to the collection Lagerfeld opted to "vaporise" aspects of South Korean traditionalism, opting for a more fluid interpretation of Korean cultural references blended with the Chanel identity: "It's a cosmopolitan idea of the local fashion," he said. Evidenced by the tweed take on hanboks (the South Korean equivalent of the kimono) exhibiting weaves of bright hues: "It's an updated Korean version of the Chanel jacket," Lagerfeld explained.
Elsewhere in the collection other elements of the hanboks influenced voluminous shapes and bright colour combinations, seen particularly in the high waisted dress designs that incorporated the traditional and unique patchwork technique from South Korea.
Footwear incorporated an almost seamless blend of traditional South Korean shoes and square-toed chunky low-heeled mary janes (not dissimilar to Chanel's Autumn/Winter 15 runway footwear). These came with built-in leather socks.
Elsewhere in the collection, away from the patchwork details, and colourful tweed interpretations, were some less obvious evening looks in sheer black with delicate and muted floral appliqué embellishment, brought into the local theme only from the neck up. Enjoy the collection in full in the gallery below...