First look: Chanel Cruise 2014/15

First look: Chanel Cruise 2014/15

Old meets new Arabia: Destination Dubai

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Traditional Arabian influence fused with a glittering contemporary feel takes centre stage for Karl Largerfeld’s travelling Chanel carnival, as it hit the Middle East last night

Recent Chanel Cruise excursions for the show that traditionally travels the globe have seen shifts from Paris to New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Venice, Saint-Tropez, Cap d'Antibes, Versailles and Singapore – and now, the Emirate of Dubai can be added to the exotic list.

Guests included influential fashion journalists from around the world, as well as key A-list friends of the brand such as Carine Roitfeld, Dakota Fanning, Tilda Swinton and Freida Pinto. Each arrived by traditional Abra boat to Dubai's private Hamdan Island, just off the Emirate's coastline, all in the name of the brand's Cruise 2014/15 presentation last night.

The runway was designed to look like a series of Bedouin lounge areas, with some members of the front row sat on luxe ground-level cushions.

A collection that fused old and new, much like its location, models walked wearing interlocking 'C' and moon-shaped tiaras, traditional Arabic silhouettes of Jalabiyas and harem pants in sheer white voile with chic ruffles, and the brand's signature tweed patterns were infused with the UAE national flag colours of black, green, white and red – as well as glittering sand and sunshine tones.

Accessories included Bedouin-style layered necklaces and a standout clutch in the shape of a giant pearl, plus quilted tote in the shape of an oil canister. The contemporary 'future megalopolis' mentioned on the show's announcement was referenced by way of the Burj Khalifa, which appeared as part of the Dubai skyline creeping from one hemline (in sequins, naturally), and not forgetting the LED-soled sandals that lit with each step.

The show was followed by a private cocktail party and a live performance by Janelle Monáe.

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