SS19: Chanel SS19 Resort Collection

It should come as no surprise the set of Chanel’s latest show was going to be impressive. We’ve seen 265-tonne icebergs, a Chanel branded airport terminal and even Eiffel Tower replicas. But this year, after failing to secure an actual ship fit to host Chanel’s Cruise Show, Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld decided to build a 330-foot ocean liner in the Grand Palais instead.

Named after the villa founder Gabriella “Coco” Chanel built in the South of France, La Pausa was used as the backdrop to yet another spectacular production. Brand muse Lily-Rose Depp said, “It’s amazing, but it doesn’t surprise me...Karl, every time it’s something so different and elevated. His sets are above and beyond. Everything is so realistic, down to the lights that look like water, with the stars and smoke and everything. It really makes Karl’s incredible imagination come to life.”

Models, including brand favourites Gigi and Bella Hadid, came from cabins and walked up and down the Grand Palais to the sound of seagulls, fog horns and creaking ropes. Lagerfeld blended relaxed sportswear silhouettes with sixties pop references; think miniskirts, white tights with every look and Mary Janes with rubber soles. Evening gowns came with abstract prints and colourful beading and there was no shortage of Chanel’s signature tweed skirts. Almost every look was complete with a handbag that ranged from spacious cordage sacks to petit purses shaped like a lifesaver.

To sign off a mystical and jaw-dropping production, models boarded the Chanel-branded ship alongside Karl Lagerfeld and long-time fashion studio director Virginie Viard. Lagerfeld completely revived the cruise concept for the brand in 1983, also recently adding two more collections - Coco Neige and Coco Beach. “My contract with Chanel is for four collections a year, and I do 10. I don’t mind. I want it to work, to be updated all the time, and for the brand to offer a choice that you can’t find elsewhere. That’s what I’m interested in,” he said.