On 9 May 2013, fashion history was made as Chanel showcased its cruise 2013/2014 collection in Singapore — a first for us and also for Southeast Asia.
The highly anticipated event saw Karl Lagerfeld launch the collection in extravagant fan-fare. Fashion insiders, esteemed editors (André Leon Talley and Carine Roitfeld to name a few) together with celebrities from the the world over, were treated to a high-fashion extravaganza at Dempsey Hill as iconic black-and-white houses set the stage for a collection inspired by the island's colonial past.
In honour of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel's birthday, here's a look back at the highlights of one of the most epic fashion spectacles to cruise onto our sunny shores.
"Today, cruise is not about travelling any more, but we still travel for it because we show it in all different parts of the world — we did Europe and the US. It was time for the Eastern part of the world, well what the Western world considers the Eastern part." - Karl Lagerfeld
The venue: Loewen Cluster at Dempsey Hill; previously a nutmeg plantation turned into British army barracks.
The attendees: From A-list celebrities such as Dakota Fanning and Rinko Kikuchi to local icons, Zoe Tay and Fann Wong, it was a star-studded affair with both international and local celebrities gracing the front-row all decked out in Chanel from head-to-toe.
The models: Everyone knows that Karl never travels without his posse of models. For this trip to Singapore, he brought along Cara Delevingne (already model-of-the-moment back then), Lindsey Wixson, Joan Smalls and Chanel muse, Stella Tennant, who closed the show.
The show: Eighty-one looks inspired by Singapore's colonial history, British sportsmanship (cricket bats and shin guards included) and traditional monochrome rattan curtains. "I did so many colours for the show in Edinburgh and suddenly I liked that very limited Chanel palette – white, off-white, ivory, black, bluemarine and navy blue — that was enough. There was no need for any other colours," said Lagerfeld of the understated collection.
The after-party: No Chanel show is complete without an after-party that's as elaborate as the runway show. Guests were treated to a culinary feast that included cheese flown in from France and (the very popular) ice-cream bar. And the soundtrack? Tunes by Latin singer Señor Coconut and London DJ Horsemeat to cap off an unforgettable party.
For last week's #ThrowbackThursday, click here.