The Acropolis in Paris: Chanel Discovers Ancient Greece for Cruise 2018

The genius of Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel is untouchable. For many years in pre-collections we have seen Karl jet the fashion set around the world for culturally themed fashion shows in locations that cross the globe. Past destinations have included Cuba, Rome, Seoul, Dubai, Dallas, Singapore, Shanghai, Edinburgh, Versailles, Venice Beach, and many more. For his Cruise 2018 collection for Chanel Karl was inspired by ancient Greece, but on the heels of Gucci being turned down after offering over $60 million to stage their Cruise 2018 show at the Acropolis Karl decided to show his collection closer to home. Inside the Grand Palais, the usual venue for the Chanel ready-to-wear and couture presentations, Karl built the Acropolis to give the perfect setting for the gorgeous creations that he created for his Cruise 2018 collection for Chanel.  “I’m suggesting going back to move forward…To create the future, you have to pay attention to the past.” Quoted from the notes that Mr. Lagerfeld left guests with on how he crafted this collection which he titled ‘La Modernite de L’Antiquite.’ It was a bust of Venus that sits inside of Coco Chanel’s apartment that was the spring board for this collection. I loved that Karl explored many different aspects of ancient Greece in this collection. While there were definitely plenty of goddess inspired gowns they weren’t the only focus. Karl meshes the drapery of togas into pleated maxi skirts, brought gold and jewel embellishments, the ease of the seaside, and pottery print and meshed it perfectly with the classic Parisian approach to dressing. “The criteria of beauty in ancient, then classical, Greece still holds true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women. Or more beautiful columns. The entire renaissance, in fact, was based on Antiquity. It is really about the youth of the world in all its power and unpredictability — just like the unforgiving gods,” Lagerfeld said in his notes and I think that he definitely made the classic modern again with this collection. Each look evoked the history of Greece without anything looking like a costume. From pastoral peasant inspiration in tweed tunics with frayed edges to pleated burlap skirts to gilded and jeweled inspired looks reminiscent of Midas Karl meshed the idea of high and low perfectly. It is hard to pick a favorite look from this collection, but I was extremely taken with the strapless black and gold ruffled column gown which features a gold jewel embellished belt (which you can see bellow.)I think that it would be a perfect look for Nicole Kidman to wear for one of the premieres that she has coming up at the Cannes Film Festival. Usually during a Chanel show there is one novelty evening bag that is carried that evokes the theme of the collection. In past years we have seen babushka dolls, suitcases, gas cans, globes, and robots but this season Karl didn’t show one. Instead of the bag Karl showed each look with a pair of gladiator sandals with an Ionic column for a heel. I have a feeling that we will see some of the fashion set rocking these shoes on the sidewalk sooner rather than later. I feel like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner are going to fight over who gets to wear them first.  With the Cannes Film Festival coming up there a bounty of looks from this collection I wasn’t to see on the red carpet on the Croisette and beyond. Just some of the stars I want to see embrace this collection on the red carpet include Nicole Kidman, Diane Kruger, Kiernan Shipka, Ellie Bamber, Lily Collins, Janelle Monae, Ruth Negga, Naomi Watts, Hailee Steinfeld, Naomie Harris, Lily Rose Depp, Keira Knightley, Thandie Newton, Ella Purnell, Emma Stone, Riley Keough, Yara Shahidi, Uma Thurman, Allison Williams, Elle Fanning, Hailey Baldwin, Daisy Ridley, Zoey Deutch, Rose Byrne, Jessica Chastain Zendaya, Rita Ora, Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, and Kate Bosworth. You can check out all my favorite looks from the Resort (Cruise) 2018 collections and my immediate wishes as to who I want to wear them over on my Pinterest page.

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