Prior to the weekend just gone, the majority of my knowledge concerning cruises came via the stories of my 86-year-old grandma, a self-proclaimed cruise-enthusiast. From this day forward, however, whenever I hear the word ‘cruise’, my mind will be sure to drift to Chanel’s spectacular Cruise 2018/19 Collection, which went down in Paris over the weekend. Quite literally held on a giant faux cruise liner (titled the ‘La Pausa’), inside the inimitable Le Grand Palais, the show was the most extra, most spectacular event our eyes have been made privy to in a v long time.
The set was truly mind-bending (see above for proof), the clothes made us want to pack up shop and set off on a yacht headed straight for the French Riviera, the playlist was packed with disco jams, and the front row was dotted with a bunch of our fave celebs. With all due respect to my grandmother and her thrilling tales of the high sea, the only cruise I’d ever want to embark on from hereon in is a Chanel-themed one.
Pop on a face mask, sink further down into your chair, and let’s reflect back on all the key takeaways from Chanel’s truly jaw-dropping Cruise 2018/19 Collection (before watching it in its entirety below)!
Lily-Rose Depp Owned The Night
Ultimate sweetheart, Lily-Rose Depp, has been a favey of the fashion house for a minute now. And for good reason—the lil’ angel literally shone on the night, wearing the metallic mini dress of our dreamz with matching heels. Ily!
Margot Robbie Emerged As The Undisputed Queen Of The Smize
Sous les yeux de Kristen Stewart et Lily-Rose Depp, Karl Lagerfeld a fait accoster un paquebot sous la verrière du Grand Palais. Du grand spectacle signé Karl Lagerfeld présentant une collection destinée à ceux qui ont la chance d’embarquer pour une croisière en hiver. À moins que cela ne soit pour s’envoler pour les tropiques… • Let’s board to the #ChanelCruise boat with #KristenStewart, #LilyRoseDepp, #BellaHadid, #GigiHadid and #KarlLagerfeld @chanelofficial #MargotRobbie #lapausa 📷/ 🎥 @richardgianorio 🖋 @jufeutry
Margot Robbie is an incredible actress (still scooping my jaw off the floor after I Tonya, tbh), a natural beauty, and, as evidenced by her efforts at Chanel over the weekend, an absolute pro at smizing/owning a media wall. *Brb, going to practice this in front of a mirror for the next time a camera is pointed in my direction.*
She was also there to school everyone on how to wear a necktie.
Phoebe Tonkin Emerged As Our Forever Girl Crush
So many Aussie babes, so little time. Phoebe Tonkin is another front row favourite for Chanel, and it makes perf sense. She looked like an understated earth angel in a tonal tweed dress from the label.
And Together, They Brightened Up The Front Row
Two words: friendship goals.
Pedal Pushers Made Their Triumphant Return
The return of the Capri pant has been on the horizon for a minute, and now it’s officially official: the pant generally favoured by mum’s and your tweenage self in the early 00s are about to be everywhere. Go on, and set those calves free!
Berets Were Given The Chanel Treatment
Chanel just extended the shelf life of berets for at least another season by sending a slew of tweed iterations down their runway. They’re 100% cute as a button, and we want one to call our own. Stat.
Sea-Themed Accessories Made A (Fitting) Appearance
Sea-themed accessories are so hot right now. This bag, in all its nautical glory, proves just why.
Mary Janes Were Solidified As The Shoe Of The Moment
Mary Janes are also ~trending~ at the moment. But, unlike the Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Carel iterations that are clogging your Instagram feed, Karl Lagerfeld opted for the shoe in white and silver. Très chic.
And, Excuse Us While We Go Buy Some White Tights
And we’ll excuse you while you go buy yours.
Adut Akech Opened And Closed The Show (!!),
WOW! Literally just woke up in shock that I really opened and lead the finale of the @chanelofficial Cruise 2018/19 show last night at the Grand Palais and it was an absolute honour. No amount of words can even express what this moment means to me. Walking a Chanel show was a dream come true and a great achievement but now opening the show it blows my mind. It makes me so proud knowing that I am not only representing dark-skin models but also other models of colour from all around the world. This moment was a true celebration of us, our beauty and work. I could not be any prouder to a representation of you all. Merci beaucoup @karllagerfeld @amandaharlech @aurelieduclos and the whole Chanel team for recognising me and believing in me to open, walk and lead the finale in your beautiful show last night. It was truely a magical moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Styled by #virginieviard Makeup @luciapicaofficial Hair by @sammcknight1 ❤🖤🎉
Most beautiful model, Adut Akech, was also there to open and close the mind-bending show, melting hearts everywhere whilst she was at it.
Ya Fave Sisters Came To Slay
Older sis Gigi Hadid took to the runway in a very classic Chanel tweed skirt suit, while baby Bella was dressed in an #edgy royal blue cropped jacket and high-waisted pants. Needless to say, they both looked fi-yah.
This Smol Dog Was There To Make The Occasion Infinitely Cuter
You, me and the Sea ⚓❤🛳🐶 @chanelofficial #CHANELcruise . . . . . #chanel #cruiselife #cutedogs #chien #maltese #chaneladdict #chanellover #fashionistas #fashionstylist #fashiontrends #fashionlove #stylemepretty #styleguide #styleguide #sailor #sealife #boattrip #boatlife #doginstagram #dogmom #dogfriendly #dogdailyfeaturesss #dogloversofinstagram #dogfashion #dogofinstagram #petlover #cuteanimals #fluff #cutenessoverload
This little sea doggo is guaranteed to cure even the most severe Mondayitis, espesh ‘cause she kept with the nautical theme in a striped red and white shirt. So. Damn. Kewt.
And The After Party Popped Off Inside The Cruise Liner
Seafood snacks were flowing, disco music was pumping and a lot of very famous people were there to push the boat out.
Watch the magic unfold with your very own eyes below. If you aren’t inspired to get up out of your seat and dance at 9:45, there’s probably something wrong with you…
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