All the typical seaworthy clichés may have applied to Chanel’s Cruise 2019 outing, but only Karl Lagerfeld can stage a show with an overworked theme and make it chicer than chic.
This season, Lagerfeld took to the high seas, installing a massive, Titanic-style vessel, the SS La Pausa (named for Coco Chanel’s villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) in the center of Paris’ Grand Palais.
As the first note of the retro soundtrack played, models began to prance by Lagerfeld’s steamship. It seemed to be Lagerfeld’s Love Boat, with a touch of Fantasy Island thrown in. Lagerfeld, of course, acted as Mr. Roarke, always fulfilling our every fashion fantasy. Both of these beloved TV shows always featured famous guest stars, and so did Chanel’s Cruise—Kristen Stewart, Margot Robbie, Lily-Rose Depp, Ralph Fiennes, and other stars sat front row while taking in the nautical fare, which was flaunted by such models as Bella and Gigi Hadid, Barbara Palvin, and Yasmin Wijnaldum.