Chanel Cruise

Spring marks the socializing season. In Toronto, we shed our hibernating habits for 10 weeks of patios, parties and picture-worthy fashion before the lucky (and affluent) few migrate north to Muskoka for the summer months. In fashion, we introduce resort season.

 

What is resort season anyway? It’s the spring version of pre-fall, coming into stores after fall clothes go on sale but before the spring collections are brought in. As consumers, we’re able to shop it right before our holiday destination getaways, as the clothes were originally meant to wear on vacation. Now, brands are capitalizing on the creative freedom that comes with this in-between season, and we’re seeing furs and jackets and leathers thrown in with the traditional caftan-and-sandals looks.

I won’t lie - it’s kind of a mess. Unlike traditional show weeks, resort season hosts various shows around the world, the schedule spread across May and June, wrapping up just before couture. In the past few years, Resort has been gaining greater attention because of the elaborate shows set up by the big brands. This year did not disappoint.

It’s impossible to talk about resort season without mentioning Chanel. When it comes to resort, Chanel is in the league of its own, they even distinguish themselves with a separate name: Cruise. This year, they took their show to new heights by building a life-sized cruise ship as the backdrop of their runway, and the location for their after party. The whos-who of fashion was there, from editors to buyers to some of Chanel’s best clients, including one Ottawa resident who came as a guest of the Montreal store’s manager.  The show is the finale of a week’s worth of events, including dinners, trips to Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment, and meet-and-greets with Chanel’s hand-picked up-and-coming designers, who they support during the beginning of their career. With the extravagance and luxury that comes out of just this one show, there’s no wonder that a dress can cost over $30,000.

 

 C/O Harper's Bazaar

C/O Harper's Bazaar

Despite some awful comments from Lagerfeld coming out in April, it is hard to ignore the fabulous work of Chanel (and, knowing the size of the company, the hard work of everyone at the atelier who is working on this collection before Lagerfeld puts his seal of approval). This season, we’re seeing rich cerulean (Miranda Priestly would be proud), lush roses, baroque bronzes and bright whites. There were loud prints, smocked detailing, plastics and pleather. Each outfit donned a beautiful beret to tie the entire look together. It felt right, it felt Chanel.

Here are some of my favourite looks from the show: