Karl Lagerfeld's latest Chanel spectacular took place in Singapore last night and, by Karl's standards, was a decidedly pared-back affair. The pre-spring/summer 2014 collection was unveiled inside a disused former nutmeg plantation - all concrete floors, whitewashed walls and electric lighting - to give the air of "tropics before air-conditioning".
Guests such as Dakota Fanning and Carine Roitfeld watched as models including Cara Delevingne, Lindsey Wixson and Joan Smalls paraded a collection heavily influenced by its Southeast Asian setting, but with nods to the fashion house's heritage - specifically, Gabrielle Chanel's first store in Deauville in 1913 - with a touch of British sportsmanship thrown in for good measure. The opening of coordinating two-pieces, dresses over wide-leg trousers and cricket wear -complete with bats, V-neck jumpers and shin guards - made way for little lace playsuits, pleated silk dresses and dual-length skirts. Eveningwear came complete with shimmer, sequins, exaggerated appliqué and lashings of pearls - layered around the neck, wrapped around the waist and cuffing wrists - all in Lagerfeld's signature monochrome color palette.
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"It's a bit of Chanel's history and a bit of influence from this part of the world," Lagerfeld told WWD. "You don't get into the details, you reinvent the details."