chanel cruise goes k-pop in seoul
Karl Lagerfeld took Gisele, Kristen Stewart and six-year-old modeling prodigy Hudson Kroenig to Korea for his latest resort collection.
Photography Han Myung-Gu/ Getty Images
Earlier today, Gisele sat on a little colored stool — like a real-life princess on a cartoon mushroom — and watched Chanel's 2016 Cruise collection process through the futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul.
The newly ex-super forewent walking in the show (and attending tonight's Met Ball in New York) and chose instead to enjoy her retirement as anyone would: by boarding a plane to Korea along with Kristen Stewart, Tilda Swinton, and a posse of models, to witness Kaiser Karl's latest outpouring of genius. It was a K-Pop extravaganza of a show, attended by genre royalty including G-Dragon and CL.
Tomorrow is also Children's Day in Korea — a national holiday on which kids are showered with gifts, candy and trips to the zoo. And the venue had fittingly playroom vibes. Multi-level seating and light fixtures looked like levitating Dots. And the runway resembled a Twister mat.
The clothes fell in step, too. There were digital prints that looked like mints (the red-and-white striped kind you only find in waiting rooms, but multicolored). Skirts fell in layers of organza like rainbow popsicles. The overriding color scheme was sherbet. And the final phase included an elegant black chiffon gown embroidered with sugar-like crystals. It looked like an evening dress a bratty child had thrown candy at at bedtime.
Other instant favorites were Mary-Janes worn with ankle socks, and an adorable cube-shaped version of the classic Chanel 2.55 bag, which dangled coyly from a wrist strap. But the standout accessories — tying the nearly 100 looks together — were giant coils of braided hair. They balanced on the doll-like heads of Molly Bair and Natalie Westling like Minnie Mouse ears.
While the overall takeaway was a blend of K-pop cute and Coco-certified chic, the finale was Korean to the core. Seoul homegirl Ji Hye Park wore a cotton-candy-colored riff on a traditional hanbok robe. And straight after her came Karl with fellow Korean model Soo Joo Park. In between them was Karl's jet-setting honorary nephew Hudson Kroenig, who, at age six, is already making a play for Gisele's throne.
Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photography Han Myung-Gu via Getty Images