Chanel Resort 2012 Collection

Posted on May 10, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld unveiled the latest Chanel resort collection at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc in Antibes, French Riviera. Both the collection and the location highlighted something for us we never managed to articulate before: Chanel + Resort = Boring.

First, a little background about the Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc (because it’s relevant):

” This villa, set in “a forest” at the tip of the Cap d’Antibes peninsula, re-creates a nineteenth-century château. Since 1870 the glamorous white-walled Hotel du Cap on the French Riviera has been one of the most storied and luxurious resorts in the world. Guests who flocked there included Marlene Dietrich, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Winston Churchill. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton conducted an affair and honeymooned there.”

This isn’t the first time he’s shown a resort collection here and he’s said that the location itself provides a lot of the inspiration for the looks. Now look at the collection:

When it comes to resort, Karl really only has one clientele in mind: the super-rich. These are billionaire clothes, which means they’re impeccably made and mostly classic in style. Old money clothes for the people who either are or want you to think they are old money. In other words, they’re boring.  We don’t actually dislike anything here (although the yellows and lilacs are a bit twee); it’s just that both the inspiration and the customer for this collection ensure that the clothes are going to be less-than-scintillating.

Oh wait. There is one thing we hate: those ridiculous open-toed boots. It’s kind of comforting that even oil sheik’s wives and European royalty occasionally succumb to trendy fashion disasters.



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