Chanel in Venice
On Thursday, something (almost) as exciting as my birthday was taking place: Chanel Cruise Collection 2010, themed around the charms of the beautiful city of Venice.
Guests were invited to enjoy the show on the famous Venetian Lido, a key location in Luchino Visconti‘s masterpiece Death in Venice, which Lagerfeld revealed a major inspiration for the collection.
Despite more 30’s inspired hair, the models were dressed with key elements of Belle-Époque sartorial fashion, as seen on the bourgeois families on vacation in Death in Venice, but also in recent film Cheri – currently in cinemas in Europe – on courtesan Lea played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
That is, luxurious white ruffles, lace necklines and Death in Venice fascinating young hero Tadzio‘s sailor stripes indeed. As mysterious and attractive at Tadzio, girls walked on the runway hiding behind mask-glasses in a show dominated by the purity of back and white in true Chanel style.
As you know how fond I am of interconnections between fashion and the arts, I really appreciate how Chanel has been particularly inspired by the arts recently, from Russian Constructivism with the Fall-Winter 09 collection to the legacy of Russian Tsars with the Paris-Moscow collection.
As for Death in Venice, if you have not watched it yet, I greatly recommend this masterpiece of Italian film, which won the Palme d’or at Cannes Film Festival, back in 1971. As Cannes 2009 just opened, isn’t it time to watch it?
Pictures: left: Chanel Cruise 2010, Davide Maestri for WWD. Right: stills from Death in Venice