Earlier in May this year, the Grand Palais in Paris was transformed into a scene straight out of ancient Greece. Guests sat amongst crumbling ruins, a replica of the Temple of Poseidon, as models stalked past in gladiator sandals, with Roman columns as heels, wearing jersey gowns and tweed outfits matched with iridescent metal headbands, floral-embellished, multi-layered necklaces, rope bracelets, and colourful leather cuffs with interlocking double Cs.
The Cruise 2018 show was called 'The Modernity of Antiquity', and I was curious to see if this modernity would sit well outside of Lagerfeld's made-up version of ancient Greece. ("Reality is of no interest to me," Lagerfeld said. "I use what I like. My Greece is an idea.") And so at the Paris shows in September, I dug into Chanel's Midas chest to see how it fared in modern-day Paris (although this time, the Grand Palais was transformed into a tropical paradise with six waterfalls for the Chanel Spring/Summer 2018 show).
Back in the heat of Kuala Lumpur, craving my typical Parisian breakfast of a croissant and coffee, I head out to one of my favourite spots to get my fill.
A few days later, a meeting brings me to a café that's set within one of the pre-war townhouses in Chinatown. Set up like a traditional kopitiam with wooden chairs and round tables with marble tops, a feature that struck me within the café were its timeworn walls with layers of peeling paint. Somehow the iridescent metal Chanel headband and bracelets I had on, matched our environs perfectly. And that is Lagerfeld's genius; his take on 'modernity of antiquity' that somehow manages to look timeless yet current.
All accessories worn are from the Chanel Cruise 2018 collection, available in stores on Friday, 24 November 2017. Chanel is at LC-G06-7, Suria KLCC. Tel: 03-2726 1818.