Karl Lagerfeld is not one to shy away from commentary on social and pop cultural issues in his collections, although some of his references can come off as a bit crass—the most blatant example being the Native American headdresses that he showed in the Chanel pre-fall 2014 collection.
On Tuesday, the cruise 2015 collection walked in Dubai, and models carried quilted bags in the shape of petrol containers—likely a nod to the the city's historical role in the crude oil industry. Dubai, the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates, is ranked as the world's 8th leading oil producer.
In Chanel's fall 2014 collection, Lagerfeld played upon the theme of consumerism and a cheeky satire of American mass culture by showing bags in the shape of milk cartons and classic 2.55s shrink wrapped in plastic to simulate meat found at the supermarket. So, this latest homage seems fitting: If there's one thing that's more outrageously priced than the price of petrol, it's the skyrocketing cost of a Chanel bag.