On Thursday, Chanel set sail aboard a life-size mock ship in Paris to present its Cruise 2019 collection, with Karl Lagerfeld as its literal creative helm. The designer was up to his usual tricks: He placed a rather large method of transport in the middle of the Grand Palais and invited show-goers to journey with him to a faraway land inhabited by the French fashion house's classic tweeds and pastel suits. This time, the runway travelled by water under the stars in a giant vessel, named "La Pausa," after Coco Chanel's summer villa on the French Riviera.
Guests were treated to the full cruise experience — sans endless booze, spring breakers and midnight buffets, of course. The invites were even fashioned after boarding passes.
A crew of models, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, exhibited Lagerfeld's nautical-themed vacation range: The voyage was filled with a selection of multicolored boucle suits, sensible white rubber Mary Janes, terrycloth caps and navy and pastel-colored stripes.
The accessories took hints from the high seas and were inspired by floatation devices — see lifesaver bag below.
The bearded captain concluded the show by taking a bow with fashion studio director Virginie Viard by his side.
Chanel's very literal Cruise 2019 presentation concluded with an afterparty on the lido deck.