There’s no denying Karl Lagerfeld’s ability to put on a spectacle when he presents his collections for Chanel. Season after season, we’ve seen Paris’s Grand Palais transformed into a functioning supermarket, a rocket launch centre, and even a waterfall oasis. So when it came time for Chanel Cruise 2019—in which CR girls Bella Hadid, sister Gigi, and Barbara Palvin took to the runway in soft tweed berets and—he once again put his showmanship skills to use with the unveiling of a grand cruise ship named La Pausa.
But Lagerfeld didn’t just come up with name. La Pausa has a long history with the house of Chanel, one that started with its founder, Coco, back in the early 1930s. La Pausa is a real life villa that once belonged to the legendary designer, nestled between the French regions of Monte Carlo and Menton near the eastern end of the French Riviera. It was constructed in 1928 by the architect Robert Streitz for Chanel and her lover Hugh Grosvenor, the second Duke of Westminster. Its design was said to resemble the convent orphanage in which she was raised. It was the only home she ever owned, until it was sold in 1953.
But the history doesn’t stop there. The villa’s name would eventually make its way onto one of the French fashion brand’s many fragrances—the floral and iris-infused 28 La Pausa.
So while Lagerfeld continues to dazzle us with extravagant défiles, one can’t help but to also appreciate this fitting homage to his predecessor.END
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