Sweet Odyssey

Colored gladiator sandals supported by a heel resembling a pillar and laurel leaves aplenty, Chanel’s 2018 cruise collection comes straight out of a Homeric epic, portraying Greco-Roman beauty matched only by Aphrodite and Venus. “The criteria of beauty in Ancient then Classical Greece still holds true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women,“ said Karl Lagerfeld. Looking beyond typical togas this season, Lagerfeld harkened back to Homer, whom he read at the tender age of seven. For the runway show, he envisioned a Hellenic forum erected in the middle of Paris to lay ground for his imagining of “modernity meets antiquity,” the name of this cruise collection.

The concept was one that had been previously explored by Coco Chanel when she was commissioned to design the costumes for Jean Cocteau’s 1927 operatic production of Antigone. This year, Lagerfeld brings the robes offstage for a series of vacation and poolside wearables.

The modern Greek goddess Lagerfeld conjured up is hugged by cotton tweed dresses, accentuating her form with a rope belt. For more casual occasions, she’s spotted in a simple t-shirt, embellished with an stylized laurel wreath print, tucked into a skirt with frayed fringe hems. The wreath is repeated in enhanced texture on a knit sweater fit for a deity. Her divine glow reveals itself while basking under the golden hour sun, adorned in a coordinating embroidered crop top and wide leg trousers.

A crocheted flap bag with gilded hardware finishes off these thematic ensembles, while a pleated iridescent backpack is a hero in its own right. Playing the part of Athena in the 21st century is an everyday role strong women take on, offering wisdom and protection to those around them. But even a patron goddess needs a getaway once in a while, and when she does take a holiday, she armors up in Chanel.