Not one to underwhelm and always one to surprise, Karl Lagerfeld transported guests back to ancient Greek with the Chanel Cruise 2017-2018 collection. Following the theme of “The Modernity of Antiquity”, the collection reimagined traditional Grecian codes of classicism into modern sophistication.

“I’m expressing through fashion a fascination I’ve had since childhood. The first book I read was Homer,” explains Karl Lagerfeld of his inspiration. “The criteria of beauty in ancient, then classical, Greece still hold true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women.”

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Inspired by the Spartan wardrobe, the collection featured knee-high gladiator heels and pleated skirts paired with bibbed bodices embellished with multicolored stones.

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Ethereal, draped dresses were printed with gold-tinged crowns of oak leaves and laurel branches.

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Greek goddess looks were on point, with flowing, toga-styled dresses paired with gladiator heels criss crossing up to the knee.

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Details, details: The owl is a motif featured throughout the collection, which is a mythological of wisdom.

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Draped dresses were highlighted with gold accessories that resembled branches, laurel leaves and olive leaves.

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Dresses featured Greek sleeves draped or gathered at the shoulder, with belted waists embroidered with sequins to create a marbled pattern.

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The perfect look for lounging: a 1950’s inspired swimsuit with transparent, embellished rain cape.

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No Chanel collection is complete with tweed: fringed, unlined pale or ocher tweed were made into crossover coats and dresses.

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The icon Chanel logo fashioned with the collection’s theme of gold leaves.

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Earthy shades and shimmering golds set the tone of the show, reminiscent of the ancient art and ceramics.