If there's one hotel in the world which best encapsulates the Chanel brand, it's the Cote d'Azur's Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Fittingly then, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld booked up the entire historical property for the last several days or more to get his Chanel Resort 2012 collection finalized and presentedusing most of the world's top models of the momentto fashion editors, celebrities and starlets.
The hotel itself, which ranks among the most expensive and elite hotels in the world, just emerged from a complete two-year renovation in April, just in time for Karl to properly turn the promenade into a runway and re-introduce the Hotel du Cap to the world. The collection, meanwhile, was all society and old money; lemon skirt suits began a show inspired by the style of Rita Hayworth and Aly Khan; it included 5-star-appropriate bathing suits, relaxed navy crepe dresses and dramatic, flowing evening wear. The more fashion-forward items you likely won't be seeing on many Chanel-buying bathing beauties are midriff-baring tweed sets and white leather thong sandals-boots.
The show concluded with a performance by Bryan Ferry and a 30-minute film by Karl Lagerfeld himself, but we're guessing that the real show was the next day, as the show's illustrious guests checked out of the Hotel after a night full of free-flowing booze and beauty.
If you're intrigued by the glamor (and who wouldn't be), the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is now again open to the public from a staggering 700 Euros per night (for the most basic rooms) in high season or 490 Euros in low season.