Fashion’s elite are facing a difficult choice: to attend the Chanel fashion show or the Met Gala?Karl Lagerfeld has announced that his new collection will be shown in Seoul, South Korea on May 4 – the same date as Anna Wintour’s star-studded Ball in New York – meaning that the style set won’t be able to attend both events.
“We had committed to bringing our cruise collection to our Korean clients and May 4 was the only possible date,” a Chanel representative told WWD. “Chanel is very much dedicated to supporting the Anna Wintour Costume Institute Benefit this year as we always have.”
“We greatly respect the incredible contributions Anna Wintour and The Metropolitan Museum of Art have made toward the preservation, education and celebration of the art of fashion, and are proud to be a supporter of this important institution.”
This will be the second scheduling clash that Chanel has faced recently. Last December, Karl showed his Metiers d’Art collection in Austria on the same night as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Models such as Karlie Kloss and Candice Swanepoel, who have walked for Karl on numerous occasions, were unable to make the designer’s show as their status as Victoria’s Secret angels saw them contractually obliged to walk the lingerie giant’s runway extravaganza.
With both the Chanel show and the Met Gala being two of the most highly-anticipated events in the fashion calendar, models such as Kendall Jenner may face a tough choice, as she has walked in the French fashion house’s last few shows.
Meanwhile, this year’s Met Gala will see Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence co-hosting the ball, alongside Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch and Gong Li.
The Hunger Games star takes the reins from Sarah Jessica Parker and her friend and former co-star Bradley Cooper, who co-hosted the 2014 event.
This year’s Costume Institute’s Exhibition theme will be Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion. The exhibition will feature representations of China with over a hundred pieces from the world’s biggest fashion designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.