Although previews of the new Chanel Cruise 2014 campaign were already posted on the tFS forums three weeks ago, shots featuring Spanish model Dalianah Arekion didn’t surface until earlier this week. The model, who got her breakthrough thanks to a Givenchy campaign and runway exclusive, is a welcome addition to the cast that also includes Ashleigh Good and Nadja Bender as it proves that Karl Lagerfeld continues to embrace racial diversity in Chanel campaigns. Other models of color that recently nabbed a spot as the faces of Chanel are Joan Smalls, Soo Joo Park, Chiharu Okunugi and Cora Emmanuel. Needless to say, tFS forum members were happy to see Dalianah in this campaign.
TREVOFASHIONISTO exclaimed, “Wow congrats for Dalianah scoring this campaign.”
“Yeah very happy for her! She's gorgeous,” commented anlabe32.
As anlabe32 further noted, the influence of Carine Roitfeld, who is responsible for the styling here, in the model casting may have helped Dalianah score this campaign. Unfortunately, the direction for the campaign did not impress quite as much as the model cast and forum member also went on to discuss whether Dalianah was possibly added to the images via post-production.
GERGIN said, “I feel like there could have been more work done with the scenery…I mean they were literally thrown into that corner to get photographed…the models on that staircase would have made for a much more interesting campaign.”
And teaars wrote, “[Dalianah] seems almost purposefully out of place, like her shots were added after the first two girls were shot. She adds some strength to this campaign that was lacking pretty hard. I do wish we saw her gorgeous face more.”
Whether it’s just due to the adequate model cast or not, I consider this Chanel campaign is a success. The images are classy and suit the collection perfectly, and the surprise appearances of some unexpected models can only be applauded.