Lagerfeld Claims Fashion Territory in Dubai

19 10 2010

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com

Story by Phillip B. Crook Klagerfeld_isla_moda_v_13oct10_rex_b_320x480

Karl Lagerfeld might be taking his moniker as The Kaiser a touch too literally. British Vogue reported this week that the designer’s set to conquer his own “fashion island” by 2014. No, not Fashion Island, the Newport Beach luxury mega-mall. Rather, Lagerfeld is designing a man-made island 12 miles off the coast of Dubai with Miami-based architecture firm Oppenheim and the KOR hotel group.

Isla Moda, a sprawling complex of glass, light and water, will include three luxury hotels, 150 residential villas (good luck getting into one of those) and high-end boutiques. If nothing else, this new venture secures a shoe-in market for Chanel’s resort collections, given that the island doesn’t sink back into the water. Can you say fashion disaster?

But chief among our bevy of question for Lagerfeld is, where exactly will the island go? Closer to Dubai’s sprouting palm or its archipelago of the world?

Claim your own slice of the Emirate, with our Guide to Gay Dubai.

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