May 4th is bound to be one for the books: The annual Met Gala and Chanel’s cruise collection are both scheduled to take place on that date, but in opposite corners of the world. Anna Wintour will be hosting the opening of the 2015 exhibit “China: Through the Looking Glass,” in New York City, while Karl Lagerfeld will be unveiling yet another lavish collection in Seoul, South Korea. Who will pledge allegiance to Karl and who will remain loyal to Anna?
Turns out, this wasn’t Chanel’s first choice of a date for the show. The brand had originally planned for the collection to bow at the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza on May 11th, but it caused a conflict with Dior’s cruise show, which is scheduled in Los Angeles on May 9th. The maison changed the date, taking into consideration the massive travel time between the two cities. However, there seem to be no hard feelings between Lagerfeld and Wintour. “We had committed to bringing our cruise collection to our Korean clients and May 4 was the only possible date,” a spokesperson for Chanel told WWD. “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.”