May 16, 2011 12:00AM

Oystervision: Chanel Cruise 2011/2012

Karl Lagerfeld explains; Blake Lively gushes.

Last week Chanel launched its 2011/2012 Cruise collection at the luxurious and elegant Hotel du Cap, unveiling a collection that is vibrant, extravagant and classic. While Chanel's Autumn Winter 2011/2012 collection was moody and shadowy, this collection is bright and summery with diamonds, long hemlines and a touch of the midriff. The collection maintains the brand's enduring signatures: sharp tailoring and sophistication.

Our coverage has Karl Lagerfeld describing the colours of the collection (it's not 'yellow'!); the reason Chanel has prints this season; and the fusing of masculine and feminine. And also Blake Lively geeking out about every piece.

Edited by Nick Sweeney for

Music: 'Painted Eyes' by Hercules and Love Affair Feat. Aerea Negrot

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Words: Madeleine Atkins