Chanel Cruise 2012 at the French Riviera

The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival is opening tomorrow, but the Chanel Cruise 2012 show got the glamour pumping on Monday at the French Riviera, kick starting the cruise/resort season. Even without moving the show to another country, Karl and crew threw an extravaganza that is simply the epitome of luxury, think booking Hotel du Cap (possibly the most expensive hotel in the world) for show venue, flying in a bevy of top models and accessorizing his looks with real jewels, diamonds, and pearls.

The collection itself is all over the place, while Karl himself told the press that he is inspired by Rita Hayworth and Aly Khan, former hot-blooded habitués of the Hotel du Cap, we see everything from beachwear to wedding, from hippie to preppy, from yellow to purple, all in one collection!

Celebrity guests who attended the show include Blake Lively in Spring/Summer 08 couture, Rachel Bilson also in couture, plus Alexa Chung, Vanessa Paradis, Clemence Posey and Anna Mouglais.