STYLE & BEAUTY
05/10/2011 08:06 am ET Updated Jul 10, 2011

Chanel Croisiere Show: Kristen McMenamy Back In A Bathing Suit, Tons Of Would-Be Marlene Dietrichs (PHOTOS)

After covering Vogue Italia in a bikini, 46-year-old Kristen McMenamy slipped back into a swimsuit for Monday's Chanel Croisiere show at the Hotel du Cap in Cap d'Antibes, France.

The silver-haired supermodel led the way for Karl Lagerfeld's cruise collection models, clad chiefly in black, white, black-and-white or a bold print...or a bejeweled turban, in the case of the kaiser's man muse Baptiste Giabiconi.

From the AP report:

Would-be Marlene Dietrichs sauntered the catwalk in bias-cut gowns of ivory silk that twinkled at the neckline with oversized pearls, their sultry gaits reflecting the very easygoing getaway chic that the Cruise line is meant to embody.

"It's about dressing down these very sumptuous looks, about easy elegance," the label's uber-designer, Karl Lagerfeld, told The Associated Press in a post-show interview.

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"This is about the women of Cannes, women who mix bathing suits with real pearls and diamonds," Lagerfeld said. "After all, you can't wear fakes into the water."

Obviously not! What an utterly unsophisticated assumption.

Take a look at Karl's newest offerings. And to see who sat front row, click here.

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