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Ah, to be in the one percent of fashion's elite, where your biggest problem is deciding on which side of the globe you'll be spending May 4th. That's what magazine editors and front row-type celebrities are grappling with as Chanel sets its cruise show in Seoul for that date—the same date as the Met Ball.
Sources tell WWD that Karl Lagerfeld had originally wanted to schedule his show at the futuristic-looking Dongdaemun Design Plaza (often referred to as DDP, and designed by so-hot-right-now architect Zaha Hadid) in South Korea on May 11th. But with Dior's cruise show taking place in Los Angeles on May 9th, Lagerfeld moved the show up so that attendees would not face traveling snafus.
"We had committed to bringing our cruise collection to our Korean clients and May 4 was the only possible date," the house of Chanel said in a statement released to the paper. "Chanel is very much dedicated to supporting the Anna Wintour Costume Institute Benefit this year as we always have. 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."
Anna Wintour, who has chaired the gala since 1995 and had the museum's Costume Center named after her last year, deferred comment to the museum, who could not respond before publication since they were taking an adult snow day for non-blizzard Juno.
So will we be seeing an emptier red carpet at 1000 Fifth Avenue this spring? Let us know which one you'd rather attend in the comments section.