Try crowning the fashion capital of the world — cases can be made for London, Milan, Paris, or New York. But a collaboration between Karl Lagerfeld and a Dubai developer is looking to seal the deal for the burgeoning emirate. With a little help from Lagerfeld, “Isla Moda” will literally serve as the fashion capital of The World. One of the islands in Dubai’s global-replica island chain will feature a collection of 80 “limited edition” homes designed by Lagerfeld. Say hello to haute real estate. “Isla Moda has tremendous potential to be the style icon of the future,” says Lagerfeld, “and I intend on driving the island to high style stardom.”
Along with financial backing and the island canvas, Lagerfeld will be supported in his quest by the fashion fans and architectural artistes of Dubai, and will be followed by four more designers contributing to the construction of this fashion microcosm. Isla Moda will not be the first locale to rise to the top of the purebred-eat-purebred world of competitive couture, but it’ll be the first place built from the ground up with high fashion in mind every step of the way.