Fashion people don't have enough places in which to isolate themselves from the Others, who don't care or know about the latest and greatest in Chanel fur boots and Hermès beach towels. What they really need, rather than private cars, parties, and planes, is their own private island, naturally, with a foreign name to make it sound even fancier, and a launch date sometime after the worst economic crash in decades has apparently begun to right itself. Well, friends, plebeians, loaded people: That time is approaching at last! Isla Moda, the man-made fashion-specific island community twenty kilometers off Dubai that Karl Lagerfeld is helping design, has been rendered. And it looks, predictably, like something out of Biodome meets Inception, which can only mean Karl has successfully infiltrated the dreams of his brethren and translated them architecturally to the three luxury hotels and 150 "lavish" residences that will comprise this elite sea-dwelling suburb. Also, it's a fantastic way for richies to cram more boats into their lives. And when you're wealthy, isn't that what matters? Check them out in the slideshow.
Isla Moda is a magical land, where grass grows indoors, waterfalls spill from nowhere into rivers that disappear into black holes, and, most important, the roofs look like disco balls.
The futuristic buildings resemble modern shelving. Perfect for storing spendy residents, while allowing them ample sunlight for tanning that never has to stop.
You know a place is fancy when the peacocks are albino.
And the scene out of Inception looks like the beginning of a fun night at the club (models! bottles! BOATS!), instead of your mind's innermost fears eating themselves.
Shoppers apparently can enjoy malls where everything is gold-plated and runway models pop out of bright corners at random.
The lighting is designed to make sure everyone always looks their best — you know, as though you're underwater all the time.
Residents will wear an obscene number of all-white outfits, and travel by James Bond's future speedboat.
The Others can view the fabulous sea dwellings from shore. And wonder how all that glass and all those canals will fare in a natural disaster.
Basically, it looks like a floating fish tank.
Or a computer chip! The future of living — for, like, five people — is here.
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