- Laura McBurney
Paris, October 6th – Beneath the historic glass roof of the Grand Palais, Paris Cambon airport terminal 2c is in full operation, Chanel transforms their spring/summer 2016 show into a fully functioning airport, complete with check-in desks and departure gate named No.5 of course. The Chanel show one of the grand spectacles of fashion month, famous for their elaborate sets from supermarkets to restaurants, this season like any other is no different. The inspiration behind this show echos back to the golden days of travel and Chanel airlines is certainly first class.
Chanel airlines is certainly first class.
Lagerfeld plays with sky codes on knits and silks that are decked with airport motifs such as departure boards and signage. Models sport double ponytails adorned with metallic accessories that are imprinted with the iconic Chanel logo, an ode to the golden era before the days of hair donuts, combined with statement blue eyeshadow that is reminiscent of the Polly Mellen 1983 US Vogue editorial with Helmut Newton. The theme of travel is carried right through to the platform sandals with silver leather and plastic detailing combined with LED inserts that depict the light on the runway. The collection includes a serious of layered pieces along with full skirts with fastened tied sweaters draped over as if there were weight restrictions, but this is Chanel and the world of extra baggage fee’s don’t exist.
The theme of travel wouldn’t be complete without luggage and Chanel set the bar high with their wheelie ‘coco case’. There is very much an image of superlative freedom projected by Chanel, a vision of freedom that comes with travel for a brand that can take you anywhere and this collection is a testament to that.
Although there is a superficial element projected in this collection that’s unrealistic, however, Chanel transports you to another dimension but this airline is reserved only for first class passengers.
Image Credits: Chanel Presse.