Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld has taken inspiration from the world of flying for his Spring 2016 show at Paris Fashion Week.
Models took to an unconventional catwalk in the Grand Palais, which was turned into a life-size airport terminal complete with steel seating, check-in counters, ticket agents, Chanel-branded luggage carts and departure boards.
According to The New York Times, “Guests handed over retro-style plane tickets before passing through security”.
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Lagerfeld is known for travelling the world by private jet, so will be unaccustomed to the stresses of economy class travel among the masses, but his clothing collection melds couture with comfort.
Described by commentators as “airport chic”, models walked in over-sized Aviator sunglasses, cashmere jogging bottoms (printed with aircraft motifs), post-modern tweed caps and skirts, roomy suits, slouched trousers and chiffon dresses.
Wearing silver gloves, behind them they pulled streamlined roller suitcases, while the footwear du jour were chunky perspex heels and, controversially, socks with sandals.
There was also plenty of futuristic metallics, crystal decoration and metal detailing; a nod to the dawn of a new Space Age.
As if facing a long flight delay, super-model Cara Delevingne watched from a VIP bench with child catwalk star Hudson Kroenig.
Globetrender hopes to see an equally well put-together airport full of travellers on its next trip abroad, although won’t be rocking socks and sandals no matter how hard Lagerfeld insists they’re cool.