Words by Thomas Adamson
PARIS (AP) – The sky was the limit in Karl Lagerfeld's aviation-themed Chanel show this month, which saw an entire airport re-created under the lofty expanse of Paris' Grand Palais. Guests couldn't quite believe their eyes as they entered one of Lagerfeld's most ambitious shows yet.
Young Japanese fashionistas bumped in to each other to take selfies beneath a giant electronic passenger information table, as model Cara Delevingne, singer Vanessa Paradis and tennis star Maria Sharapova breezed by. Hostesses sat at check-in desks plastered in ‘Chanel Airlines’ – with departure lounge chairs sprawling for hundreds of metres.
Destinations on the board – Shanghai, Dallas, Salzburg, Dubai, Tokyo – were a showy check list of all the cities in which Chanel has recently presented collections, highlighting the global nature of one of the world's most lucrative luxury brands. But the show itself, bien sur, was in Terminal No. 5, a reference to the brand's famous perfume.
"The inspiration is travel, long-distance travel to every destination," Lagerfeld said, sipping a glass of mineral water from a silver platter.
The 95 diverse ready-to-wear looks riffed off the voyaging theme – with blue, red and white sweaters slung around shoulders, dresses printed with electronic passenger data, comfy check sandals, and bejewelled Chanel suitcases that will literally fly off the shelves. There were even comfy 1970s-style flared jeans, which Lagerfeld later acknowledged were made from exorbitantly priced soft crepe.
"I like the idea of beautifully made clothes, used and worn like street wear," he explained.
Some of the looks in the swirling check patterns suffered from their pure exuberance. But the collection had a little bit for every woman from every country in the world.
Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Thomas Adamson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.