Has Karl Lagerfeld been watching too much ‘Pan Am’ ? As flights of fantasy go, it didn’t come more kitsch – or gimmicky – than boarding Chanel’s jumbo jet, he created for his Spring/Summer couture collection in Paris cavernous Grand Palais.
As ever at Chanel the devil was in the detail, from the logo-ed Chanel carpeting, the sleek drinks trolley dispensing flutes of champagne to the audience, the electronic light displays showing guests to their seats and even the niftily-placed drink holders. While most fashion houses have been dramatically scaling back on their collections. Attendees were served drinks from airline-style trolleys before the show began for the first class. The dropped waist flapper style, seen at some of the Spring/Summer ready-to-wear shows, is given a sixties twist.
Shades of blue dominated the collection, which had a decidedly futuristic feel. Another decade thrown into the mix: classic Chanel meets 1980s snow-washed denim. Probably the last trip for Karl Lagerfeld…