Chanel’s Aviation inspiration for Spring/Summer 2016 in Paris

‘The world is a stage’. Well for head designer and creative director for Chanel, Karl Largerfeld, known for his lavish and entertaining fashion shows, it most certainly is.

Using private planes to jet around must have served as more than a flash of inspiration for his latest show: set in an airport terminal.

Having previously held shows in supermarkets and gardens this show was re-constructed in Paris’s Grand Palais for Paris Fashion week; the flamboyant designer named it the Chanel Airlines Terminal, even including a Gate “No. 5.”

Extending what can be our tad voyeuristic fascination with what others, especially celebrities, deem as travel-wear, Largerfeld’s collection displayed his collection as a form of art, challenging the commonly held opinion that necessity and comfort dictate we dress-down when traveling on a plane. Full skirts, wide pants and coloured-plaids, were assuredly presented with bright jackets, fingerless gloves and red aviators.  Each piece drawing the eye and the mind to the idea that travelling can also be an opportunity to make a statement. A statement that says to whoever’s looking (celebrity or otherwise) as you stride through the airport lounge, ‘I fly chanel darling’.

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