Paris Fashion Week SS16: Chanel
The set design: Just when we thought Karl Lagerfeld couldn't outdo the supermarket, brasserie and casino show sets, we were proven wrong at the Chanel airport terminal. Guests walked into the Grand Palais feeling like they were about to take a flight out to Destination Chanel. Airport security baggage scanners greeted us at the door. Once we made it through clearance, we were welcomed to the Aeroport Paris Cambon complete with departure boards, check-in counters, luggage carts and boarding gates. To keep up with the times, there were even self check-in kiosks.
First-class seats: No Chanel show is complete without a celebrity-filled front row. First class passengers included Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Depp, Marine Vacth, Clotilde Hesme, Janelle Monae, Kaya Scodelario and Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, just to name a few.
The collection: Travel in comfort and style with Chanel's spring/summer 2016 collection. For the business traveller, tweed skirt suits also known as the 'absolute suits' are designed without collars, pockets or buttons for travel convenience. For the holiday go-getter, casual offerings in tweed jumpsuits, knitted T-shirts, pants and dresses make for comfortable travel attire. And no matter how you travel, the Chanel trick is to layer it on. Skirts were layered over trousers and sweaters tied around the shoulder or waist.
Standout accessory: The Teva velcro sandals trend continues, but at Chanel it's been given the Kaiser Karl twist. Illuminating LED lights lined the flatform soles lighting the way to the nearest exit. And did we mention that it's finally fashionably cool to wear sandals with socks? Don't be making fun of those German tourists anymore.
Bag of the season: Travel light with Chanel's nano-sized trolley bag. What do you really need when you're travelling on Chanel Airlines? Your passport and phone.
"We travel more and more.
So why shouldn't there be Chanel luggage?"
- Karl Lagerfeld
#Want: The Coco Case, the new cabin luggage carried with the XXL 11.12 bag. Just how do we get our hands on the chicest luggage set to globetrot with?
The motifs: Keeping in line with the theme, blouses, trousers and pleated skirts were cheekily printed with departure boards, arrow signage and airplane motifs also made into pins and brooches.
Lesson learnt: Note to self — The only two accessories you need to wear after getting off a long haul flight are oversized mirrored sunglasses (that hides that jet-lagged look) and baseball caps worn the other way around (to keep your flat and dishevelled hair in place). And we promise you'll look deceptively and impossibly cool when you arrive.
The finale: Instead of making his usual runway walk, Karl Lagerfeld was at the airport terminal to receive his two favourite people, Hudson Kroenig and Cara Delevingne. The two were seen running towards Karl for a heartfelt embrace mimicking the joy everyone feels when someone returns home... aww.
To see the full collection, click on the gallery below.
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