Karl Lagerfeld Gives Us ‘Chanel Airlines’, Creating An Actual Airport For His SS16 Show

For SS16, Karl Lagerfeld taking the fash pack on a round the world trip...

Building supermarkets, staging street protests and encasing Florence Welch in a giant clam shell… It’s all in a day’s work for Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who’s fashion show is always one of the most anticipated on the entire style calendar.

So for SS16, the Kaiser’s taking the fash pack on a round the world trip – starting, of course, at his very own Terminal Chanel. Yes, at his Paris Fashion Week show this morning, Karl Lagerfeld created an actual airport departure lounge, complete with flight attendants, baggage drop off and dozens of starry passengers.

These are the moments you need to know about…

The Epic Airport Set
Every editor arrived at the Grand Palais venue with their flight ticket in hand to see a huge departures board listing significant destinations for the brand. Chanel Airlines flies to Salzburg, New York, Moscow, London – anywhere the label has ever held one of its fashion spectaculars, really. Flight attendants worked the chicest staff uniforms ever (take note, BA and co) and were ready and waiting to check boarding passes and show editors to their seats. And obviously all guests want to fly from gate No. 5 after loading up on beauty products at duty free.

See all the looks in the gallery above…


The All-Star Passengers
All of Chanel’s A-list fans were flying CC class (that’s the equivalent to the FROW, right?). Cara Delevingne and girlfriend St Vincent were sat in the middle of the departures lounge with Lily-Rose Depp and mum Vanessa Paradis, while Kendall Jenner, Edie Campbell and more major names walked – because celebrities always have the best airport style anyway, right?

The Globally-Gathered Fashion References
Always important, the collection itself. Prints and textile references came from around the world – there were Ikats, tartans and tweeds, layers of saris were teamed with Brooklyn bomber jackets – everything was beautifully collaged together.


The genius was, as ever, in the details, as safety belt buckles and aeroplane pins accessorised each look, tying the concept together. Luggage, understandably, dominated over handbags, with patent quilted cases and trolleys accompanying most looks. If there’s one thing Lagerfeld loves, it’s a fashion theme, and today’s spectacular proved he is still the industry’s true master of showmanship.

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