While I adore travelling, it has to be said that airports are not always my favourite places to be in, particularly when I have to spend many hours there between flights. And the more I fly, the more I notice things I wish I could change about them (but that’s a story for another day). It seems Karl Lagerfeld thinks along the the same lines and has created a Utopian-like world for his latest runway extravaganza featuring the only airline I’d ever want to travel on again – Chanel.
Transporting you to a bygone era where travel was a thing of glamour, the Chanel Spring-Summer 2016 Ready-to-Wear Show featured streams of impeccably dressed travellers toting impossibly beautiful carry-on luggage through a pristine and stylishly minimalist airport. Behind clutter-free counters, devoid of the common eyesores of brightly-coloured banners, sat immaculately dressed Chanel Airlines staff, complete with perfectly slicked-back hair and practical yet stylish chignons, waiting to fulfil the travellers’ every desire.
Blue in the face from being so on trend, rather than from exhausting themselves during the battle that is checking in, they glide effortlessly from the counter, breeze dreamily through security and prepare to board a luxurious airplane – where the seats and aisles are so wide they could do sun salutations and downward dog poses throughout the flight if only their tweed mini skirts would allow – on their way to some glamorous destination.
Should you find yourself near a Chanel boutique – feeling flush and in the mood to indulge your fashion fantasies – the collection will be available from March 2016. I may need a trip to Paris after watching the videos from the show (but only if it’s aboard Chanel Airlines of course). Until then, I’ll have to settle for tying my Chanel silk scarf delicately around my neck and toting my Chanel luggage (a la Thailand) around trying desperately to maintain an air of glamour and contentment while fighting my way through the chaos that is today’s airports. C’est la vie.
Featuring an array of blue hues from sky to midnight, the cool look used for the show was all about the eyes. Make-up artists used Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tissé Smoky and Tissé Jazz (R775 each), Illusion d’Ombre in Mystério (R475) and Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Blue Night (R485).
Here are my top 10 my favourite outfits from the new collection.
You can watch the full Chanel Spring-Summer 2016 Ready-to-Wear show below.
Take a look at this quick behind-the-scenes video to see the prep and bustle of being backstage.
See what Head Designer and Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld has to say about airport life and his new collection.