We love discussing airport style as much as we enjoy talking about red carpet fashion. Airport fashion may not be as fantastical as the designer gowns at awards shows, but we can’t get enough of it. Clearly we aren’t the only ones who love jet-setting style: The Chanel Spring 2016 show at Paris Fashion Week had an airport theme. It may not seem like the most glamorous theme, but remember, this is Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld we are talking about, darling. You can only wish that real airport terminals looked like this.
We have seen some amazing fashion show venues and Chanel’s latest show definitely deserves a spot on the list. Chanel never fails to impress with their interesting show themes and innovative set designs. The most recent couture show had a restaurant theme complete with waiters and scrumptious food. Prior to that, there was the street protest show. They also love to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Remember the grocery store-themed show?
For the Spring 2016 show, the Grand Palais venue was turned into a Chanel airport complete with a check-in counter, baggage check, lounge, gates, and departures and arrivals boards. There were even baggage carts which were given a fashion makeover and stamped with Chanel’s logo. In the finale, the adorable Hudson Kroenig came out with Karl dressed as a pilot. If you were lucky enough to snag an invite to the show, the invitation was a flight ticket.
We could talk about the set all day but we cannot forget about the clothes. The airport theme was also carried over to the outfits. There were airplane-printed sweatpants and tops which would be perfect for traveling. The casual looks were accessorized with backwards caps, which is a favorite styling trick of Chanel favorite Cara Delevingne.
Speaking of accessories, there were also quirky pins in the shape of planes; safety belts were even incorporated into outfits. The chunky sandals lit up like your favorite pair of shoes you had when your in pre-school. The airport theme may not be as obvious in those but they are comfortable for traveling and the lights on the black strip do look like little lit-up lane windows.
For the people who believe that you should get dressed up to travel, there were lots of classic Chanel suits shown. Instead of the sporty caps, the suits were accessorized with delicate boat hats. The looks recalled the area of when flying was something people got dressed up for.
Of course there was also plenty of luggage. Models walked down the
runway terminal rolling printed cases and toting chic carry-ons. There was even a tiny clutch-sized piece of luggage that is will be on everyone’s wishlists. You don’t have to worry about baggage restrictions with it.
Even people who loathe flying have to admit the the whole show was amazing. It had everything that an airport should have, although there wasn’t anything mention about a duty-free shopping area. Just imagine that. That would be almost as good as getting to depart from Gate No.5.
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