Chanel hosts air­port show amid Paris avi­a­tion protest

The China Post - - ARTS - BY THOMAS ADAM­SON

The sky was the limit for Karl Lager­feld, who re-cre­ated an en­tire air­port un­der Paris’ Grand Palais in Chanel’s block­buster avi­a­tion-themed show at Paris Fash­ion Week — just as vi­o­lent protests by real-life avi­a­tion work­ers were tak­ing place else­where in the cap­i­tal.

The show caused many a drop­ping jaw even among Chanel’s VIP trav­el­ers, in­clud­ing model Cara Delev­ingne, singer Vanessa Par­adis and ten­nis star Maria Shara­pova — who told The As­so­ci­ated Press just what she thinks of fash­ion’s cur­rent sports­wear ma­nia.

Here are the high­lights of Tues­day’s celebrity-filled shows.

Chanel Air­lines

Guests couldn’t quite be­lieve their eyes as they en­tered one of Lager­feld’s most am­bi­tious fash­ion shows yet.

Young Ja­panese fash­ion­istas bumped in to each other to take self­ies be­neath a gi­ant elec­tronic pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion ta­ble. Hostesses sat at check-in desks plas­tered in “Chanel Air­lines” — with de­par­ture lounge chairs sprawl­ing for hun­dreds of me­ters (yards).

Des­ti­na­tions on the board — Shang­hai, Dal­las, Salzburg, Dubai, Tokyo — were a showy check list of all the cities in which Chanel has re­cently pre­sented col­lec­tions, high­light­ing the global na­ture of one of the world’s most lu­cra­tive lux­ury brands.

But the show it­self, bien sur, was in Ter­mi­nal No. 5, a ref­er­ence to the brand’s fa­mous per­fume.

“The in­spi­ra­tion is travel, long-dis­tance travel to ev­ery des­ti­na­tion,” Lager­feld said, sip­ping min­eral wa­ter from a sil­ver plat­ter.

Chanel’s Clothes

The 95 di­verse ready-to-wear looks riffed off the voyaging theme — with blue, red and white sweaters slung around shoul­ders, dresses printed with elec­tronic pas­sen­ger data in long, loose A-line shapes, comfy check san­dals, and be­jew­eled Chanel suit­cases that will — lit­er­ally — fly off the shelves.

There were even comfy ’70s flared jeans that Lager­feld later ac­knowl­edged were made from ex­or­bi­tantly-priced soft crepe.

“I like the idea of beau­ti­fully made clothes, used and worn like street wear,” he ex­plained.

Some of the looks in swirling blue, white and red check suf­fered from their pure ex­u­ber­ance. But the col­lec­tion had a lit­tle bit for ev­ery woman from ev­ery coun­try in the world.

Shara­pova Talks Sportwear

Ten­nis skirts and sports­wear-in­fused sil­hou­ettes have been ubiq­ui­tous on the Paris cat­walk for sev­eral sea­sons. So who bet­ter to com­ment on the ma­nia than Shara­pova?

“I’ve been to a few shows. I en­joy fol­low­ing fash­ion, and I’ve no­ticed this trend. Chanel has a lot of looks go­ing down the run­way with the sports in­flu­ence. I love it,” she said, decked out in Chanel with a floppy hat.

“At Stella (McCart­ney) you saw it again — there’s so much in­spi­ra­tion to take away, with the pleat­ing and all the fine de­tails that they in­cor­po­rate into ten­nis dresses as well,” she added.

The 28-year-old in­sisted she didn’t feel pres­sure to look good in the public eye, pre­fer­ring to “look like my­self and be com­fort­able.”

“Fash­ion is about be­ing able to ex­press your in­di­vid­u­al­ity. There is no right or wrong,” she said.

Kier­nan Shipka’s Com­ing Out

Fif­teen-year-old Kier­nan Shipka is al­ready caus­ing waves in fash­ion cir­cles.

The award-win­ning “Mad Men” star caused a flurry of pa­parazzi flashes as she ar­rived at the Valentino show, with some pho­tog­ra­phers un­sure as to whom she was — since she’s grown up so quickly.

Shipka looked stun­ning in a black-and-red lace Valentino dress with shades of green, with a pink pleated skirt from the 2016 re­sort col­lec­tion.

This won’t the last time she ap­pears at a Paris fash­ion show.

Valentino Hits the Spot

Valentino de­sign­ers Maria Grazia Chi­uri and Pier­paolo Pic- cioli crafted a rav­ish­ing uni­verse of dec­o­ra­tive, high-necked gowns that seems to bor­row from the Cen­tral Euro­pean eth­nic wardrobe. It was one of their strong­est ready-to-wear col­lec­tions to date. Clasps sen­su­ally high­lighted the neck, in gowns that were ei­ther an­kle-length or mini, with ev­ery de­tail ex­e­cuted per­fectly. Ro­man san­dals criss­crossed del­i­cately up the an­kle while em­bel­lished sleeves with mul­ti­color pan­els and del­i­cate fring­ing seemed to hark from Aus­tria’s Ty­rol re­gion.

A flash of saf­fron yel­low on a gown broke the dark hues that moved the fash­ion house in a sul­try, brood­ing di­rec­tion. A fringed black eth­nic-de­signed coat slinked past, shim­mer­ing like oil.

Awk­ward Tim­ing

Lager­feld de­fended his de­ci­sion to host an air­line-themed show in Paris when just a few miles away union ac­tivists chant­ing “Naked! Naked!” ripped the suit jack­ets and shirts off of two Air France ex­ec­u­tives Tues­day in a vi­o­lent avi­a­tion la­bor dis­pute.

“These shows are planned six months in ad­vance ... (Chanel’s) an or­a­cle of the times, but it takes months and months and months. Not 24 hours,” he said.

Im­ages of the shirt­less Air France ex­ec­u­tives splashed around the world. “It wasn’t very rosy for France’s im­age,” Lager­feld said.

Agnes B.

What could be more French than a baguette and cup of cof­fee?

That was the state­ment so-very-French de­signer Agnes B. made at the start of her rather hit-and-miss show.

It opened with a pair of mod­els in chicly cinched floor-length white and pale blue gowns walk­ing down the run­way at once. Other of­fer­ings in­cluded black-and-white ’60s op-art mo­tifs on A-line dresses, vivid, psy­che­delic prints and a se­ries of col­or­block­ing in red, yel­low and Cerulean blue.

For one fash­ion fol­lower, how­ever, the time­less motto “less is more” popped into mind.


Mod­els wear cre­ations for Chanel’s spring-sum­mer 2016 ready-to-wear fash­ion col­lec­tion pre­sented dur­ing the Paris Fash­ion Week in Paris, France, Tues­day, Oct. 6.


A model wears a cre­ation for Chanel’s spring-sum­mer 2016 ready-towear fash­ion col­lec­tion pre­sented dur­ing the Paris Fash­ion Week in Paris, France, Tues­day, Oct. 6.

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