Paris – For Chanel’s spring/summer 2016 catwalk show, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a pristine airline terminal.
Like the Chanel supermarket, the space was designed to be Instagram-friendly, and featured a row of check-in desks with Chanel Airlines hosts and branded luggage where guests could pose for a shareable image.
While casual attire might suit most air passengers today, Lagerfeld clearly had other ideas for his Chanel customers. He sent models, some pulling suitcases, down the runway in a jet set tweed uniform in homage to the Air France red, white and blue colour palette. The air travel theme was continued throughout the space through the accessories. ‘Everybody is travelling today,’ Lagerfeld said in a behind the scenes video. ‘It’s global dressing.’
The Big Picture: Airports are proving to be a new source of inspiration for designers, who are increasingly playing with the iconic and sometimes banal cues of modern travel. For more, read our Flux Culture Inspire.