When Field Grey saw Chanel‘s SS16 collection we could hardly believe our luck. Could there be a presentation more up our street, to rival an arena transformed into an airport lounge designed and produced by Karl Lagerfeld? We think not. Karl’s summer 2012 couture collection springs to mind – set, as it was, an on a custom Chanel aeroplane, but a fully fledged airport terminal is something else.
The stark white terminal would rival the most glamorous airports in the world. The vast Grand Palais (after being imagined as a casino for AW15 couture) came complete with check-in desks, Chanel custom trollies, huge departure screens, dishy pilots, terminal seating and even runway gates (No.5, of course).
There were plenty of airline and airport details in the clothes, too. Many of the models wheeled along custom Chanel luggage nonchalantly, more with a brisk air of fashion traveller than that of an air hostess.
Next came Karl’s idea of what a Chanel traveller would look like, catering for the younger market with reverse snapback caps and strings of pearls; while the iconic tweed two-pieces were given a futuristic, metallic twist. Broad, angular lapels reminded us of classic, mid-century cabin crew uniforms.
Field Grey clocked some nods to archive airline uniforms, too. Intricate geometric patterns were reminiscent of airline uniforms in the 1980s and 1990s, like Paul Costelloe’s British Airways uniforms from 1992 onwards.
Other discerning Chanel travellers might like plain tweeds with matching boater hats:
Not to miss a single detail, Karl also produced extraordinary silk kaftans with electronic departure board themes:
And then there were more patterns that sought inspiration from cabin crew uniforms from decades past: garish patterns transformed into fashionable mix and match pieces:
The finale featured an energetic Cara Delevingne and mini pilot as the models confirmed their flight details at check-in desks and disappeared through gate No.5.
Watch the full show here: