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Chanel: Come Fly With Me

Godfrey Deeny
January 24th, 2012 @ 10:25 AM - Paris

Chanel took us on a continental flight in its latest haute couture show, creating a theatrical luxury jet liner in the bowels of the Grand Palais in Paris, where a sky blue spring 2012 collection was our in-flight entertainment.

Our take off time was a little after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan 24, when the Chanel Concorde left the ground, bound for the heavens in a show that riffed on azure throughout - from the opening retro futurist hostess looks to the blue cinematic sky seen through giant windows on the plane, and even the event's invitation.

Even by Chanel's high standards this was an exceptional set - with a virtual carousel, anchored aluminum chairs, portholes and aeronautic shape. There were even two ergonomic drinks wagons serving mango juice or water.

For spring, Chanel's couturier Karl Lagerfeld sees women in space age princess dresses cut with large scoop necklines, low hips and above the knee. Though being Chanel couture, the opening color blocked combos evolved into delightfully embroidered combinations, where the beads and sequins fainted further down the outfits. Whether in denim, jute, or super light wool boucle, the look was elegantly edgy, even as strips of glass beads and shiny stones added a posh allure.

There were brief black and white glimpses, the best of which was a memorably puff-shouldered coat in fabric petals and buds that looked almost organically cultivated. But from periwinkle galactic party dresses to ice blue columns with flared lapel jackets to the Chanel carpet with egg-shell blue logo, one color ruled today.

As the music rose to a dramatic crescendo with the plane at high-altitude cruising speed, the collection soared with some superlatively dextrous anthracite suits where the erratic crystal placement suggested the stars at night. The 80-meter-long plane's top window darkened at sunset and space age flappers sauntered along the aisles, their looks further heightened by some brilliant micro-beret encrustations and punk aristocrat spiky hair-dos courtesy of stylists Sam McKnight and Kamo.

"Why blue? Because blue is the color of the sky and it was time to fly," quipped pilot Lagerfeld after taking his entrance rather abruptly, as a paneled door slid open to reveal a virtual cockpit.

Though the collection will not rank as one of his most revolutionary for Chanel, nor its most audacious, the clothes had a certain elan that was highly engaging, and really rather unique. Plus, as a visual feast, heady piece of fashion theatre and cunning example of this house's ability to stage wrinkle-free events of great class, it was a reminder than when it comes to delivery and message telling, Chanel is the best-oiled machine in fashion - one without any real peer.

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