My idea of women’s aviation-inspired attire is the same as Mancino’s when she skydives (or these two when they ride the mile-highway): clothing optional. But Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel’s elegant spring-summer collection is a close second. On Tuesday, the second day of haute couture week when designer haughtiness is still fresh, Lagerfeld held an “aeroshow” for his seasonal fashion collection at the Grand Palais in Paris.
The doors opened to reveal a reconstructed life-size jumbo-jet and complemented its jet-set theme, which is always a closely-guarded secret for some obscure reason. Luggage lockers, walkways, Champagne trolleys. All the props you would need to make the whole atmosphere feel genuine. Lagerfeld, sporting the usual ironically unfashionable shades and powdered hair, narrated the catwalk from behind the cockpit and explained how blues were used excessively because of their optimistic traits. This will probably be immediately disregarded by all male readers, but the collection was done in embroidered silk with captivating blue and grays selected from a palette of the over 150 shades that were used. It may not be my cup of tea, but it’s definitely an improvement over those bright yellow life jackets that flight attendants usually sport.