Blast Off! Chanel Takes Us to Space for Fall 2017

Blast Off! Chanel Takes Us to Space for Fall 2017

Ground control to Major Karl.

Ground control to Major Karl.

Photography: Dirk Alexander

Text: Jake Viswanath

If one’s in need of an escape during Paris Fashion Week, they can always count on Karl Lagerfeld to transport them to another world for the Chanel show every season. This go around, Lagerfeld and co. transported guests to new heights (even for him). The Grand Palais was transformed into a launch site for the first Chanel Rocket, complete with a show-stopping launch sequence into an imaginary Chanel galaxy, set to none other than Elton John’s “Rocket Man.”

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In true Lagerfeld fashion, the show’s theme extended way beyond the set. Space-age music from Daft Punk and Kraftwerk soundtracked the show, while the collection came across as Lagerfeld’s vision of future spacesuits should scientific restrictions and safety requirements be damned. Chanel’s signature tweed was reimagined for intergalactic travel, being constructed into suits, dresses, and trousers in spacey grey and burgundy shades. Shimmering metallics also permeated the runway in the form of Mylar jackets, blinding silver trousers, and glittery pantsuits.

In the spirit of space-age innovation, Lagerfeld drew from the past while also paving a new path of his own. The 60’s mod dresses and spaceman-patterned bombers gave a nod to the height of excitement about space exploration back in the day, and in an progressive move for Chanel, more men walked in the show than ever before. Models including V103 cover star Lucky Blue Smith dominated the runway in all-white looks, establishing a muted contrast which set the boys apart while letting the women rightfully shine.

But perhaps nothing shined more on the runway that Chanel’s kitsch accessories, as has become the norm every season. Each look was complete with cap-toe knee-high boots in a variety of tones, the standout being covered in silver glitter, and beaded sweatbands that highlighted the diverse cropped and sky-high hairstyles on display. Chanel’s re-envisioning of their classic handbags did not disappoint, as rocked-sized clutches with beaded fringe and large totes with hand pockets proved that Chanel can still keep up with the best of them.

If this show proves anything, it’s that Lagerfeld probably wants to get the hell away from Earth (we don’t blame him). But then we would be without his grandiose shows and stunning collections, one of the few reliable comforts in our lives, and that just wouldn’t be acceptable, would it?

Get an up close look at the collection in the slideshow below.

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