No one can match Karl Lagerfeld’s creative power. In the past Fashion Weeks, the designer has transformed Chanel‘s show location, the Grand Palais in Paris, into a supermarket, a casino and a French brasserie as a part of the runway shows he stages for the French house. This year, however, might be the most out-of-this-world offering he’s had yet: an interpretation of a space station, with a to-scale, fully Chanel-branded rocket ship that actually launched during the close of the show to the sound of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” The demonstration was complete with smoke and faux sparks, which had the audience seeing stars.
Yes, you read it just right – a 35-metre-tall rocket, which launched 10 meters into the air, all the way up to the 120-year-old glass ceiling of the Grand Palais, at the end of the Fall 2017 Chanel show.
In fact, the show that marked the end of Paris Fashion Week evoked memories of the Space Race and the women of NASA with an interstellar-themed presentation. Lagerfeld sent out subtle nods to the great era of space exploration, in the form of mod ’60s shift dresses and cap-toe go-go boots. This was pure 60s futurism, from the silver go-go boots to the bouffant blow-dries pushed back by wide Alice bands. The collection is monochrome, with grays and silvers.
Of course, it helped that actual stars were in the building, including runway stars Kendall Jenner and Gigi and Bella Hadid, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the brand muses Lily Rose-Depp, Cara Delevingne and Pharrell.