Chanel’s Mile High Club

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Photography Justice Apple

Published October 7, 2015

After his glorious mile-high outing for Chanel, where guests were transported to Chanel Airlines at the Grand Palais, the most luxurious airport terminal of all time, Karl Lagerfeld shared: “I wanted to make the perfect airport where boarding is a pleasure, and not a nightmare which it is now.”

There were Chanel No. 5 terminal check-ins, luggage levies, and even Club Chanel VIP lounge seating center stage for a select few. In this lucky section sat Cara Delevingne with Hudson Kroenig, the seven-year-old Chanel model and godson of Lagerfeld. It’s worth noting Kroenig has appeared in numerous campaigns for the Parisian house alongside Joan Smalls, Pharrell Williams, and Delevingne, so it’s safe to assume he’s one well-traveled, and well-behaved, child worth sitting next to on a cross-Atlantic flight. In previous seasons, the younger Kroenig has walked the runway with his father Brad. This time senior Kroenig opened the show as a 1960’s era PanAm pilot with Baptiste Giabiconi as his co-pilot—both more blonde, more handsome, and more chic than any romanticized vision of that bygone era.

There were enough clothing options to outfit an entire Airbus A380 or Gulfstream V many times over (there’s no way this family is flying commercial), or at the very least, a private Boeing 747. There was a group of intarsia knits covered with cheeky airplanes in red, white, and blue certain to keep any passenger warm. Outfits fit for the grandest grandmother (classic tweed suits), her high-flying daughter (easy scarf print chiffon dresses and midi-length A-line skirts), and her ultra-hip teenaged granddaughters (shrunken knits, snap-back caps, and neon sunglasses) sauntered past TSA without removing a single metallic and vinyl heel. Dyed-to-match trolleys followed in tow. 

Standouts included the “plain” classic Chanel jackets in graphic tweeds or sequins. These were especially travel-friendly, free of their metal detector-alarming buttons and precious braids (though we’re certain their internal chains were still in place). However, shopping season, it will be all about the overnight flight-friendly Tevas with light up soles-the ultimate in form, function, comfort and luxury.

For more from Paris Fashion Week SS 2016, click here.