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Less than 12 hours ago in Paris, the semiannual Chanel Haute Couture runway show took place, helmed as usual by designer Karl Lagerfeld. As photos of the looks trickle onto the web, we see that we're not the only ones watching Pan Am; Karl's collection turned out look after look inspired by flight, the glamorous 1960s, and the old way of getting dressed for travel.
But wait; there's more. Not only were the fashions jet-appropriate, but the entire show went down inside a set like the fuselage of a commercial airliner. Guests sat 3-4 abreast on either side of a central aisle, and were greeted by a trolley serving juices and champagne. The fauxplane inside Paris' Grand Palais, dubbed Air Chanel, took builders five days to construct.
Says the Telegraph UK of the end result:
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Blake tried to hide under an oversize hat but gave herself away with the huge Chanel tote she was dragging along. It's fitting, since she just landed the job as face of the French luxury house's handbag line. Can't somebody get her a Chanel ticket holder too? She held her ticket in her mouth while she got ready to go through security, which we don't recommend though we've all done it, since you just never know where those things have been.
If you're a fan of fashion, and French luxury brand Chanel in particular, then you may want to consider taking your vacation to Shanghai. Chanel is uber-focused on the Chinese city lately, having brought a special runway show to them plus a whole new flagship store within the just-opened Peninsula Hotel on the Bund.
Come January, there'll be 1/3 more Chanel in the city, with the debut of a "Culture Chanel" exhibition at Shanghai's Museum of Contemporary Art. Last time we were in Shanghai, their MoCA had devoted a few months to shoe master Salvatore Ferragamo, so fashion is definitely a big focus for locals and tourists alike.
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Karl Lagerfeld comes out for the Chanel finale in St. Tropez
Ever in pursuit of the latest fashion, the world turned its focus to the French designers last week as both Chanel and Christian Dior showed their 2011 resort collections on runways in two very exotic, very different locales. Considering the price of French luxury fashion, you could have a glamorous VIP trip to either of the cities for the price of an entire outfit; so which would you choose? Perhaps we ought to tell you what places had the honor of hosting the shows first...
Chanel, whose designer Karl Lagerfeld has taken his resort girls everywhere from the pool at The Raleigh in Miami to an airplane hangar in Santa Monica over the last few years, chose St. Tropez as both his muse and backdrop. Marching girls down the promenade along the ocean after a night of playing Pétanque with celebrities, Lagerfeld evoked the freewheeling, youthful spirit of the South of France and gave us yet another reason to add the jet-set playground of St Tropez to our bucket list. He even directed an entire mini-movie in the Côte d'Azur town, which you can view after the jump.
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In case you haven't heard, static institutions are out, and mobile museums are all the rage. So if you thought you saw a UFO-like-thing landing in Central Park earlier this week, it was just the latest traveling museum to touch down in NYC: The Chanel Contemporary Art Container.
The museum combines a trend we do like--British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid's space-age, deconstructive design--with a trend we don't like--blurring the line between fine art and commercial fashion. (All of the art has been "inspired" by Chanel handbags.) But, we'll get on board with anything that looks like a "happening," so we'll be in line next week for our tickets, when the museum opens in Rumsey Playfield.
The movable museum, which has already been in Tokyo and Hong Kong, will be open in New York October 20 through November 9, before continuing on to London, Moscow and Paris.
· Chanel Contemporary Art Container [Official Site]
· Architecture Travel: Putting New on Top of Nothing [Jaunted]