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Paris Fashion Week

Chanel AW17

Chanel AW17 Olivier Saillant

In recent seasons at Chanel we have been transported to the supermarket, the café, the airport, the art gallery, even the future – so it would only seem logical for the next stop to be outer space. And we all know that when Karl does something, he does it big, so the Grand Palais decorated like a space centre complete with a giant rocket ship, although impressive, seemed practically run-of-the-mill for the world's most recognisable fashion brand. Until, that is, it 'launched' itself into orbit (really it contracted into itself to create the illusion of lift-off), the parade of models encircled in smoke and Elton John's Rocket Man blaring. Out of this world was the only way to describe it.

The space age theme played out onto the collection by way of beaded tweed jackets, shimmering metallic gowns, lamé trousers, knitwear shot through with silver thread and metallic-coated shearling jackets. Finished off with foil capes, glittery knee-high boots, lurex tights, jewelled headbands and quilted bags the size of pillows (note the new way to wear the double chain is with one strap cross body and the other on the opposite shoulder), it was a gleaming line-up in the truest sense of the word.

While modern in concept and fabrication, the silhouette harked back to the Sixties, the era when space travel began, and the interpretation of what futuristic garb would look like. And so, classic black and white houndstooth checks were blown up to eye-catching proportions, seen on boxy jackets, above-the-knee skirts and wide-leg trousers while swing coats, trapeze jackets and funnel-neck tunics in gleaming white swished by on Chanel faves Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Arizona Muse and Lindsey Wixson (those bouffant Barbarella hairdos amplified the notion). A modern space odyssey that only Lagerfeld could credibly pull off.

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  • Chanel AW17