PHOTOS: Welcome To Air Chanel!

Hot on the heels of their Vegas extravaganza, Chanel staged their spring 2012 couture show in Paris this afternoon. And perhaps in theme with the fleet of private jets they chartered over the weekend, models walked the sequined, drop-waisted wares down an airplane aisle rejiggered as a runway. Clever!

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The entire show took place inside a giant jetliner, complete with airplane seats and full-service beverage carts offering pre-show refreshments. The hair was Bride of Frankenstein-esque, with feathered faux-hawks and sequined fascinators, and the jewelry was appropriately bold and almost punk-inspired. The clothing, however, was far from either, made up instead of sheer embellished gowns, wide, shawl-collared suits, and frothy, ruffled mini-dresses with bold shoulders and low-slung pockets. Karl Lagerfeld also took the opportunity to make the best case yet for sheer pantyhose, these ones featuring sequin-spangled thighs. The lighting was questionable, though Karl stuck to a matching color scheme of black, lilac, powder blue, and dove gray. Despite the spectrum, the whole thing felt monochromatic, albeit appealingly so.

The audience was surprisingly light on celebrities, though we’re starting to wonder if Diane Kruger has her own personal Air Chanel plane dedicated to jetting her to and from the brand’s events. Also: why does she keep wearing clothes that make her look pregnant (the awesomeness of those over-the-knee boots notwithstanding)?


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