Chanel hosts Couture show as fashionistas are invited to board "private jet" runway

That's plane chic! Chanel hosts Couture show as fashionistas are invited to board 'private jet' runway

A select number of fashionistas were today delighted to find they had been invited to board 'Air Chanel'.

The elaborate setting for this season's Couture show saw the Grand Palais in Paris transformed into a 'private jet' – complete with numbered seating, floor-level lighting and even a slatted roof which revealed a 'faux-sky'.

Contrary to most plane rides these days – this was one flight no one wanted to disembark.

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A model presents a creation by German designer Karl Lagerfeld

Doors to manual: The Grand Palais in Paris was today transformed into an airplane for the Chanel Haute Couture show

Fashion Week at Grand Palais

Flying high: The 'aircraft' came complete with numbered seating, emergency exits and floor-level lighting…and a bar cart of course

Creative director Karl Lagerfeld has built an unrivaled reputation for hosting lavish shows.

Last year, he featured an under-the-sea theme starring Florence Welch and also a dinner party that could have been thrown by Marie Antoinette at the metier d'art celebration.

today is perhaps his most original production.

Karl emerges from the 'cockpit' to greet the crowd of 'passengers'

Flights of fancy: Karl emerges from the 'cockpit' to greet the crowd of 'passengers' as they applaud his creativity

 Karl Lagerfeld

'Air hostesses' walked down the 'aisle' as passengers were treated to a first-class ride

Chanel Haute-Couture Spring

Chanel Haute-Couture

Karl Lagerfeld

Texture: Shades of blue dominated the collection, dotted with monochrome as jeweled tights stole the show

The 'aisle' also featured emergency exits – a bar cart of course- and a cockpit, from where Karl emerged at the end of the show.

The lucky 'passengers' forming the front row were Cameron Diaz, who has been busy working the
Couture circuit this season, actress Diane Kruger and singer Vanessa

Also in attendance was 22-year-old actress Elizabeth Olsen.

Flying the British flag were models
Alice Dellal and the Delevigne sisters – who also walked the runway –
and heiress Daphne Guinness.

 Karl Lagerfeld

Karl is unrivaled when it comes to producing elaborate shows – but this is perhaps his most original to date

Chanel Haute-Couture Spring / Summer 2012

Chanel Haute-Couture

Chanel Haute-Couture

Bling, bling: Sequins and beads were offset by punk hair


Chanel Haute-Couture

Chanel Haute-Couture

Gone are the mini skirts: The summer collection featured longer hemlines

The Spring/Summer line featured longer hemlines than usual, with shades of blue and monochrome dominating the collection.

Designs were all about texture – sequin dresses, jeweled tights and rouche detailing – offset by punk hair and drop-waists.

Classics such as the Chanel suit and the Camelia flower were given modern, futuristic updates.

Diane Kruger

Cameron Diaz

Vanessa Paradis

Diane Kruger, Cameron Diaz and Vanessa Paradis were among the chosen few who were invited to the show

Elizabeth Olsen attending the Chanel Haute-Couture

Alice Dellal

Daphne Guinness

Elizabeth Olsen, Alice Dellal and Daphne Guinness were also in attendance