Now Boarding "Air Chanel" and Karl Lagerfeld is the Pilot

Chanel takes to the skies for Spring/Summer 2012 Haute Couture collection at Paris Fashion Week.

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 and floor-level lighting.

The plane was non-functional: set designers spent five days constructing the interior, which had “an extra-wide 164-foot aisle, 180-degree swivel seats for 250 high-profile guests, double-C monogrammed carpet, a holographic cockpit, and a slatted roof that revealed a vista of clouds’.

Getting on board was the usual lengthy airport trek. But once seated, the stylish drinks trolley reminded the fashion travelers that this was no ordinary airplane ride.

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.

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 Paradis.

Also in attendance was 22-year-old actress Elizabeth Olsen and heiress Daphne Guinness.

Models Karlie Kloss, Alice Dellal and the Delevigne sisters walked the runway.

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.

The most intricate embroidery weaving magic across the finest fabrics, it seems François Lesage should receive an official memorial during this summer 2012 couture season.

Mr. Lesage‘s company is thriving thanks to the support of Chanel, has left, in the words of the priest who conducted the funeral service in December, to “embroider the wings of angels.”

A single curving pad by the cheek made the most glamorous of earplugs.

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

The models were all in blue, like an open sky. Trim and elegant as fantasy air hostesses, the first models were sent out by Karl Lagerfeld, who appeared in front of a mock cockpit at the end to take his bow.

“It’s my blue period,” joked Mr. Lagerfeld, who explained that his cat’s eyes had set him on this path to the runway.

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