Chanel Haute Couture takes flight

Were it not for the fauxhawks furnishing Chanel’s haute couture spring 2012 models with a whimsical punchline, it might have been feminine overload. But with a shock of punky hair and kohl smudged eyes, even the most ornately embellished outfits were given a modern wearability.

The shimmering pearls and sea-creature beading of the house’s mermaid inspired ready-to-wear spring collection trailed into the more elaborate couture garments. But overall there was nothing to suggest a defining theme or era. Even with a custom-built airplane interior as the runway, there was only an inkling of vintage air-hostess formality to Karl Lagerfeld’s creations.

If anything paid homage to flight it was really the prominence of blue – from morning light to midnight – amoung the collection’s colour palette, which took Lagerfeld’s designs from the sea to the sky.

You can see all of the Chanel haute couture spring 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

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