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Chanel Does Space-Themed Fall/Winter 2017 Show

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Chanel Does Space-Themed Fall/Winter 2017 Show


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Fashion often gets knocked for its detachment from reality. But post-Trump, everything has a tinge of the surreal. (It’s real though. And that’s terrifying.)

Pharrell, Cara Delevingne, and Lily-Rose Depp, who sat front row.

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Anyway, maybe some of this was swirling in Karl Lagerfeld’s mind when he sent us blasting into space for his fall 2017 Chanel collection. Was the giant rocket erected in the middle of the Grand Palais a subtle reference to the space race against the Russians? Am I overthinking this? Probably. Fashion is about fantasy and sometimes that’s all there is to it.

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And in the way of fantasy, Lagerfeld laid the glitter and shimmer on thick: on cap-toed boots, on silver bubble wrap post-marathon stoles, on sequin-stuffed knits, and on tiny, shiny, rocket-shaped bags.

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Gigi Hadid walking.

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Bella Hadid walking.

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For the finale: blast off! Elton John’s “Rocket Man” began to blare and the giant rocket actually took off: The jets glowed red and billowed with smoke as the rocket launched towards the top of the Grand Palais.

It was enough to make even the most weary and jaded fashionista crack a smile. Fantasy indeed.

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