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{live from the runway} Chanel Spring Couture 2012

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Chanel flew the fashion crowd sky-high on Tuesday, conjuring up a life-sized plane as the runway for an all-blue spring collection as it headlined day two of the Paris haute couture shows. Stewards walked the length of the central aisle, offering champagne to Chanel’s guests as they took their seats in the model aircraft, purpose-built inside the Grand Palais exhibition hall.
“After the red carpet, the blue carpet,” the house’s silver-haired designer Karl Lagerfeld, in trademark black suit and shades, quipped to reporters. “I love the plane,” said the globe-trotting couturier. “There’s nothing I find more relaxing. Your neighbours are stuck to their screens, there are no phones — it’s blissfully peaceful.”
Dim-lit, with “Exit” signs, images of fluffy clouds overhead and a cockpit at one end, the aircraft was carpeted in navy with a Chanel monogram, and its seats swivelled round to offer a full view of the runway.
Lagerfeld used no fewer than 154 shades of blue for the collection, whose look was defined by wide, soft chimney collars, puffed sleeves, lots of linear silhouettes and low waistlines, on both short and long dresses. “Blue is a palette all in itself,” Lagerfeld said, “the colour of air, of the sky, or the eyes of a little cat” — like the one he was recently given as a gift.

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