Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to lavish, elaborate set designs. In years past, for example, the eccentric creative has staged his fashion shows inside of a grocery store and presented a resort collection in Cuba. For his latest trick, Lagerfeld went one step further, turning the runway into an elaborate approximation of a space program, complete with a rocket that launched during the show’s finale. The launch was accompanied by a soundtrack of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” and a prerequisite hashtag, #ChanelGroundControl. The set design complemented a collection inspired by outer space: dresses were built of metallic spacesuit material, while models’ sported elaborately coiffed hair—think Jane Fonda in Barbarella.
Chanel’s show is just the latest in a line of shows and presentations inspired by the ideas of space exploration and travel—Yohji Yamamoto’s Y-3 imprint recently completed a capsule built for Virgin Galactic passengers. Meanwhile, art fans might note the Ground Control presentation’s similarities to contemporary artist and bricoleur Tom Sachs’ Space Program performances.
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