Chanel just created the swankiest airport we’ve ever seen

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The Grand Palais was transformed into a Chanel airport today for the brand’s Paris Fashion Week show.
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Chanel has been known to do some pretty crazy things during Paris Fashion Week. They’ve thrown theatrical shows with sets that emulate grocery stores, bistros, and even casinos.

For its Spring/Summer 2016 show, Chanel turned the runway into a completely customized airport.

The meticulously designed space was filled with tons of branded eccentricities, mostly focusing on “Chanel Airlines” signs and memorabilia. There was also a Departures and Arrivals board, airport seats, and gate signs.

Karl Lagerfeld, the company’s head designer and creative director, had some personal reasons to make the idea come to fruition.

“I don’t star in movies, I am not a famous singer. I have no scandal and yet I cannot go out in public because they all want to take my picture, so it’s almost impossible for me to travel through airports,” Lagerfeld told Dazed Magazine co-founder Jefferson Hack.

Learn more about the setup, as well as who attended the show, below.


The event took place at the Grand Palais, a venue that has hosted exhibitions and events since it was built in 1900. It was declared a historic monument in 2000.

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An unidentified guest holds an invitation to the show.

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Here’s what the space — dubbed the Aeroport Paris Cambon, or Chanel Airlines Terminal 2C — looked like totally empty.


Guests needed a “boarding pass” to get inside.

A video posted by CHANEL (@chanelofficial) on Oct 5, 2015 at 9:16am PDT


Here’s a look at the Chanel Airlines counter, complete with staff who were assigned positions behind the desk.

No line to check into #ChanelAirlines, how marvelous!!

A photo posted by Eva Chen (@evachen212) on Oct 6, 2015 at 1:50am PDT


Staff members wore these pins.

#cabin crew #chanelairlines #parisfashionweek #ss16 #theclotheshorse #fashioneditor

A photo posted by IamTheClotheshorse (@clotheshorse90) on Oct 6, 2015 at 9:10am PDT


A classic Departures and Arrivals board was incorporated into the design.

Now boarding #ChanelAirlines Flight #5!

A photo posted by Eva Chen (@evachen212) on Oct 6, 2015 at 1:27am PDT


Chanel Airlines luggage trolleys were another one of the special pieces included in the space.

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Lagerfeld himself posed with one of the carts.


Airport seats were equipped with complimentary Chanel gift bags.

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Guests on hand included photographer Mario Testino (left), Vogue editor Anna Wintour (center), and tennis player Maria Sharapova (second from right).

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French singer Vanessa Paradis (left) and her daughter Lily-Rose Depp (right) were also in attendance.

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Depp is the star of Chanel’s latest eyewear campaign and a new face of the brand.


Lagerfeld walked the floor with model and actress Cara Delevingne.

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Accompanying Lagerfeld and Delevingne was also six-year-old Hudson Kroenig.

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Kroenig, who models for Chanel, is Lagerfeld’s godson.


Models present the Chanel Spring/Summer 2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection.

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They interacted with the space as they walked the runway, checking flight times and carrying suitcases.

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Some even dressed as flight attendants.

Ah, the golden age of travel. #ChanelAirlines show opener ????????????????

A video posted by Eva Chen (@evachen212) on Oct 6, 2015 at 1:59am PDT


Others pretended to check in at the counter as models wearing the spring/summer collection paraded by them.

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Chanel has continued to keep us on the edge of our seats — there’s no telling what they’ll do next.

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