Sunglasses at the ready: it’s Fashion Week. The sartorial festivities kicked off in New York yesterday, then it’s on to London, Milan and Paris. And while we wouldn’t dare take credit for, say, Yeezy’s collection of post-apocalyptic sportswear, we can’t help but notice that the fashion set often gets its inspiration from the jet set. Here, we’ve rounded up our favourite examples of travel-themed runway shows.
1. Chanel Spring 2016: The French fashion house creates the chicest airline ever
What would flight attendants wear if Karl Lagerfeld ruled the skies? The crowd at Chanel’s spring show got a glimpse when the legendary designer transformed Paris’ Grand Palais into a hypothetical, hyper-fashionable airport terminal. There were branded check-in kiosks (staffed by male models, naturally), boarding passes and luggage carts. As for quilted airsick bags? Nope, they didn’t go there.
2. Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016: Snap-happy models turn ‘tourist’ into a compliment
As Vogue put it, D&G’s spring show celebrated ‘the sights, sounds and selfies of Italy.’ The clothes featured postcard prints and embroidered renditions of top tourist attractions, including gondola rides, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Coliseum. As for the models, they did tourism proud by carrying cameras and picnic baskets with panache. They also took selfies straight from the runway.
3. Tadashi Shoji Spring 2016: The runway has the feel of a ryokan
In probably the least verbose explanation since the invention of clothing, Tadashi Shoji summed up the idea behind his spring collection in one word: Japan. There were cherry blossoms and wisteria branches, and we couldn’t help but think of the gardens at the Beniya Mukayu hotel in Kanazawa.
4. Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2014: NYC gets a taste of the après life
Park Avenue played host to a ski lodge, at least momentarily, as Tommy Hilfiger presented his mountaineer-inspired collection. A makeshift chalet, complete with ski racks and faux snow, set the scene for oversized wool ponchos, shearling coats and bomber jackets fit for Colorado’s Rocky Mountains or the French Alps.
5. Louis Vuitton Fall 2012: Marc Jacobs brings luxury train travel to Paris
All aboard! In the ultimate display of runway theatrics, Marc Jacobs turned the Louvre into a train station and models arrived at the catwalk by way of vintage locomotive. There were even porters to carry each model’s bags – a fitting statement for a brand that got its start designing luggage.
Feature image via Instagram @dolcegabbana