karl lagerfeld interviews his chanel muse, a french astronaut in space
Following Chanel’s rocket-fueled fall/winter 17 show, Lagerfeld spoke with a real-life astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station.
Karl Lagerfeld's seasonal spectaculars for Chanel are always out-of-this-world, and he really outdid himself during the fall/winter 17 show in Paris this March. Models walked the white and silver chrome catwalk — accented with tubes and monitors — while circling a huge space rocket that later took off from the show's epicentre in a stunning finale, leaving the metallic-tweed-clad beauties in a cloud of sparkles and smoke.
Lagerfeld has now revealed the real-life inspiration behind this space-age spectacle: a French astronaut named Thomas Pesquet, who took a rocket up to the International Space Station last November and is still there. The French design legend caught up with his spaceman muse via an interview on the radio station France Info over the weekend, WWD reports.
"I admire [Pesquet]," Lagerfeld told the station. "In fact, he has even inspired fashion since I was indirectly inspired not only by where he is, but also by his personality, because I think he is more charismatic than his predecessors," the designer explained.
"I am very flattered that Karl Lagerfeld draws inspiration from space for his collections," Pesquet responded. "Thankfully he did not draw inspiration from astronauts's outfits, because obviously here we tend to wear European Space Agency polo shirts and pants with Velcro fastenings, which is not that great".
With Karl Lagerfeld being the ultimate fashion multi-hyphenate, it's not surprising that the French radio presenters wondered if he would like to trade places with Pesquet and become the chicest man in space. "No, I think it's a little late [for that]," Karl responded, explaining that, "the training is terrifying, on top of which I only speak four languages, and he must speak six, so, you see, it's not enough." Anyway, Karl has moved on to warmer climates, setting the recent Chanel resort show in a very summery Ancient Greece.
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Mitchell Sams