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A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 06: Models walk the runway at the Chanel Spring Summer 2016 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on October 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)
Models wear creations for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, right, model Cara Delevingne and boy Hudson Kroenig walk at the end of Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct.6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Janelle Monae poses as she arrives for Chanel' Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Designer Karl Lagarfeld arrives at the end of Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Guests pose before the presentation of Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Models wear creations as part of Chanel' Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
An unidentified guest poses for a picture before the start of Chanel' Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Models wear creations as part of Chanel' Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Models wear creations as part of Chanel' Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Model Kendall Jenner wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Kendall Jenner talks with Cara Delevingne during Chanel' Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Cara Delevingne, right, kisses Vogue chief editor Anna Wintour's hand after Chanel' Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A model wears a creation for Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A model wears a creation as part of Chanel' Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A model wears a creation as part of Chanel' Spring-Summer 2016 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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PARIS (AP) — The sky was the limit in Karl Lagerfeld's aviation-themed Chanel show on Tuesday, which saw an entire airport re-created under the lofty expanse of Paris' Grand Palais.

Guests couldn't quite believe their eyes as they entered one of Lagerfeld's most ambitious shows yet.

Young Japanese fashionistas bumped in to each other to take selfies beneath a giant electronic passenger information table, as model Cara Delevingne, singer Vanessa Paradis and tennis star Maria Sharapova breezed by.

Hostesses sat at check-in desks plastered in "Chanel Airlines" — with departure lounge chairs sprawling for hundreds of meters (yards).

Destinations on the board — Shanghai, Dallas, Salzburg, Dubai, Tokyo — were a showy check list of all the cities in which Chanel has recently presented collections, highlighting the global nature of one of the world's most lucrative luxury brands.

But the show itself, bien sur, was in Terminal No. 5, a reference to the brand's famous perfume.

"The inspiration is travel, long distance travel to every destination," Lagerfeld said, sipping a glass of mineral water from a silver platter.

The 95 diverse ready-to-wear looks riffed off the voyaging theme — with blue, red and white sweaters slung around shoulders, dresses printed with electronic passenger data, comfy check sandals, and bejeweled Chanel suitcases that will literally fly off the shelves.

There were even comfy '70s flared jeans, which Lagerfeld later acknowledged were made from exorbitantly-priced soft crepe.

"I like the idea of beautifully made clothes, used and worn like street wear," he explained.

Some of the looks in the swirling check patterns suffered from their pure exuberance. But the collection had a little bit for every woman from every country in the world.

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Thomas Adamson can be followed at Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP

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