Chanel 'Launches' Rocket at Paris Fashion Week

Chanel rocket
Models wearing space-themed Chanel outfits pose beneath a mock rocket on the runway during the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 show on March 7. (Image credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Chanel launched a line of interstellar fashion — and a custom Chanel rocket — at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday (March 7).

Fake sparks flew and clouds of "exhaust" filled the stage as the Chanel rocket lifted off from the center of the runway to the tune of Elton John's classic hit "Rocket Man." [Chanel Launchpad No. 5: The Space-Age Threads of Paris Fashion Week 2017 (Photos)]

Before the countdown to liftoff, a troupe of models sporting space-age fashions marched onto the round stage around the rocket. They rocked metallic space blankets, sparkly boots, astronaut prints and planet-shaped handbags. [Photos: Out-of-this-World Fashion at Couture in Orbit]

Chanel's shiny new line of space fashion might not make for the most practical astronaut wardrobe, but you can bet that the price tags will likely be astronomical.

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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.