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Chanel 'Launches' Rocket at Paris Fashion Week
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.
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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)]


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The staged launch looked impressively realistic, with support towers leaning aside as the rocket began to rise up from the floor. It did stop before hitting the glass ceiling of Paris' iconic Grand Palais museum, thankfully.

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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