A rocket. A symbol of reaching for the stars and mass destruction. Armed and dangerous or innocently scientific. Centre de Lancement No.5 was the launch pad for the Chanel Ground Control collection but it was all about the new Gabrielle bag too. The next chapter. In August a perfume will follow. We have to start at the end of the show though with the countdown 10, 9, 8 etc etc and then the actual rocket “launch”. Honestly quite amazing sparks, fire and smoke and a virtual lift off. To heaven naturally as this is Chanel. Mais oui, we do love some super slick Chanel theatre. And so to the collection a galaxy of moon dust, spheres, silvery grey matter and stars (well not really stars) more like diamanté on boots and sprinkled twinkling on the edge of tweed jackets. Major Alice bands. Major hair. Electric purple. Tweed trouser suits. Mini metallic space blankets. Boys carrying the new bag too for we are gender neutral. Stratosphere cream. Lots of frosted tweeds. Interstellar spaceman prints. And then the evening gowns, glittering and crunchy, glunchy with paillettes, which said ‘Take me to the moon why don’t you …’ Oh, okay, we will go.