FLIGHTS OF FANCY
Air travel becomes a fashionable affair.
It was Posh Spice who made the airport the new red carpet, giving the waiting paparazzi something to photograph by way of towering heels, show-stopping trench coats and an endless array of sin-obscuring sunglasses. Now, it’s standard fare for famous folk to arrive looking like they’ve fallen out onto a catwalk – from your Bosworths to your Krugers, everyone looks disconcertingly hot when they step off the airplane.
Even for the non-famous, tipping off a plane after a long-haul flight looking as rough as a pair of old boots is no longer socially acceptable. After all, what will your taxi driver think when he is expecting a sleek, chic jetsetter but is instead greeted by a madlooking banshee?
But while La Beckham has never been one to opt for comfort over style – remember those thigh-high PVC boots with no heels? Hell, she probably gave birth in stilettos – that doesn’t mean you have to. In fact, you can do both.
Luckily, pre-fall and fall/winter 15-16 have served up a roster of items that are going to help you along in your new mile-high look. Fendi, never afraid to play God in the shoe laboratory, has created a winning shoe hybrid in the fur bootie – think slippers with heels. If even that sounds too high maintenance for the likes of a layover, then you’ll be glad to hear that Gucci is doing them to, but in flats. Think slippers, like slippers. Michael Kors also pitched in on the animal pelts with what the media dubbed a “power fur” – a cascade of coziness that could double up as the cushiest of pillows to nap into in lieu of a gruesome airline pillow – as has Dries Van Noten with a range of snug-as-can-be fur stoles. Stella McCartney, who uses sustainable practices where possible, offered up a faux-alternative, with a range of ludicrously cuddly wraparound coats.
Our far-sighted readers will also understand the bugbear of contact lenses at a high altitude, because nobody wants to arrive at their glamorous destination looking like a strung-out vampire from Twilight with sockets full of sore, red eyes. Invest in a sexy pair of specs – allow us to recommend Paul & Joe, Gucci, Prada and Miu Miu, all of whom are changing the game for frame-wearers, oft with large frames in a nod to the geek chic trend that refuses to die. Got 20/20 vision? Then you’ll have the privilege – nay, the right and responsibility – to style out a pair of shades. With cat-eye lenses at Fendi and Armani, chunky colorful frames at Versace and oversized numbers at miu miu, you have plenty of choice when it comes to pulling off a touchdown with celebrity finesse.
One more thing: while it’s understandable to wish to spend your flight living it up on free drinks – after all, they come in such convenient little bottles – it is now universally understood that we should be arriving at the arrivals gate looking as picture perfect as the celebs who set this trend. So first things first: lay off the booze, drink lots of water and whatever you do, never forget to moisturize. Now, go forth and holiday.