It is true that not everyone can go to New York Fashion Week or afford a Burberry coat and I don’t know about you but sometimes it can just be intimidating going into a very expensive boutique knowing that you are not going to buy anything… But if you love fashion as much as I do, then there is one place that you can find some iconic designs by some of the world’s most famous designers. You do not need a VIP pass and you can look to your heart’s content…You can see haute couture, both men and women’s, on your way to work, on your way to see friends and family and when you go on holiday… Yes, that’s right! Incredible fashion is available to everybody who joins the Style High Club, thanks to some of the world’s most famous airlines who have been collaborating with couture designers for generations!
I first realised this when I was travelling to Cuba for New Year’s Eve with my sister and she pointed out the incredible red coats worn by the cabin crew of Virgin Airlines which had been designed by Vivienne Westwood. What an incredible idea, I thought, after a blink interrupted my Gollum like gaze (“My Precioussss”)….To steal or not to steal that is the question… In fact, after reading an incredible post on Cheapflights, I found out that famous designers have been creating the crew’s outfits ever since the glamorous heyday of flying in the 60’s when Emilio Pucci designed Braniff designed International’s futuristic hostess uniforms and Pierre Balmain created the iconic Singapore Airlines sarong kebaya in the 1970s.
I love travelling and once I have taken my shoes off at customs and have stuffed as many things into my hand luggage bag as possible, it always feels pretty glamorous jetting off to an exotic location. For me knowing that the crew are wearing haute couture makes the trip that much more special and I love spotting the different designs and then finding out who they are by. Each airline has its own character which reflects it’s country’s culture. For example Kenya Airways’ uniform features blocks of leopard print, Emirates’ khaki outfit evokes sand while British Airways’ cabin crew neck scarves echo the Union Jack. The best thing is that it isn’t just the top airliners either, even economy carriers like Ryanair and Easyjet use designers too!
I will be sharing some more of my latest photos from London Fashion Week and I can’t wait to post some of my most recent trips on the blog, including my top tips on staying stylish when flying and my time in Madrid which has just been featured in Mess Magazine! However, in the meantime here are the the incredible graphics that inspired this post and don’t forget, next time you fly, to spot some incredible high fashion!