Chanel boldly went where no other has gone before / Getty Images

It was one hug leap for fashion-kind

When it comes to out-of-this-world runway sets you can always count on Karl Lagerfeld to deliver; remember his Parisian brasserie, supermarket and feisty feminist riot?

But for Chanel’s autumn/winter 2017 show today, the designer boldly went where no other has gone before.

The spectacle, which took place within the ‘Centre de Lancement No 5’ – a makeshift space station positioned inside Paris’ iconic Grand Palais – heralded a galactic inspired set; life-size rocket and all. 

The unassuming audience believed this was all for effect of course, but as the cast of space-age supermodels which included the likes of Bella, Gigi and Kendall, ignited the finale, the rocket actually blasted off.

Following a dramatic 10-second countdown, models sporting space-inspired garb lined up in a plume of smoke as Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ played and the rocket lifted 10-metres into the air.

The rocket launched as Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ played (Getty Images)

Together with a collection boasting silver stardust boots, swirling astronaut logos and glistening galaxy motifs, this was a spectacular show that promises to go down as one of Chanel’s most memorable catwalk moments.