“It’s much more inspiring not to go to places than to go.”
–Karl Lagerfeld, Style
For the Chanel Metiers d’Art Paris-Bombay pre-fall 2012 collection, Karl Lagerfeld took us on a voyage to visit his “a fantastical idea of India.” (Wall Street Journal). If you had images of Bollywood in your mind when you heard Paris-Bombay then please put those images aside. Instead, Lagerfeld conjured up the lavishness of the period of the Maharaja and recreated a sumptuous feast in the Grand Palais in Paris. Long tables brimming with high tea service and candelabras with a small silver train with double-C’s circled the tables carrying crystal decanters filled with liquor. “It’s all about refinement,” “It’s the Paris version of the idea of India,” Lagerfeld added. “It’s not a trip for documentation. I’m against reality. My life is already a reality show.” (WWD).
Though the Chanel Metiers d’Art Paris-Bombay pre-fall 2012 collection included Chanel signatures like tweed and pearls, many of the silhouettes were based on traditional Indian dress. Flowing dresses, sweaters with shawls and skirts with pleats and folds that recalled Saris, Nehru collars topped tweed jackets and were paired with churidars (narrow pants with extra length gathered at the ankles).
Though the clothing was lovely, for me, the accessories stole the show. Elaborate tika graced the models’ foreheads, collar necklaces, dangling earrings with nose ring attachments and cuffs with ring attachments all were directly inspired by traditional Indian jewelry. Khol lined eyes, pearly-gold polish and intricately embellished bags completed the looks. I’ll be following up with a separate post with details on the accessories and beauty so stay tuned. For now, enjoy images from the runway show.
All Images except final walk: Style.com
Final Walk Image: Chanel
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