The Chanel Métiers D’Art collections are all about featuring the fine workmanship of the artisanal houses that Chanel has purchased as part of Paraffection. In the video below you’ll get an inside look at Maison Lesage & Maison Desrues creating pieces for the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay collection. Maison Lesage focuses on embroidery while Maison Desrues creates jewelery and accessories. When you see the amount of work that goes into each piece you understand the hefty price tag of the pieces! It’s quite mesmerizing to watch…
December 8, 2011
Check out what some celebrity VIPs who had the chance to experience the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay show first hand had to say. Interviews by features Sonam Kapoor, Astrid Berges Frisbey, Ayo and Freida Pinto…
“In the late Fifties, early Sixties, she designed several Indian-inspired outfits — and that was enough.”
-Karl Lagerfeld, WWD
Karl Lagerfeld’s creativity knows no bounds, but what I love about him as the designer for Chanel is that he utterly respects the foundations that Gabrielle Chanel laid. With each Chanel Métiers D’Art collection he takes us on a trip around the globe to view a visual fusion of Paris and some glamorous destination. But these destinations are not pulled out of his magician’s hat (or fingerless gloves), rather, they are based on clues that Gabrielle Chanel left us long ago.
Having access to the Chanel archives, Karl Lagerfeld knew that Chanel herself was inspired by South Asia and designed clothing and jewelry in the sixties that were Indian-inspired. Reviewing some of my Chanel books, I was able to cull some examples for you to see. It’s interesting to see how glitzy previous examples are and how subdued the current Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay collection is. It’s also interesting to note that this is not the first time that Karl Lagerfeld has referenced this South Asian inspiration. The bottom two photos show images of Karl Lagerfeld designs for Chanel from previous collections .
December 7, 2011
There’s nothing like hearing Karl Lagerfeld explain his collections – listen for yourself – it’s one Karlism after another.
“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
The full show! No post can do the show justice the way watching the video can. You see all of the elements together – the decor, the apparel, the accessories and the makeup – along with the sound track. My favorite part of the show is always the final walk with Uncle Karl. I’m working on getting a track list so I’ll keep you posted.
While I’m waiting on getting the images of the collection laid out I thought I’d share some photos Chanel sent me of the decor of the Chanel Métiers aD’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay show. The Grand Palais was transformed into a Maharaja’s palace complete with long tables set for high tea. Tables brimmed with fruit, floral arrangements and crystal candelabras. The scene would not be complete without a silver toy train emblazoned with the signature double-C’s. Let the beautiful setting sink in and I’ll post pics of the collection soon! Oh, what I would have done to be seated at one of those tables… or even be a fly on a piece of fruit!
December 6, 2011
A few days ago I posted a preview to the invitation – today I found the full invitation online. Full review of the collection coming soon!
Chanel: Couture and Industry is one of the many new recent books that have come out about our favorite couturière, Coco Chanel. Unlike some of the more scandalous biographies, Chanel: Couture and Industry is a breath of fresh air because it focuses on Chanel in the context of fashion history.
Coco Chanel is synonymous with elegance, fashion innovation and modernity and in Chanel: Couture and Industry, Amy de la Haye examines the creative output of the House of Chanel from its infancy in the 1920s, to the present day under the tutelage of Karl Lagerfeld. Using the renowned collections of the V&A as her sources, fashion historian Amy de la Haye shows how Coco Chanel changed the way modern women dress.
Chanel: Couture and Industry includes beautiful images of original Chanel pieces – many of which can only be seen in museums – and many of which I have never seen before in any other Chanel publication. Chanel is the third book in the V&A Fashion Series covering key innovators in the world of fashion. If you are looking for a book that focuses more on Chanel in the context of fashion history then this is the book for you – or a great gift for any Chanelphile. Chanel: Couture and Industry is available online on Amazon.com.
December 5, 2011
Chanel, The Vocabulary of Style is one of the most beautiful collections of Chanel photography that I have ever seen. Compiled by fashion historian and journalist Jérôme Gautier, Coco Chanel’s story of iconic style is told through archival photos paired with recent images. Photographs by leading photographers from Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst and Edward Steichen to Nick Knight, Annie Leibowitz and Mario Testino are shown side-by-side, just to name a few.
The Vocabulary of Style is divided into eleven chapters that identify key elements in Chanel’s lexicon: The Body Liberated, Little Black Dresses, Black into Night, Baroque Inspirations, 31, Rue Cambon, Youth and Evolution, Simple Chic, Androgyne, From Tweed to Tweeds, The Total Look and Rebel. In each chapter the viewer sees the progression from the seeds that Coco Chanel herself sowed to the flowers that bloomed under Karl Lagerfeld’s delicate hand.
Chanel, The Vocabulary of Style is a gorgeous collection of Chanel photographs and is a must-have for any Chanelphile. If you especially like vintage Chanel from the 80s and 90s – this book features more photos from this time period than any other Chanel book I have seen. If you are making a holiday wish list, or are looking for a gift for a fashion lover then I would highly recommend Chanel, The Vocabulary of Style – the edition comes in a slipcover and is as beautiful as the photographs within it. You can purchase Chanel, The Vocabulary of Style online on Amazon.com.