The Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay Accessories have been in stores for a minute and I’ve been meaning to post it so I apologize for the delay. The truth is though, I don’t get tired of looking at these images. So whether they’ve been out a month or a day, I can look at them over and over again. The exquisite workmanship and details are too many to ignore and each time I look a these photos I discover something new. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
July 19, 2012
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February 24, 2012
Earlier this year we saw the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay collection and we recently found some close-up images of the handbags. The detail on these bags is elaborate, elegant and truly captures the artistry of traditional Indian works. The print on the bronze clutch is reminiscent of Mehendi and the silver coin straps, floral details and silver beading recalls details of traditional Indian accessories. See the beauty below…
Source: Become Gorgeous
January 11, 2012
Chanel Paris-Bombay Inspiration: Bombay, The Maharajas Palace, Lady Curzon, Jewels and The Bombay Express
One of my favorite parts of writing this blog is researching the inspiration for each of the collections. Karl Lagerfeld is an intelligent, well-read man and together with his access to the Chanel archives, it’s guaranteed that all Chanel collections designed by him have a back story. As noted before, Karl picked up on the fact that Chanel had designed some pieces in the 60s that were inspired by India. Let’s look a little deeper at aspects of the collection – and where their inspirations lie.
Bombay v. Mumbai
Bombay was renamed in the 90s to Mumbai – as part of a wave of city re-naming that started when India gained its independence at the end of the British Imperial period. However, naming the collection Paris-Bombay rather than Paris-Mumbai was entirely intentional. Rather than conjuring up images of Bollywood, Karl Lagerfeld was using a different time period all together for his collection. A time when Maharajas ruled in opulent palaces and where a bit of British influence held sway.
The Maharajas Palace
One of Karl Lagerfeld’s references for the Chanel Paris-Bombay collection is the Manik Bagh Palace/Jewel Gardens designed by Eckart Muthesius in 1930 for the Maharaja of Indore. The palace is the epitome of two styles coming together – Muthesius’ modernist building and furniture (including pieces by Le Corbusier) mixed with traditional Indian pieces, in the tropical climate of India – a true example of East meets West. (Source)
Lady Curzon, Vice-Queen of India
Who better to inspire a Chanel collection than one of the best-dressed women of her time? Lady Curzon, wife of the Viceroy of India. Lady Curzon was said to have exquisite taste and caused a stir with her elaborate peacock-inspired gown pictured (and painted) above. She promoted the skill and craftsmanship of Indian artisans, incorporated Indian fabrics in her clothing and made their use popular in other parts of India, as well as Europe. She even assisted weavers and embroiderers in developing patterns that were better suited to current fashion styles and trends. (Source)
India’s history of jewelry making is long and rich – one of the longest dating back thousands of years. “Mughal reign was the most significant period of time in relation to jewellery. A lot of jewellery prospered from sixteenth to the nineteenth century.” Gold and silver are considered sacred metals in India culture – gold representing the warmth of the sun and silver evoking the coolness of the moon. Indian royalty including Maharajas had an important relationship to jewelry and because of their position they had much jewelry and were able to wear it in places that others were not allowed (ie, the feet). (Source)
The Chanel show paid homage to this jewelry tradition with a gorgeous collection of costume jewelry – all directly inspired by traditional Indian jewelry. The tikkas (forehead jewelry), bracelets, bib necklaces, cascading necklaces and chains connecting two items of jewelry together (ear to forehead, wrist to hand) are all emblematic of traditional Indian jewelry and Karl Lagerfeld gave these pieces a Chanel twist.
India’s Rail Lines
India’s first rail line was built in the mid-nineteenth century and since then travel by train has been a mainstay of Indian culture. India’s rail lines even inspired literature as was the case with Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. This detail of Indian history was evident by the silver train circling the main table at the Chanel Paris-Bombay show.
I’ve had this post saved in my drafts (as well as a few more Chanel Paris-Bombay posts) from well before the holidays but I never got around to posting. Here you can see some gorgeous images of the making of the Paris-Bombay press kit.
Photos © Olivier Saillant
January 3, 2012
Backstage video of the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay show from Chanel.
Music: “Seer” (Psychic Ills Remix), Moon Duo
December 9, 2011
A few days ago I mentioned that there was a silver toy train chugging away around the main table at the Chanel Métiers d’Art Paris-Bombay 2011/12 show. Today, Chanel released a video taken from the train – it gives a unique perspective of the show and it gives you the impression of riding on the train. Get ready for your ride on the Chanel Paris-Bombay express…
December 8, 2011
I’ve said it before, I’ve said it again – I’m an accessories girl. I like apparel, but I LOVE accessories. To me, apparel is just something you wear under accessories. The Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay Accessories were so intricate that they could have had a show unto themselves – oppulent would be an understatement. But for all of their embellishment, Karl Lagerfeld managed to make it look all in good taste.
All of the models wore tikka – jewelry hanging on to the forehead that you attach to your hair – the Chanel version differed on some models by the addition of many chains that hung and draped over the side of the face. Bracelets took on a life of their own with some covering the hand and some with finger attachments. Necklaces ran the gamut from chokers to full bib necklaces to running across the body, across the shoulder and even full body jewelry that looked like a mesh overlay worn over clothing. Fingerless gloves and boots have patterns on them that were reminiscent of mehendi henna patterns normally seen on the hands and feet of brides.
New iterations of the Boy bag had all or one of the following: quilting on the front flap, exotic skins, Double-C clasp, and jewel encrusted thick straps. Some bags were in exotic skins while others looked like they were made of metal, some were in metallic leather while others were heavily jewel encrusted. Chanel showed these little pyramid-esque evening purses that looked like they were made to house treasure. My favorite bag was a snake skin clutch with diamond encrusted clasp. Sandals mimicked the bracelets and looked like foot jewelry while some boots looked like they were extensions of the pants. Gold booties looked inspired by men’s footwear but were every bit feminine. I can’t wait for this collection to be in stores so I can see all of the details in person!
I know there are always questions about this so here’s the playlist of the Chanel Paris-Bombay show as seen on Chanel News…
SHOW PLAYLIST BY MICHEL GAUBERT
Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Art show
1. Bombay Talkie “Opening Title”
2. George Harrison “My Sweet Lord”
3. David Lynch “Good Day Today”
4. Moon Duo “Seer” (Psychic Ills Remix)
5. John Lennon “Instant Karma!”
Peter Philips created another gorgeous makeup collection to compliment Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Métiers D’Art Paris-Bombay 2012 presentation. The ubiquitous kohl-rimmed eyes so popular in the South East was reinterpreted for the runway and were the main focus on the face. Lips and cheeks were kept minimal and natural and all of the emphasis was on the very dark eyes.
Several limited edition products were created for the “Bombay Express” collection including POUDRE COMPACTE in Route des Indes de CHANEL, ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana, JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Brume d’Or, ROUGE COCO SHINE Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Empreinte and LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Diwali. I am most excited about Illusion d’Ombre in Nirvana and Le Vernis in Diwali. Based on the glimpses we saw on the runway, I’m guessing that Nirvana will be black – though I’m wondering how different it will be to Mirifique. Diwali or the “festival of lights” is one of the most joyous celebrations in India. Based on the runway images Le Vernis Diwali looks goldish-luminiscent and based on the name I can imagine the color was inspired by lights. The Exclusive Creation Collection Chanel ‘Bombay Express’ will be available in select Chanel makeup counters in June 2012.
Here are the details from Chanel on the products used to create the look:
Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup used the following CHANEL products to create the runway beauty looks:
Skin prepared with HYDRA BEAUTY SERUM Hydration Protection Radiance (available April 2012)
PERFECTION LUMIERE Long Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 10
ECLAT LUMIERE Highlighting Face Pen
CORRECTEUR PERFECTION Long Lasting Concealer
Exclusive Creation POUDRE COMPACTE in Route des Indes de CHANEL* (available June 2012)
Exclusive Creation ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana * (available June 2012)
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ebène
LE CRAYON KHOL Intense Eye Pencil in Black
CRAYON SOURCILS Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil
INIMITABLE WATERPROOF Mascara in Black
RECOURBE CILS DE CHANEL Precision Eyelash Curler
JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush in Brume d’Or (available June 2012)
ROUGE COCO SHINE Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Empreinte (available May 2012)
Exclusive Creation LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Diwali * (available June 2012)
All images except as noted from Chanel are from Style.