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December 8, 2011

The Original Chanel Paris-Bombay: Vintage Chanel Bombay-Inspired Designs

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Silk Lamé tunic and trouser ensemble; Bib Necklace, Gabrielle Chanel, Spring/Summer 1969. Image from Chanel: Couture and Industry by Amy de la Haye

“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 .

vintage coco chanel designs paris bombay

Evening Suit, Mughal patterned gold lamé and silk brocade, Gabrielle Chanel, 1960. Image from Chanel: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition Catalog

vintage chanel designs paris bombay

Evening Ensemble, Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 1989-90. Image from Chanel: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition Catalog

vintage chanel designs paris bombay

Evening Suit, Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld, Prêt-à-porter, Autumn/Winter 1996-97. Image from Chanel: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition Catalog

 

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December 7, 2011

Karlisms: Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay Karl Lagerfeld Interview

There’s nothing like hearing Karl Lagerfeld explain his collections – listen for yourself – it’s one Karlism after another.

Video: Chanel

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Chanel Métiers d’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay Show – Apparel

Chanel Metiers dArt Paris Bombay 2012

“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.

Chanel Metiers dArt Paris Bombay 2012

Chanel Metiers dArt Paris Bombay 2012 Final Walk. Image by Chanel


All Images except final walk: Style.com
Final Walk Image: Chanel

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Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay Full Show Video

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.
Video: Chanel

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Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay Decor

Chanel Metiers dArt Paris Bombay Grand Palais decor

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!

Chanel Metiers dArt Paris Bombay Grand Palais decor

Chanel Metiers dArt Paris Bombay Grand Palais decor

Chanel Metiers dArt Paris Bombay Grand Palais decor

Images: Chanel

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December 6, 2011

Chanel Métiers d’Art Pre-Fall 2012 Paris-Bombay Show Full Invitation

chanel paris bombay invitation save the date

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!

 

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