Chanel Pre-Fall 2012: Paris-Bombay

7 Dec

Chanel Pre-Fall 2012

 

Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to infuse all the decadence, luxury and over-the-top theatrics of the regular show season into the smaller, less-glitzy (until now) Pre-Fall season for  Chanel.

Set in the Grand Palais in Paris, models walked a circular runway bordered by two lavishly set long banquets piled high with fruits, flowers, candelabras and there was even a silver toy train that delivered decanters of liquor to guests (according to Style.com). In other words, it was fit for a king–or, in this case, a Raj.

The theme of the show was Bombay-meets-Paris and the clothing was a perfect blend of the two cities–think classic Chanel tweed jackets with Nehru collars and done up in neon pink; metallic evening gowns cut to look like saris; and classic French silhouettes pared with elaborate traditional Indian jewelry.

The exquisite collection is quite a feat considering Lagerfeld has never actually been to India. “It’s much more inspiring not to go to places than to go,” the designer told the audience after the show, according to Style.com.
Photos: Courtesy of Chanel

 

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