Chanel ‘Paris – Bombay’ Pre-Fall Extravaganza
Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2012 Métiers d’Art show titled ‘Paris-Bombay’ set the standard for opulence. Held in the Grand Palais in Paris, in the Galerie Courbe the space had been transformed into a luxurious Maharaja’s palace. Guests were seated at an almost surreal banquet, transported by gentle jasmine aromas as they feasted their eyes on the Paris-Bombay collection.
Every year since 2002, Chanel has taken the Métiers d’Art show as an opportunity to showcase master craftsmanship. The artisanal crafts of embroidery, leather work, featherwork, boot-making, millinery, and gold and silversmithery are represented by Lesage, Montex, Desrues, Lemarié, Massaro, Michel and Goossens, each striving to honour its unique heritage.
On the new collection Karl Lagerfeld describes; “It’s a concept of India. More Chanel than India. The Parisian version of an India that doesn’t exist.” The charm of India, the pomp and splendour of fabrics and the magic of gemstones intermingled with the Chanel aesthetic of cascading pearls, contrasting black and white, and braided tweed jackets. A truly splendid collection, feast your eyes.