Pre-Fall 2012: CHANEL Presents “Paris-Bombay” [VIDEO + PICTURES]

Easily one of the largest pre-Fall 2012 collections, boasting over 70+ pieces, French Fashion House Chanel left nothing to be desired in their ode to Eastern sensuality interlaced with Western couture.

Karl Lagerfeld has never been to India and said, “It’s much more inspiring not to go to places than to go,” after his collection debuted in Paris.

The theme of the show, “Paris-Bombay” was to remind fans and the fashion industry alike that Europeans have been increasingly turning to the emerging market (India, that is) to produce extravagantly handmade pieces that have become too expensive to make locally.

The interesting thing about the concept (and Lagerfeld’s plan), was that he turned the tables on the industry with the collection because while it looked inherently Indian, everything was actually made by Chanel’s ateliers in Paris.

Smart, slick and very Uncle Karl.

Regardless, Paris-Bombay is a beautiful, intricate pearl-infested ménage à trois of raw silks, tweeds and sheer paisleys.

Leave it to Lagerfeld to make Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show an infusion of decadence and theatrics that only the Grand Palais in Paris could entertain.

A few of our favourites and more detailed shots of the collection below:-

Simply French chic.

  • Chanel Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Art show
  • Embroideries by Lesage for Chanel
  • Head pieces by Maison Michel for Chanel
  • Shoes by Massaro for Chanel
  • Jewelry by Desrues for Chanel
  • Makeup by Peter Philips
  • Hair by Sam McKnight


Stella Tennant, Kasia Struss, Arizona Muse, Saskia de Brauw, Kinga Rajzak, Aymeline Valade, Baptiste Giabiconi, Sara Blomqvist, Sigrid Agren, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Diana Dondoe, Crystal Renn, Caroline de Maigret, Amanda Sanchez, Jasmine Tookes, Melissa Tammerijn, Othilia Simon, Julia Nobis, Anja Rubik, Edie Campbell, Julia Johansen, Mirte Maas, Antonia Wesseloh, Margaret Kualley, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Rose Smith, Denisa Dvorakova, Kelly Gale, Jyothsna Chakravarthy, Audrey Marnay, Saskia de Brauw, Daphne Groeneveld, Alina Kozelkova, Lindsey Wixson, Sophie Srej, Yasmin Lebon, Malthe Madsen, Kinga Rajzak, Melissa Stasiuk, Amber Lebon, Sasha, Lakhsmi Menon, Alissah Ali, Baptiste Giabiconi, Benjamin Eidem, Shanina Shaik, Daphne Groeneveld

*Images from Chanel and*


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