WE ARE STARING: Bombay Mix at Chanel pre-fall:
“It’s much more inspiring not to go to places, than to go” said Karl Lagerfeld after presenting his vision for Chanel for pre-fall 2012 yesterday afternoon, referring to a major influence in the collection – India. Lagerfeld paid tribute to a country that has, with its crafting and fabric manufacturing traditions strongly shaped the image of fashion.
Karl Lagerfeld took Chanel on a romantic journey through the Golden Age of Bombay and the last days of the Raj – think metallics, kaftans, turbans, embellishments, tunics, lace and piles and piles of rich jewellery. The overall feel of the collection, tellingly named Métiers d’Art, was romantic, yet modern; traditional and exotic, but definitely Western. The guests were sat down to a long table surrounding the catwalk space and offered rich exotic fruits, sweets and drinks – it may have been borderline cliche, but if anyone can pull it off, its Karl.