Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bombay Meets Paris

The Chanel pre-Fall 2012 show was by far one of my favorites. I loved the way the Indian theme was extravagantly portrayed with the set up of the runway and of course, the clothes. The long, winding runway of white banquets together with the clothes that payed homage to such a rich culture was stunning. Here are some of my favorites.

 I really liked that the color palette and style stayed true to the traditional inspiration but also mixed with classic French touches to create a luxurious collection. What's even more exquisite is that Karl Lagerfeld was able to put this collection together without having ever gone to India. “It’s much more inspiring not to go to places than to go," he says. 


After reading a short description about this line and seeing a few pictures, I immediately thought of a quote from the late Alexander McQueen- "Fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothing of other cultures as costumes... That's mundane and it's old hat. Let's break down some barriers".
I believe that Karl Lagerfeld definitely paid respect to Indian dress here. He beautifully fused the Indian tradition of dressing with the timeless Chanel style to create garments that harmoniously represent the two.


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