Monday, 19 December 2011

Chanel Paris-Bombay Metier d'Arts Show

At the beginning of December at the Grand Palais Chanel showed Paris-Bombay - 
part of the Metiers d'Arts which showcases ateliers such as
Embroidery by Lesage and Featherwork by Lemarie which Chanel now owns.

As the Guardian said Karl Lagerfeld had created something of a 
Mad hatters tea party - 'Lewis Carroll would approve'.
Under huge glittering chandeliers there were 
long tables set for high tea with a train carrying decanters 
of honey coloured liqueur round the outside.
There were bowls of golden dusted fruit
and decorations of hundreds beautifully scented roses, garlands of 
jasmine and lotus flowers.
Sequins, sand and rose petals were strewn on the floor.

you can see the show here through the silver train
on the table
'the paris-bombay express'

Lagerfeld is 'against reality'.  'Fantasy is often better than reality' he says.  
Thank goodness - he is in the best place to create us a major wonderland!!

And he did with the models walking between the long tables in 
shalwar qameez (pants & tunics), nehru collared jackets, lace dresses,
embroidered fabrics in the most fabulous colours -
oranges, fuschias, golds, creams, silvers, charcoals, mint, lavender & peacock blue

One of Karl Lagerfeld's references for this show was a palace 
designed by the German architect Eckart Muthesius in the 1930s 
for the maharaja of Indore, 
which combined modernist furniture by Corbusier and 
Eileen Gray with traditional Indian pieces.

(click on the link to buy the book!)

The bags tied up in Chanel chains as we saw at SS12 were amazing too.
The girls had Heavily kohled eyes thanks to Peter Philips make up
and rasta dreadlocks worn up a stroke of Sam McKnight Genius

Freida Pinto & Karl Lagerfeld

Freida Pinto was the guest of honour (above) standing by one of 
the garlanded tables in a peacock chiffon 
ruffled dress

take a look at some of the pieces 
 Stella Tennant, Yasmin and Amber Le Bon, Edie Campbell
and 40 other models were in the show. 

 Peter Philips  the Creative Director of Chanel Make up used a 
new shade of Illusion d'Ombre called Nirvana & 
Le Crayon Khôl in Black for the eyes and 
Mascara Inimitable Intense in Black on the lashes. 
For the skin he used Perfection Lumière 
and for the cheeks  Joues Contraste in Brume d'Or. 
 Rouge Coco Shine in Empreinte on the lips.

 The golden highlights on the cheeks and the eyes are 'Route des Indes de Chanel', 
a limited edition pallet specially created for this show.
 The nails were a new light golden shade called Le Vernis – 
Diwali, as homage to the famous "Festival of lights" that takes place in India to be launched by Chanel next Summer.

Sam McKnight & Yasmin LeBon

The hair at the show was by the mighty Sam McKnight and was inspired by Sadhu holy men and Rajasthani princesses. It involved dreadlocked extensions which were jewelled and put into loose chignons and gave the whole look a rock edge.

check this link for a backstage film

Stella Tennant & Karl Lagerfeld

The day after the Metiers D'Art Show Karl Lagerfeld had a very interesting piece of news, announcing to the Le Web conference in Paris that he was going
 "make history in fashion and technology". 
Next month, just one day after the Chanel haute couture fashion show,
he will launch a new eponymous lower-priced line.

 'Karl' will be the first online-only launch of a major fashion brand, 
debuting exclusively at before going on sale on 

An online dress may cost £350, and a haute couture £60,000 but the
similarity between online fashion & haute couture is that designers
can cut out the middlemen of buyers and journalists
and sell direct to the customer.

Karl Lagerfeld has always been a modern man -
besides his famous library which amounts to around 300,000 books, 
he apparently owns many iPhones, iPads & iPods

In short - a Genius! Xx

We are loving Chanel-Bombay! Xx

Until next time J Xx

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