The Chanel pre-fall collection is capable enough to steal the march over all the reputed fashion shows. It has in its entire oeuvre, the sparkling beautiful tweeds, decorated with stones and jewelry, artificial deadlocks and flats.The collection is the reminiscent of the days of British Raj in India. Particularly, the designs of bindi jewelry covering the sixth chakra, ajna are enough to make you feel nostalgic about the charm of those days. In Paris, where the show was staged, the onlookers dining at the crystal decorated tables were swept off their feet when they saw the designs at the Grand Palais hotel in Paris. In fact, Karl Lagerfeld, the designer of the entire collection has never been to India. He held his observation about the place by watching the things evocative of the last days of Britishers in India.
Chanel Pre Fall 2012 highlights
The show showcased India's story through the revolutionized clothes. It took the fashion onlookers, from the days of the British Raj to the modern urbanity of Mumbaikars. Gorgeous stars like Freida Pinto and business mogul Megha Mittal dazzled the show with their presence.
The Collection was highlighted by the embroidered and jeweled clothes inspired by the royal attire in India. The collection had an expensive Nehru coat or pointed hem dress. The style was polished with a modern touch by clubbing the hem dress with a legging and thigh high boots.
The fabric choice varied across silks, fine crepe wool and the softest looking Mohair sweater. While most were embroidered and beaded as usual, a few pretty pieces had jewelry detailing done on it. The luxury collection had a perfect feminine feel to it with the choice of peppy colors like pink, vivid tangerine and brushed white gold.
What clicks for the collection?
In the chanel’s pre-fall collection 2012 collection, designer Karl Lagerfeld made a remarkable fusion of Indian and European fashion and impressed the audience to a great extent with this collection of draping silhouettes and lush silk materials. It spread an opulence of richness in the presence of crystal embroidery, lustrous fabrics. Moreover the shining metallic colors of ivory, black and spots of powdery pink added substance to the grace of the show. Other accessories like sparkling jewelry used as the hair ornaments, sandals and satchel bags made this a favorite hunt of the fashion lovers in Paris.
Moreover, with the luxurious fabrics, metallic saris, jeweled head pieces and Chanel’s signature tweed, Karl Lagerfeld literally transported every one’s to colonial India. Surely the pre-fall collection 2012 did not repeat anything from the Bollywood clichés and rather retained its originality by offering imperial references as homage to Bombay. The main highlights with Chanel’s expertise remained Karl Lagerfeld’s collection of suiting, ladylike dressing, rich texture and layers of pretty jewels. It revealed to the gathering that most of the most of the inspiration came from Indian males’ dresses rather than women’s clothes.
In terms of color, Chanel was replete with usual creams, whites and blacks but the favorite color of all in the Pre-Fall was hot Pink, spectacular tangerine and brushed white gold. Red was displayed as a color of power and the Pre-Fall collection was actually inspired by the Holiday season.
The StyleGuru verdict
At length, it is really heartening to see Karl expanding the men’s collection by including a few more looks but now it stands certain that Chanel should create a cent-percent men’s wear line in stead of its present 5% men and 95% women’s ratio. It is also being said that in case the economy downturns a little, then Karl’s designs for men may lose the ‘pick-of-the-shelf and go’ appeal.