December 7th, 2011
Fashion Show, Show Review
Show Review: Chanel Pre-Fall 2012
By Faith

Chanel is a brand coveted and loved globally, thus Karl Lagerfeld takes inspiration from the legions of fashion-minded women and men who wear his designs all around the world. For the Pre-Fall 2012 Métiers d’Arts show, he takes the famed French fashion house to Bombay, for a collection that gives a Parisian spin on traditional Indian garb. Metiers d’Arts was launched in 2003 and is an ode to the brand’s workshop, where artisans work tirelessly on the most fabulous couture-inspired pieces.

Draping and intricate beading are two cornerstones of traditional Indian fashions and Monsieur Lagerfeld holds nothing back when it comes to design. From harem pants to jeweled headpieces, the craftsmanship that the brand is known for is on display. There aren’t any barely-there hemlines or an excessive show of skin: this season the Chanel woman knows that covering up can also be sensual, especially when coupled with confidence.

Chanel is one of the go-to brands for “ladies who lunch”, but has become a favorite of the young fashionable set who have learned to mix the looks with edgy accessories. This collection definitely has pieces that can be worn by women no matter what their ages: gold skinny pants, flat sandals that are beaded to perfection, new spins on the classic tweed jacket, fingerless gloves and so much more. The color palette is also great for transition from late summer to the cool days of autumn in neutral shades of ivory, black and grey, with pops of color in metallics, burgundy and jewel tones.

The separates are my favorites in the collection and with a little altering, these looks are definitely wearable both in real time and on the red carpet. What do you think of the collection?


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12 Responses to “Show Review: Chanel Pre-Fall 2012”

  1. Caribbelle says:

    Le gasp… this is divine. As shady as Karl is, the man can put his foot into a collection. Yes I said foot.

    I can’t afford Chanel, doubt I will anytime in the foreseeable future. However, my little sewing machine can make a mean inspired garment; in particular that draped skirt. With beading and embellishment I’ll do my best lol.

  2. Ro says:

    I see it’s India’s time to shine!

  3. DCA says:

    seems a bit too ornamental for chanel. also for many of the pieces i can’t quite see the vision. i’ve seen prettier saris in the real world.

    The first and second ones are bomb though!

    Anyone else feel like Lagerfeld’s inserting is personal style into the collection, even making a nod, with the button-ups, tie, and gloves?

  4. Savage says:

    Karl sure does love the black woman lol. But DCA you hit the nail on the head. Wasn’t the house of Chanel based on elegance and simplicity? It does come off a tad junky.

  5. jasmine says:

    i like

  6. lola says:

    ugh! cultural appropriation. I am so sick of white people doing this crap. You want to get a real Indian garb? why don’t you hit up A NATIVE INDIAN DESIGNER???? Once again, white people steal a culture and make money off of it while Indian designers are surviving on pennies. Side-eyeing all the black people who are supporting this ish. After what you and your ancestors have been through, you should know better. SMH!!!! I JUST FUCKING CAN’T. I CANNOT!!!!

  7. sirita says:

    Its a beautiful collection. I love the color palette and edge of the designs. The layered looks are really sumptuous.

  8. katie says:

    I agree with @lola. I almost forgot this was appropriation, thank you for reminding me.

  9. jennybunny says:

    Lola, you pointed out something thats very important ! thanks

  10. ha ha says:

    FYI——wealthy indians want to be white…….thats why they dont buy from other indians,lol

    i hope it is just a phase because the clothes look like shit anyways and nobody would really want to look like that all year round

    oh and way to icnclude black in there lola….i see your people helping them out, loser

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