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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