Karl Lagerfeld has taken a risk in bringing together Paris and Bombay for the new Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 collection, but it pays off marvelously. Classic Chanel silhouettes meet Indian styling, Parisian fabrics meet intricate Indian detailing, trademark Chanel black and white softens into ebony and ivory. Even the mock dinner table evokes the right mood, with French candelabras alongside bowls of fruit and florals from an Indian palatial feast. That India is most often associated with Britain makes the collection suprising and more modern than ever. It’s hard to believe that Lagerfeld has never been to India.
We’ve also picked up on the Indian influence with new colors for our coated denim, Goa, Tea Leaf, and Taj Mahal, which will be available in January.