“India for me is an idea, I know nothing of reality,” Karl Lagerfeld says of his Chanel Pre Fall collection. His attention to detail was breathtaking, beautifully opulent and elegant in a Paris to Bombay story. Lagerfeld had Lady Curzon of India in mind as he designed each piece, the mix of an elegant English woman with Indian influence. He also had the poetic vision of an Indian woman who can buy Chanel, and wear it mixed with her own things, never renouncing her own personal style- only enhancing it.
Beautifully handcrafted hair jewels of every shape and size adorned each forehead, peeking out of dreaded-ed updos in white gold or platinum, pale and non-aggressive metals. Chanel creative director of makeup Peter Phillips dedicated his attention to the eyes, using a deep onyx cream eye shadow that he blended beneath the lower lash line and through the crease into a slight upward wing toward the temples. Chanel’s Le Crayon Kohl Eyeliner in Noir was drawn along the water line and its Inimitable Intense mascara in Noir achieved what Philips called a “pitch black” finish. Golden highlights were added to bring out the metallic embroidery and lace in the clothing, meticulously detailed with every hand stitched pearl and jewel.