Chanel Pre-Fall Collection

Chanel‘s Pre-Fall 2012 Metiers d’Art runway show guests were seated at an elaborate banquet set up in the Grand Palais in Paris , models glided down a circular runway between two bountiful banquets set parallel on each side. Piled high on silver trays were fruits and flowers. Candelabras held flickering white candles. The theme of the fashion designer Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 fashion show was Bombay-meets-Paris and the clothing was a perfect blend of the two cities–think classic Chanel tweed jackets with Nehru collars and done up in neon pink; metallic evening gowns cut to look like saris; and classic French silhouettes pared with elaborate traditional Indian jewelry.

The Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 collection is drenched with glittering embellishment, metallics, draping and luxurious fabrics. Echoing classic Indian silhouettes, the collection is complete with modern twists on saris, churidars and kameezs. It is a stunning homage to the rich Indian culture melded with archetypical Parisian styles. A decidedly brazen move by fashion royalty.

The models wore make-up Chanel‘s by Make up artist Peter Philips, Chanel’s creative director of make-up, doused the models in metallics and smoky kohl to match the ornate clothing. The models’ eyes wore kohl-rimmed eyes that were , something between mysterious and rock ‘n’ roll. He primed faces with Perfection Lumiere foundation and dusted on a touch of Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Brume d’Or for a hint of cheek rouge. Lips were colored with Rouge Coco Shine in Empreinte, a muted pink shade. Chanel’s newest nail polish, “Diwali.” The rich, yellow gold is the perfect shade of metallic. The lacquer is in homage to the famous celebration of light’ that takes place in India, according to Philips. It will be available in summer 2012.  Chanel runway show Pre-Fall 2012 Collection pictures:

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