The annual Chanel Metier D’Arts premiere took place in the Galerie Courbe at Paris’s Grand Palais Tuesday December 6 with an India-themed luxury show.
Models, adorned with accessories including head-jewellery and turbans – also for men – walked the epic runway sporting the 2012 pre-fall collection.
Guests sat at banquet tables, which doubled as a runway, complete with chandeliers, opulent candlesticks – and a feast fit for a Maharaja.
They dined using gold-plated cutlery and were served by waiters throughout the show – a far cry from the champagne and canapes usually served.
The Metiers d’Art show was launched in 2003 as a homage to the French label’s workshop, with high-end couture collections.
Previous shows have been named Paris-Byzance, Paris-Shanghai and Paris-Moscow. The Paris-Bombay collection will hit Chanel boutiques starting May 2012.
The influence of Indian jewels could be seen in Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Metiers d’Art show.
A model showcases traditional Indian head gear during the Chanel Metiers d’Art show.
Black and gold
Indian-style sandals complemented more traditionally European attire at the Chanel Metiers d’Art show.
Traditional Indian jewels adorn the collar of a classic Chanel box jacket during the Chanel Metiers d’Art show.
Elaborate printed pajamas were teamed with ornate Indian slippers at the Chanel Metiers d’Art show.
Monochrome brogues added the Parisian element to a traditional Indian gown at the Chanel Metiers d’Art Paris-Bombay show.
Precious fabrics adorned models at the Chanel Metiers Indian-themed show.
A model sports a traditional Indian-style nose piercing at the Chanel Metiers d’Art collection show.
Leggings were adorned with traditional bejeweled Indian anklets at the Chanel Metiers d’Art collection show.
Pearls provided a Parisian influence at the Chanel Metiers collection show, entitled Paris-Bombay.
European and Indian motifs were combined at the Chanel Metiers d’Art collection show.
Beads and jewels adorned ornate garments at the Chanel Metiers d’Art collection show.