Chanel Paris-Bombay Metier d'Art 2012

Video: Chanel News ; Photos: IBTimes The atelier of embroidery Lesage and button-maker Desrues for the Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Ar...

Video: Chanel News; Photos: IBTimes


The atelier of embroidery Lesage and button-maker Desrues for the
Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Art collection


There is no place like India, where women dress up everyday in colourful saris with accessories from head to toe.
Serving as the latest inspiration for Karl Lagerfeld, the Chanel Paris-Bombay Metier d'Art 2012 collection is definitely refreshing.

The line, titled Métiers d'Art, was launched eight years ago to showcase French craftsmanship, then under threat as the number of couture houses fell. Chanel liked these artisan businesses so much it now owns seven. Despite the prices, the métier d'art line is a success.

This is a rare example of a luxury house employing French hands to emulate Indian embroidery rather than vice versa. Sensing political incorrectness, a journalist inquires why the collection referred to Bombay not Mumbai. "That's what the French call it," said Lagerfeld. "That's what we call it," added an Indian reporter. "We call it Mumbai," said the English journalist. "You also call mousseline chiffon," replied Lagerfeld. "In French, chiffon is something used to clean the toilet."

See photos of the collection after the jump, but before that, please watch the video as it shows the painstaking craftsmanship put into each piece.

The Chanel Paris-Bombay Metier d'Art collection will be available worldwide in May 2012.









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