Sunday, 21 April 2013


There are few fashion houses that can make its own rules, yet every year the iconic Karl Lagerfeld stages his Métiers d'Arts collection, a spectacular display of both exquisite craftsmanship and cultural discovery. Although the shows are always incredible (this year's collection, based on Scotland is also worth a look), without doubt my favourite is the 'Paris/Bombay' collection from 2011, an Indian-inspired extravaganza staged at the Grand Palais.

The purpose of the annual display is to highlight the talent of the many artisans that work in houses owned by Chanel - from embroidery to embellishment, every detail is hand-sewn, meaning that the collection is the true embodiment of couture's splendour. Although the clothes themselves were exquisite - think flowing fuchsia saris and metallic gold tweed, it was the accessories that really completed the look. From jewelled nose rings, ruby bindis and intricate hand chains, the level of decadence was extraordinary as models walked the runway literally dripping in gold. As always, Lagerfeld provided ridiculous extravagance that can only be achieved in the world of couture.

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