Last Updated on 8th December 2011

Pre-fall collections admittedly aren’t always met with the same hype and attention as the new season collections are. However this couldn’t be further from the truth over at Chanel, thanks to a lavish catwalk show that was staged to showcase the pre-fall Paris-meets-Bombay themed ready-to-wear collection. 

VIP guests turned up to the Grand Palais in Paris and gathered around a circular runway, on larger than life banqueting tables adorned with luxury flowers, fruits and even a toy train carrying liquor… since when have you known Chanel to do things by halves, eh?

As far as the outfits themselves were concerned, the Bombay meets Paris theme couldn’t have been more apparent – there was the perfect blend of both cities and their respective cultures infused into the designs that were paraded around the circular catwalk by some of the most highly regarded models in the fashion industry today, including Anja Rubik, Crystal Renn and Daphne Groeneveld to name just a few.

We were presented with everything from modern takes on the classic tweed boucle jacket to dresses that contained both Parisian silhouettes and elements of the sari all in one. There were endless sparkles and layers of the finest, godliest jewellery seemingly fit for a king, or even sultan. The colour palette was extensive to say the least, which stayed true to the Indian part of the theme, with Karl Lagerfeld using everything from bright, neon shades of pink, to his much-loved monochrome – and lots of metallics to boot.

We’ll now let the pictures speak for themselves…

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