Karl Lagerfeld Looks to India for Chanel Métiers d’Art Collection

karl lagerfeld looking to india for collection inspiration
Photo: Patrick McMullan
Karl Lagefeld and Blake Lively, wearing India-inspired Chanel Couture, at the Met Gala.

While most designers use resort and pre-fall collections to offer something a little more commercial than their average runway fare, Karl Lagerfeld is not most designers.

The prolific Lagerfeld prefers to call Chanel's Pre-Fall collection Métiers d’Art, and has created the tradition of picking an exotic location to inspire his looks (although they’re always anchored by his home base of Paris); in the past his collections have been dubbed Paris-Byzance (2011), Paris-Shanghai (2010), and Paris-Moscou (2009).

To be shown at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 6, the 2012 collection will be called Paris-Bombay, Women’s Wear Daily reports.

We’ll have to wait until next month to see the India-inspired fruits of his labor—you can get an idea from the Chanel Couture gown Blake Lively wore to the 2011 Costume Institute Gala—but expect gorgeous draping, intricate embellishments, and a set that's just as elaborate as the clothing itself.

So, where to next, Karl?

In related news, Hermès recently launched a line of saris.