Wednesday, December 14, 2011
THE SPLENDOUR OF AN INDIAN PALACE
BY OLIVIA DA COSTA
Amidst a fabulous banquet dripping with all the splendor of a Maharaja’s palace, the Paris-Bombay collection whisked us away to an exquisite India of glittering charms. Stepping into a dream-like fantasy far removed from the fall drizzle of Paris outside, guests were seated by sharply styled butlers at twin banquet tables laden with silverware, crystal, gold-leaf gilded fruit, and desserts piled high. A metal toy train paraded the Chanel logo as it wove its way through rose petals and garlands of jasmine.
Models sashayed forth in pearl-beaded tweed, silk tunics, brocade, saris and wraps, their foreheads, hands, hair and shoulders strewn with jewels. These Amazons of the East embody the utter refinement of the Métiers d’Art collection, a tribute to the master craftsmanship of artisans.
Photos © Olivia da Costa