Now Pre-Fall has become a legitimate season, Pre-Fall shows have once been small presentations or lookbooks sent in the mail and while for most fashion houses it continues to be so, Chanel has for years shown these collections with the same big celebrations as for Fall or Spring shows.
Karl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel Pre-Fall Paris-Bombay collection in Paris and it was magnificent. Lagerfeld uses the Pre-Fall collections, each one inspired by a different city, to showcase the Métiers d’Art, the small ateliers specializing in different couture techniques, such as embroidery, buttons and feathers that Chanel owns in Paris, so Chanel’s Pre-Fall collections are always especially elaborate. In these past years we have had Paris-Moscow, Paris-Shanghai and Paris-Byzance.
You need to notice that every year for the Métiers d’Art collections Chanel designs new buttons for the jackets that are sometimes passed to accessories as well. You will never see the same Chanel button twice.