By and and  on December 6, 2011

PARIS — Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday laid out a sumptuous, Indian-flavored fashion spectacle so transporting that one could well imagine being in the faded palace of a maharaja rather than some forgotten wing of the Grand Palais.

Guests sat facing each other at long tables set for high tea, while a central buffet groaned under the weight of candelabras, tiered fruit platters, jars of sweets and jasmine spilling out of silver vases. On its periphery, a small silver steam train — adorned with double-C logos — circled with its freight of liquor in crystal decanters.

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