Front Row at Chanel Pre-Fall 2012

Sonam Kapoor, Cat Power, Freida Pinto and Astrid Berges-Frisbey were a few of the revelers at the Paris show.

Chanel Pre-Fall 2012 Freida Pinto Karl Lagerfeld

Freida Pinto and Karl Lagerfeld

Photo By Stephane Feugere

“Oh, it’s liked the curved doorways of the Taj Mahal,” cooed Sonam Kapoor, one of the VIPs who stepped through a faux stone doorway into the resplendent set. The actress is currently filming “Players,” a remake of “The Italian Job,” with Indian movie star Abhishek Bachchan. “He’s a real hunk. It was so funny, when Tom Cruise went to Bombay for the premiere of ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,’ everyone was shouting, ‘Tom, Tom.’ Then Abhishek turned up and suddenly everyone was shouting, ‘Abhishek, Abhishek,’” laughed the actress, who was accompanied by her sister, Rhea, with whom she is designing a fashion line that will be distributed in India and the Middle East. “It’s more of a high street line,” she said.


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Cat Power, who said she was in Paris to mix her latest record, had one word for the set: “Magic.”

Meanwhile, Freida Pinto marveled, “Oh gosh, did you just see the little train go by? My first impression was, Oh, I’m in a fairytale world. It’s really like you want to be lost for as long as possible in this world, but you know it’s going to be gone in minutes.”