Karl Lagerfeld himself said that the Lone Star State has always been close to his heart. He said in January 2013, “First of all, I love Texas. I love Texans.”
Thus, it is not surprising why he took Chanel Métiers d’Art traveling fashion show in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.
Chanel presents Métiers d’Art collections once every year (since December 2002), showcasing the craftsmanship of the fashion house’s ateliers. The fashion show, which only provides less than 1,000 tickets, is Chanel’s way of paying homage to its artists. Métiers d’Art fashion show presented the works of artisans such as a flower maker, a button maker, a milliner, a glove maker, embroiderers and a shoemaker.
In a season where designers show more commercial pre-fall collections, Lagerfeld opts to standout. Métiers d’Art collections sit in-between haute couture and ready-to-wear. His collections will be made available on boutiques in May 2014.
Basically, Lagerfeld mixed the influences of native Indian and Texan for his Paris-Dallas collection. Past presentation locations were London, Tokyo, New York, Versailles, Venice, Moscow, Shanghai and Edinburgh.
Some of the guests were Anna Wintour and Kristen Stewart. Wintour is US Vogue’s editor-in-chief while Stewart is the collection’s campaign face. Both are seated on vintage convertibles set on a custom-built drive-thru cinema. Lagerfeld also premiered a self-directed film entitled ‘The Return’ which tackles Coco Chanel’s journey to Dallas in 1957. Geraldine Chaplin stars as Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.
Lagerfeld was presented with Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion Neiman Marcus award. This is the same award that Madame Chanel received 56 years ago. Wintour presents Lagerfeld the award.
Other guests who graced the event are Alexa Chung, Lily Collins, Dakota Fanning, Lauren Hutton, Miroslava Duma and Poppy Delevingne among others.
After watching the film, the guests are ushered to the Centennial Hall aptly converted into a barn. The setting is complete with giant chandeliers adorned with Texas and French flags and with hay-slung runway. The adjoining space was also transformed into a saloon with gambling and pool tables and a mechanical bull.
Aside from the convertibles and the cinema complete with popcorns, candies and corn dogs, other highlights of the fashion show are feather trimmings, Indian headdresses and a custom-built rodeo ring accessible by a bridge.
Image source: Heidi Dillon