CHANEL’S MÉTIERS D’ART TRAVELING FASHION SHOW DESCENDS TO DALLAS, TEXAS
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.
Local influencers like Heidi Dillon, the Partner/Executive Producer at Morning Dew Pictures and the founder of non-profit The Fashionistas, was on the invitation list. The family rocked their Chanel attires and proved Dallas to be one of the fashion headquarters together with the rest of the local fashionistas and fashionisters.
Image source: Heidi Dillon
I don't think there is another person achieved what she achieved in her life time. Happy birthday Edith Head, eight Oscars winner in the category of costume design. She passed away in 1981. She's been the inspiration of generations of designers including the greatest fashion designers as of today. Dior's 2013 SS collection is inspired by the Edith Head dress wore by Grace Kelly.
Amelia Mary Earhart (/ˈɛərhɑrt/ AIR-hart; July 24, 1897 – disappeared 1937) was a noted American aviation pioneer and author. [N 1] Earhart was the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross,awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day.
Trading on her physical resemblance to Lindbergh, whom the press had dubbed "Lucky Lindy," some newspapers and magazines began referring to Earhart as "Lady Lindy." The United Press was more grandiloquent; to them, Earhart was the reigning "Queen of the Air." Immediately after her return to the United States, she undertook an exhausting lecture tour (1928–1929). Meanwhile, Putnam had undertaken to heavily promote her in a campaign including publishing a book she authored, a series of new lecture tours and using pictures of her in mass market endorsements for products including luggage, Lucky Strike cigarettes (this caused image problems for her, with McCall's magazine retracting an offer) and women's clothing and sportswear. The money that she made with "Lucky Strike" had been earmarked for a $1,500 donation to Commander Richard Byrd's imminent South Pole expedition.
The marketing campaign by both Earhart and G.P. Putnam was successful in establishing the Earhart mystique in the public psyche. Rather than simply endorsing the products, Earhart actively became involved in the promotions, especially in women's fashions. For a number of years she had sewn her own clothes, but the "active living" lines that were sold in 50 stores such as Macy's in metropolitan areas were an expression of a new Earhart image. Her concept of simple, natural lines matched with wrinkle-proof, washable materials was the embodiment of a sleek, purposeful but feminine "A.E." (the familiar name she went by with family and friends). The luggage line that she promoted (marketed as Modernaire Earhart Luggage) also bore her unmistakable stamp. She ensured that the luggage met the demands of air travel; it is still being produced today.
A wide range of promotional items would appear bearing the Earhart "image" and likewise, modern equivalents continue to be marketed. A more recent Gap khaki pants ad campaign (1993) featured Amelia Earhart's likeness, and was the progenitor of additional modern revivals of her in advertising campaigns, including Apple Computer's "Think Different" advertising campaign (1997).
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