There is an interesting relationship that I had no clue about until I visited my latest travel destination, Texas. That relationship is the one between Texas and Chanel.
Texas does not do anything small and neither does Chanel.
Chanel founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, visited Dallas in 1957. She went to accept the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion from Stanley Marcus, head of Neiman Marcus at the time. She was given a warm welcome into the city – picked up at the airport in a white Rolls-Royce – and Stanley hosted a barbecue and Chanel themed cow fashion show in her honor. This acceptance and praise of her work came at a crucial time for Coco as she was coming out of a fifteen year retirement. The Americans love for Chanel helped her bounce back.
Fifty-six years later Karl Lagerfeld, the current designer and artistic director for Chanel, brought Chanel back to Texas for his yearly Métiers d’Art show in Dallas. Lagerfeld saw the return to Dallas as a way to honor the place where Chanel’s return to fashion royalty was solidified.
Karl turned one of the halls at Fair Park, Dallas’ Art Deco exhibition venue, into a barn, complete with a hay-scattered runway. Models in western-style hats and boots wore outfits adorned with fringe, leather and feathers. The final model was dressed in an all-white ensemble that included fringed pants and a floor-grazing feather headdress.Lagerfeld said after the show that he was inspired by “the idea of the old Texas, even before the Civil War.” He noted that his cowboys were “not typical cowboys, they are transposed, very sophisticated.” This fashion show helped to raise Dallas profile as a serious fashion city.
This show occurred back in 2013, but learning all this Chanel history now that I am here was still so intriguing.Having been in Texas for some time now, I understand why Karl loves this state and its people. I really love the people and their lifestyle. Everyone I meet is so friendly and have fun personalities. The style here is so exciting and inspiring.
To see more pictures of the show click the link to my pinterest:
One of my favorite things about walking around Dallas Fort Worth is the architecture. You can sense the history in every beautiful building. I felt they were the perfect backdrop to highlight the outfit I put together that was inspired from Chanel’s Texas fashion show.
Vest:http://www.lovebeehive.com/collections/jackets (Best boutique in Fort Worth, TX)
Stay tuned for the upcoming blog post which will dive deeper into the TX street fashion and the unique style of its people.