Chanel Métiers d'Art 13/14 fashion show Dallas-Paris
Cowboy chic extravaganza in the US of A
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld
Americana appreciating fashion fans were in their element last night as Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from the country's West for his Metiers d'Art travelling fashion show, held this year in Dallas, a city which certainly enjoyed it's high profile fashion moment.
Models with Western-style hats and boots wore outfits adorned with fringe, leather and feathers at the show in Dallas' Art Deco exhibition venue, Fair Park. Chanel also turned the exhibition hall into a barn for the night, complete with a hay-scattered runway that featured an all-American drive-thru cinema. Karl Lagerfeld sat in a convertible soft-top seating arrangement with Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley.
Geraldine Chaplin and Lauren Hutton
Guests at the vent also included Buro 24/7 Founder Miroslava Duma and Business Development Director Nasiba Adilova, Chanel ambassadors Poppy Delevingne and Alexa Chung, plus latest 'face' of the brand – and this collection in particular – Kristen Stewart.
For more than a decade now, designer Karl Lagerfeld has picked a city linked to the house for the theme of the show staged each December to highlight the work of its artisans.
Founder Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel visited the city in 1957 at the invitation of Stanley Marcus, who led Neiman Marcus, the Dallas-based luxury retailer founded by his family, and feted at a Western-themed party, complete with a catwalk featuring cows.
Last night, the show began with the world-premiere of the film The Return – a film written and directed by Lagerfeld – retracing the steps of Coco Chanel as she reopened her Paris couture house in 1954, after shuttering it as Europe entered World War II.
The move was met by an icy reception from the French press, but was embraced by the Americans, and Neiman Marcus was among those that lauded her return – with a special appreciation for the suits that her name is now synonymous with.