ICYMI all over your Instagram feed, Chanel had a pretty wild time in Dallas last night. Part of the reason is that the pre-fall collections are currently rolling out, and while Dallas isn’t traditionally a fashion week capital, each year Karl Lagerfeld chooses a different location that has played a crucial role in shaping Chanel’s history for his traveling Metiers d’Art fashion show.
America – and Dallas in particular – were key supporters of Chanel after the Second World War. “[Lagerfeld] chooses themes linked to cities that inspire him and are consistent with the brand,” Chanel’s president of fashion, Bruno Pavlovsky revealed to Vogue. “They generally have strong ties to Mademoiselle Chanel’s life and inspiration, like London, Moscow, Shanghai, Byzance and Scotland where we held the last Métiers d’art show Paris-Edimbourg. All these places represented something to Mademoiselle Chanel – America, and notably Dallas, are part of our history, the American championed and supported Mademoiselle Chanel in the Fifties. They played a large part in putting Gabrielle Chanel back at the forefront of the international fashion.”
All these places also have a common thread — if you’re not Alexa Chung, Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning or anyone else granted one of the golden tickets, you’re regulated to interpreting the whole charade via social media and Getty and may not really know WTF is going on half the time. Dallas isn’t exactly known for doing anything by halves — and neither is Karl Lagerfeld. Cue matching outfits, cowboy hats, a full ’50s drive-in movie theatre, spiked cherry lime-aid cocktails, and a pinch casual racism thrown in for good measure. Hey, we’d almost be disappointed if it had been anything less.
1. Kristen Stewart was named the new face of Chanel Pre-Fall 2014, wasn’t happy about it.
2. Chanel Métiers d’Art or American Country Music Awards?
3. Casual cultural appropriation.
Oh boy. Come on, Chanel — no one ever dissed an outfit because it wasn’t racist enough.
4. Mechanical bull riding.
Not sure if fashion show or hen night…
5. A full ’50s Chanel drive-in movie theatre with over 100 vintage cars was constructed for the screening of Lagerfeld’s new 20-minute film, “The Return”.
You can’t sit with us.
6. The actual clothes.