Chanel takes on the Wild West.
arl Lagerfeld holds court beside the mechanical bull, while It models Lindsey Wixson and Poppy Delevingne queue for a ride. Over by the barn, couture-clad women line dance to “Neon Moon,” falling over themselves and laughing in between coordinated kicks. I’m in Dallas for the presentation of Chanel’s 2013/2014 Métiers d’Art collection, and the cool kids have officially taken over the city.
Really, we’ve been going for hours. The festivities kicked off at a replica drive-in, complete with 74 vintage convertibles, where Alexa Chung and Zoë Kravitz munched on kettle corn during
The Return, a short film by Lagerfeld about Coco Chanel’s comeback collection, in 1954, after a 15-year post-Second World War hiatus. The French turned up their noses at Chanel’s classic separates, but the looks were a huge success in America, particularly Texas. Soon afterward, Chanel visited Dallas.
The Texan city inspired this year’s Métiers d’Art show—a perennial highlight on the chic set’s calendar that takes place between Chanel’s ready-to-wear and couture shows and is sparked by a destination close to the house’s heart. Lagerfeld translated the spirit of Dallas into a Wild West sartorial extravaganza: Texas-star-embellished gowns,
trompe l’oeil cowboy-boot tights, fringed leather skirts and, of course, studded Chanel jackets. “It’s the idea of the old Texas, even before the Civil War,” explained Lagerfeld, post-show. “They’re not typical cowboys— they’re very sophisticated.” h
As Chanel takes on the WILD WEST, Christina Reynolds hangs with cowboys and cool girls.