Style nomads headed West for Chanel’s Paris-Dallas 2014 Métiers d’Art collection, showcased at Dallas Fair Park, aptly kitted out to resemble a rodeo. Inspired by the romantic history of old Texas and its pioneers, Karl Lagerfeld dressed a cavalry of non-typical cowgirls he described as “transposed ... very sophisticated.”
Lagerfeld’s night at the rodeo began with a drive-in movie, where guests sat in 1950’s collector’s cars (served Cracker Jack and Coca-Cola) to watch the premier of his movie The Return starring Geraldine Chaplin as Coco Chanel, on the re-opening of her couture house in 1954 after her hiatus during the war.
Then, guests traipsed to a barnyard-styled arena, decked in confederate American flags, where modernised versions of Chanel’s original suit came down the runway, with embroidered stars and fringed cuffs. Also reimagined to theme were capes, ponchos, and a glammed up knitted blanket coat. Saddle bags, mini cowboy hats, leather boots, and tights with cowboy-boot trompe l’oeil completed the looks. The finale – almost always a Chanel bride – was Caroline de Maigret dressed in an all-white ensemble with a floor-length feather headdress as a veil.
The celeb crowd then line-danced with Texan tycoon wives in a saloon-style bar, dined on BBQ, and worked that bucking bronco. Hot Chip brought the house down with a proper hoe-down of electrocountry beats making it a wild night in the West.
The atmosphere at Dallas Fair Park Kristen Stewart and Karl Lagerfeld Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea Zoë Kravitz