Giddy up girls, it’s time for a Texan romp courtesy of Chanel’s Metiers d’Art presentation in Dallas. This annual fashion extravaganza – which is essentially a season in between the summer and autumn collections where Herr Lagerfeld pays tribute to the finest craftsman, petite mains and artisans within Chanel’s stable – has become something of legend. Get invited and you’re in for more than one surprise. Tokyo? Bombay via Paris? New York? Scotland? All have hosted the spectacular fashion shows, and naturally, Grazia was on the list for Karl’s All American adventure.
Chanel's Metiers d'Art Paris-Dallas collection [@Grazia_Live Instagram]
After a tour around Southfork Ranch – the home of the Ewing Family from hit TV series Dallas – and a screening of Karl’s short film about Coco Chanel, The Return, viewed from the back of a pick-up truck, the designer extraordinaire coaxed a keen crowd into the chicest hoedown in history.
@ChungAlexa and @PoppyDelevingne shared their Texan times [Instagram]
First to the barn arrived the Front Row A-listers: Lily Collins, Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne, Lauren Hutton, Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart – who has been announced this morning as the face of this particular range that’s due to land in stores mid next year. As the ultimate tomboy-next-door, who – we speculate - could probably handle gun slinging and cattle ranching in a one-horse town - sounds like the perfect fit for the Wild Wild West wardrobe Lagerfeld presented on his hay-strewn, rodeo-ready runway.
Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart pose by the Drive In [Getty]
Many of the most recognisable visual references of the Ol’ West were in check: fringing, chaps, denim, peasant blouses, feathers (just check out Chanel ambassador Caroline de Maigret in that winter-white feathered headdress), heavy woven blanket bolts… as well as those ultimate signifiers: the Stetson and the cowboy boot. From set design to jewellery, there ain’t no half measures when it comes to Karl’s immersing the audience within his fashion experience, but we also can’t wait to see the next phase; where the puuurdy clothes skip away from the stud and into closets across the globe.