Forget Paris, all eyes are on Dallas this week. The Chanel train has rolled into town, headed up by Karl Lagerfeld, and we've got our chicest cowboy hat at the ready. Yes, Grazia is amongst the 900-stong fash pack ready to watch the French fashion house presents its Métiers d’Art show in Texas on Tuesday.
On our flight from London to Dallas, who should we bump into but Chanel ambassadors Poppy Delevingne and Caroline Sieber! And later that night, we joined the gorgeous duo for a swanky dinner at CBD Restaurant, a modern Texas brasserie in the heart of the historic town. Yum. Oh, and there were a few Chanel treats to welcome us too, including an adorable Paris - Dallas T-shirt. That's our FROW outfit sorted then.
Taking place at Fair Park, the once-a-year extravaganza showcases the craft of Paris couture and is themed to a city or place that has meaning to Chanel’s history. We've been treated to a castle ruin in Scotland, a pontoon docked in the Huangpu River in Shanghai and the famous Phillips de Pury auction house in London. So why Dallas?
Inspiration for Karl's catwalk creations? [Rex]
'I love Texas,' said Cowboy Monsieur Lagerfeld. 'I love Texans.' But there’s more to it than that. Dallas (also known as 'The Big D') was chosen as a way to spotlight Coco Chanel’s tumultuous, but eventually triumphant, return to fashion following the end of World War II. After closing her business for 15 years because of the war, the house relaunched her couture collection in Paris in 1954. The clothes were collectively shunned by European buyers, customers and the press, as they were considered old-fashioned and outdated. 'The French press was beyond nasty,' said KL. 'The only press that understood it immediately was the American press.'
Indeed, Coco was granted the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion and made her first trip to Texas to pick up the gong. While in Dallas, she attended a Texas-style barbecue where, brilliantly, she watched a fashion show of cows dressed in pearls. Ha! As for this week, Anna Wintour is due to present Lagerfeld with the same honor that Chanel received in 1957, during an invitation-only ceremony at Neiman Marcus’ flagship store. We'll also get a first look at Karl's latest fashion film, ‘The Return’. It centres on Coco Chanel’s post-war return to the fashion scene and stars Geraldine Chaplin as the lady herself as well as Rupert Everett (watch the trailer below).
So can we expect Coco at the rodeo? More pearl-draped mammals? Marvellous quiffs and bling? Stay tuned as we bring you all the details direct from Dallas!