The king of Chanel, Mr. Chanel himself, aka Karl Lagerfeld was in Dallas last night along with his whole fashion entourage that included Anna Wintour, Alexa Chung and all the rest of the famous people we can not seem to remember or keep up with :-)
Well what do we owe the honor of his excellency Mr. Lagerfeld flying alll the way down to Texas, to enjoy a barn show (fashion show in the barn, cause that's where all us Texans live :-), you ask? There was so much drama about the show in the barn with hay and Karl in his black suit, white shirt and black sunglasses that we have seen him wear since, well since I can remember and I'm older than you think, that we had to search and look up why he actually was here. The social media was blasting with photographs from the show and how Anna Wintour and Karl and Andre Leon Talley sat in a convertible with a huge Drive-In sign as fans and friends snapped their photos, to be honest it was hilarious. The image that New Yorkers and Europeans have of Texas hee haw was a bit degrading to the point. Yes we are proud Texans but seriously, we don't all live in barns, drive convertibles and go to drive ins.
It was so funny to see famous city people act like they've gone to MOO-MOO land snapping selfies in a barn. Hey grab some hay while you're at it. In Texas we all eat hay! Just kidding.
Anyway, going back to the whole event, social media blasted snap shots of Kristen Stewart in front of the same convertible as the face of Chanel, wearing the ugliest outfit the world has seen (almost posted her photo, but it was not conservative enough for the blog). Personally, I did not like the whole set up for the show or the theme. Dallas can do classy. There is so much more to Dallas than the audience seating, hay flooring, flag hanging, rodeo spanking space that was chosen for the show.
One minute you see all these fashion celebrities wearing Chanel drinking vine at the most prestigious Chanel store in Dallas, the next minute they are seated in an arena staring at models walk on hay.
I think it would have been more entertaining if Karl were to wear a nice black cowboy hat and black cowboy boots, or if we saw a snap shot of Anna in her Texan attire. If you're yee-haww-ing like Texans you might as well go the whole way. The event looked disconnected and like a bunch of royalties came to observe the simple lives of us texas drawl-ing commoners. All that brouhaha and all us Texans got was a lot of traffic in Dallas.
In any case, you decide for yourself if it was all that it was pumped up to be.
Chanel's Paris-Dallas 2013 Métiers d'Art Collection
Photo Credits DMN
Now on a more serious note, to why this event actually took place. Lagerfeld was inspired by Coco Chanel's historic visit to Dallas for this year's Chanel's Metiers d'Art traveling fashion show. In September 1957, Chanel arrived in Dallas to receive a Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion. He wanted to recreate the aura of Chanel's then visit and so he did :-) In addition, Mr. Lagerfeld is receiving the same award today at Neiman Marcus, Dallas.
|Coco Chanel with Stanley Marcus in 1957|
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