Antithetical? We think not. Coco Chanel once made the rounds of Texas in a Rolls Royce in 1957. This year, house designer Karl Lagerfeld commemorated that eventful stopover in Dallas by setting his annual show, Métiers d’Art, there.
Drawing inspiration from native Indians, Navajo, and Western panache, Lagerfeld lay on the denim, hats, boots, and leather for the distinct, layered look that Chanel has mastered. The atmosphere inside the bullring venue was made all the more woolly by the tasseled babydoll denim frocks, richly grizzled tribal overcoats, and feathered headdresses.
Boots, of course, made the most underrated footfalls on the soft earth catwalk. From ankle-high to mid-calf, camel boots and a splash of bright, tribal motifs seemed to wave the state colors. The American West was brazenly represented by an unflinching Lagerfeld, who had the blessing of history to push through with the suede and leather crusade as a turning point of the house’s expansive fashion ideals.
This show celebrated Coco Chanel’s relationship with America, and how the country influenced the expansion of the brand. The cold, hard stare of puritan Parisians upon this earthy setting might puzzle, for this ranch is exquisitely well-dressed and luxurious. One can’t underestimate the influence of Texan socialites, who were present in the show, to turn trends around.