By Buffalo Exchange Dallas
Even though we’re home to Neiman Marcus—the pinnacle of luxury—a high fashion city is not what many picture as Dallas. Instead of runways, it’s cowboy hats and long horns, big hair and pickup trucks, or the blue and silver logo of the Dallas Cowboys. Because of this, some were surprised that Dallas was chosen as the host of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art fashion show, an annual event that has taken place in select cities such as London, Tokyo and Shanghai. Each city has a link to the design house and inspired a theme for each collection, which highlighted the work of its artisans.
Karl Lagerfeld told Women’s Wear Daily back in January why he brought the show to Dallas:
“It’s very important to do it in a very special way, because today, everything is shown on the Internet and on television. When you have a show with only a girl coming out of the door, crossing a runway, it’s OK for fashion freaks but the public get bored very quickly. There has to be some magical surrounding. That’s why I went to Scotland to this castle where Mary Stuart was born, and it was quite a magical moment.
“To do the opposite, next time, in a year, I will go to Dallas. You know why? First of all, I love Texas. I love Texans. There’s another reason. When Chanel reopened, the French press was beyond nasty. The only press that understood it immediately was the American press, and Neiman Marcus gave her the Oscar for her collection, so I think it’s a nice thing to go there.”
The collection paid tribute to Texas in its western inspiration. The venue was transformed into a barn-like setting and involved hay on the catwalk! The pieces included fringe leather, feathers and denim—all iconic of Americana design. Attendees were treated to a screening of Lagerfeld’s film, “The Return,” shown drive-in style complete with vintage cars from the ‘50s.
With all the excitement around the event, we wanted to share some of the Chanel pieces that have come across the counter here at Buffalo Exchange over the past year!