The Chanel Métiers d’Art show on Tuesday, December 10 saw designer Karl Lagerfeld unveil a venue designed to resemble a Dallas rodeo. The event took place at the Dallas Fair Park, known for its stunning art-déco architecture, transformed to host the Chanel Paris–Dallas 2013–14 collection.
The dramatic event began with a showing of Lagerfeld’s new film, The Return, which starred Geraldine Chaplin as Coco Chanel (watch the preview at the bottom of this entry). Guests were seated in a fleet of classic cars, apeing an American drive-through. After this, the runway show began with a modern-but-bohemian Native American vibe. Organic wheat tones, shades of grey, whites and bleached denims were effortlessly mixed with warmer blush pinks and a bright red. More moody navies and blacks were also incorporated to edge-up the looks, as were smears of silver on the models otherwise-bare complexions. The Dallas-style Wild West most definitely came out in these pieces, but costumey it was not, as Lagerfeld’s Chanel stamp also was extremely prominent. The bohemian-style chunky jewellery elevated the pieces further and gave a carefree, effortless effect. Midi-length skirts were a staple throughout, however: some being straight and some flared created variety. More casual and effortless-than-usual cocktail dresses also featured as did flowing maxis. Both were heavily layered with oversized outerwear consisting of all sorts of free-fitting pieces: capes, ponchos and loose, tailored jackets which all exuded ease. Fabrics were varied but all seemed very organic in nature including silks, satins and Chanel’s classic tweed. Many included western details such as fringe, pleating ruffles and rodeo-style star motifs. In three words, the collection was easy, effortless and impeccable.
In attendance was the face of the collection, actress Kristen Stewart, who posed with Lagerfeld, wearing orange lambskin pants with a grey and navy cashmere pullover. The outfit consisted of pieces from the Chanel spring–summer 2014 ready-to-wear collection. The cocktail party afterwards included many more notable names including Chaplin, Anna Mouglalis, Dakota Fanning, Lauren Hutton, Lily Collins, Lynn Wyatt, Kiko Mizuhara, Zoë Kravitz, Lynn Wyatt, Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne, Leigh Lezark, Jen Brill, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, Jessica Joffe, Atlanta de Cadenet, Harley Viera Newton, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, Audrey Gelman, Liz Goldwyn, Laura Love, Giovanna Battaglia, Chan Marshall, China Chow, Alexia Niedzielski, Fuschia Katherine Sumner, Nasiba Adilova, Linda Gray, Caroline Sieber, Chiara Clemente, Sarah Hoover and Rachel Chandler-Guinness. My favourite attendee’s look of the night was Russian “it” girl Miroslava Duma who wore a navy, black and white wool sweater from the Chanel cruise 2013–14 collection. She paired this with black and white heels, a white dress and a pearl choker.
The after-party clearly did not disappoint as it was decked out with a saloon décor and was further heightened by a electrifying performance from English pop group Hot Chip. The event once again showed Chanel and Lagerfeld’s constant impeccable nature and ability to consistently be ahead of trends: here’s to Lagerfeld never retiring.—Anna Deans
The Return preview
Behind the scenes of The Return