This week was like a movie here in Dallas. Everyone in our city had “Chanel Fever” because Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour were here for the international fabulousness of the private Chanel Metiers d’Art pre-fall 2014 fashion show at Fair Park in Dallas. Everyone wanted to go but only select few were able to attend.
The whole set up production for the show was a sight to see! It took hundreds of talented people only a few days to create this magnificent rustic Texas themed event. SWAGG was fortunate to get an early inside look behind the scenes. Here is a closer look at the events of this magical fashion week in Dallas.
Approximately 900 celebrities and guests were in attendance — actresses Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart, Lauren Hutton, First lady of the Dallas Cowboys Gene Jones, art collectors Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Fashionista Dallas founder Heidi Dillon, Forty Five Ten retailer Brian Bolke, art dealer James Cope, socialite Nancy Rogers, Dallas fashion designer Nha Khanh, and this year’s Two x Two chair, Christen Wilson.
Guest were welcomed to Dallas with a hand delivered invites that Chanel artistic director Karl Lagerfeld drew himself as well as other goodies.
There was a private dinner for guests that traveled from afar as well as a kickoff cocktail party at The Dallas Contemporary for all the other guests. It was great fun mingling with our new French friends and welcoming them to our city.
The show kicked off with rows of vintage American convertibles parked for a Chanel drive-in movie. Ice cream and popcorn stands included. Karl Lagerfeld arrived at the show with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and former Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley. A screening of the short film “The Return” was shown to kick off the night of fashion. The guests then headed for the runway show which was transformed to a rodeo arena. The show was full of Western-inspired fashions.
“I love Dallas. I love Texans. They are the nicest of people,” Lagerfeld said. “Texas is wild, but I made it more romantic.”
Nha Khanh Dallas fashion designer made her own outfit in honor of the occasion “In spirit of Chanel, I will be wearing this white rose French corded lace piece to the show tonight.” – Nha Khanh #chaneldallas #frenchlace #nhakhanhatelier #nhakhanh
Dallas played an important role in Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s career. Retailer Stanley Marcus embraced the designer’s debut collection in 1954, after a 15-year hiatus. In 1957, he gave her Neiman Marcus’ Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion, in a ceremony at the Statler Hilton downtown.
Now in 2013 on Wednesday, the day after the show, Lagerfeld accepted the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion, the same award that brought Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel to Dallas in 1957. Lagerfeld, who also won the award in 1980 for his work at Chloe, is the only person who’s been given the honor twice. Presented by no other than Anna Wintour. “Everything is bigger in Texas and Karl has finally found a place that thinks and acts on the epic scale that he does,” Vogue editor Anna Wintour said during the ceremony. “Nowhere is his grand vision more evident than in his legendary fashion shows.”
A great fashion week in Dallas and one that many of us will remember for a lifetime.
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