“I love Texas. I love Texans.” —Karl Lagerfeld
WHAT IS HAPPENING: Called Métiers d’Art, the yearly extravaganza showcases the work of the 11 couture workshops that Chanel has been acquiring since 1985 — among them, a shoe cobbler, a button maker, a glove maker, a Scottish cashmere mill and an artisan company that specializes in intricate, hand-stitched embroidery.
Previous locations have included:
1. A castle ruin in Scotland
2. A pontoon docked in the Huangpu River in Shanghai
3. Chanel’s 57th Street boutique in New York City
4. The famous Phillips de Pury auction house in London
WHO IS HERE: To accommodate the VIPs, Chanel booked rooms in advance at top area hotels, including the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and the Joule hotel downtown. Keyed to the show this week are private lunches and cocktail parties — making for celebrity sighting opportunities around town.
Well-known guests who have attended past Métiers shows include:
1. Princess Caroline of Monaco
2. Actors Diane Kruger, below, Emma Watson, Ashley Olsen and Lindsay Lohan
3. Supermodel Claudia Schiffer
4. Rock star Marianne Faithfull
5. Editors from top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W are also expected at the Fair Park event
WHAT TO DO: Fashion followers in Dallas can dig deeper into Chanel history during the Métiers d’Art whirlwind this week.
1. WATCH THE DEBUT of the short film The Return, written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld and starring Geraldine Chaplin as Coco Chanel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at chanel.com.
2. TOUR THE Wendy and Emery Reves Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art, which is housed in a replica of Coco Chanel’s South of France villa, which the Reveses subsequently owned. The re-created rooms are decorated with archival photos and many furnishings that belonged to Chanel.
3. SHOP CURRENT COLLECTIONS of Chanel clothing, jewelry and accessories at the company’s store in Highland Park Village and at the Chanel boutique within the downtown Neiman Marcus.
4. SHOP VINTAGE and consigned Chanel clothing and accessories at Clotheshorse Anonymous at 11661 Preston Road in Dallas, Commonwealth Couture at 6729 Hillcrest Ave. in Dallas and Vintage Martini at 1106 W. Main St. in Carrollton.
[NOTE: This post was adapted from a longer story beginning on page 1A of today's Dallas Morning News.]