Putting all of our most-favored and oft-abused Texan-centric clichés aside, it was kind of fitting to cap off the end of our year in the city that became a home away from home of sorts for us over the past several months. And is it possible to go out with a bigger bang than plum seats at CHANEL's annual Métiers d'Art show to take in their pre-fall collection? Yeah, we didn't think so either.
After spending the afternoon getting all gussied up with Laura Love and Atlanta DeCadenet (you guessed it: #comingsoontoaCoveteurnearyou), we arrived at the venue ready for Uncle Karl's take on the Wild, Wild West—er, make that South. Geography, you guys! After transforming Dallas' Fair Park into a drive-in, fittingly, Lagerfeld rolled up in a fleet of Chevy Chevelles, with none other than Anna Wintour (wearing a rainbow frock from the not-yet-in-stores SS/14 collection, because, what else?) and André Leon Talley in the back seat, along with Cov-alums Harley Viera-Newton, Jen Brill and Leigh Lezark.
We then cuddled up to our adult cherry lime-aid and popcorn as the presentation commenced with a showing of 'The Return'; you know, the short-film you likely saw approximately one million Instagram teasers of should you have taken a scroll through your feed last night. With a cameo from Audrey Marnay, the film documented Coco Chanel's initially-not-so-triumphant-return to fashion. Legend goes that Coco visited Dallas way back in the late 1950's, shortly after over a decade-long hiatus from all things couture, after being better received stateside than her native Paris. The French, right?! Fast-forward one bovine-littered catwalk (yeah, that happened), a handful of square dancers, and a not-so-well-received barbecue later, and Coco was in the midst of a full-blown love affair with all things Texans.
All that and a fashion show, too? Yeah, CHANEL knows how to treat a girl (and, uh, Jake). With slashes of metallic gold and silver 'tweed' sparkling across the cheekbones and temples, we sat mesmerized as the models began barraging down the runway. It was a Cov-reunion of sorts, including one seriously adorable (all together now: "awwww!") turn by Cov-alums Hudson and his dad, Brad Kroenig, Erin Wasson and closing out with none other than Caroline de Maigret. Word to the wise: anticipate full-on Americana with embroidery, drop-waist dresses, a healthy helping of light-wash denim on denim and enough tassels and fringe to make you giddy up and hop on a mechanical bull, which is exactly what Lily Collins and Alexa Chung did at the after party, FYI. When in Dallas...