December 6th, 2013
The invitation sketched by Karl Lagerfeld reads, "Coco Chanel back in Dallas". The fashion show for the 2013/14 Métiers d'Art collection titled "Paris-Dallas" will take place on the 10th of December 2013 at Dallas Fair Park, a historical venue with art-deco architecture that is located in the heart of the Texan city. This event is the occasion to celebrate the strong bond that linked the French designer to the United States. "I admire and love America. It's where I made my fortune. For many Americans (…), I am France" stated Gabrielle Chanel, cited by Paul Morand in his book, The Allure of Chanel.
The climax of this mutual passion dates back to 1957, when Coco Chanel – accompanied by a delegation of 125 people from France – landed on October 14th at the Dallas airport. Stanley Marcus, co-founder of the Neiman Marcus store, awarded her with the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion, the "Oscar of Fashion". That year, the designer of rue Cambon is the only winner among the 300 fashion designers invited, an indication of the importance she holds in the hearts of Americans. During her twelve-day Texan journey, Gabrielle Chanel dazzles the crowd to the point that Time Magazine reports the event by titling it "Dallas in Wonderland".
Fifty-six years later, Karl Lagerfeld returns to Dallas and retraces this journey that sealed the French-American love story of the designer with the people seduced by the modernity of her creations.
Discover behind the scene features of the fashion show on December 10th, from 9pm Dallas time, on Chanel News.
1- The designer at Neiman Marcus in the cabine with multiple mirrors, as a nod to the mythical staircase of rue Cambon
2- Stanley Marcus and his wife Billie surround Gabrielle Chanel at a party organized at their ranch, before the awarding the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.
3- Gabrielle Chanel, radiant, bids farewell to Stanley Marcus before returning to France. A historical detail, it was the first time that the Dallas airport welcomed an airplane from abroad.
©DeGolyer Library, SMU, Marcus Papers
December 4th, 2013
In December 1953, Coco Chanel began her incredible return to center stage. The designer reopens her Haute Couture house after fifteen years of absence. The collection is welcomed by the French press with an icy silence. Only the American media supports the looks that define the rebirth of Chanel's style. The Return retraces this determining period, that shaped the legend of the designer of rue Cambon forever.
The Return features Geraldine Chaplin in the role of Gabrielle Chanel, Rupert Everett, Anna Mouglalis, Lady Amanda Harlech, Arielle Dombasle, the model Kati Nescher, as well as Vincent Darré and Sam McKnight. This new film imagined, written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld, will premiere in Dallas on December 10th as an introduction to the 2013/14 Métiers d'Art fashion show, at 6:30pm local time, and broadcasted simultaneously on chanel.com.
Soundtrack: Francis Poulenc "Sonate pour hautbois et piano, Op. 185 : Scherzo"
November 28th, 2013
On November 27th, Chanel celebrated Numéros Privés at the historic Chertkov Mansion in Moscow. Guests wandered through an installation featuring Chanel’s iconic codes.
Photo by Olivier Saillant
November 26th, 2013
Zhang Ziyi wore a Chanel dress from the Fall-Winter 2012/13 Haute-Couture collection at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, where she won the award for the best leading actress for her performance in the film "The Grandmaster" by Wong Kar‑Wai.
November 23rd, 2013
A look back at the conference given by Karl Lagerfeld on November 19, 2013 in the Grand Amphitheater at Sciences Po. The artistic director of Chanel was interviewed by Francoise-Marie Santucci, in front of an audience of Communications students and personalities from the world of culture and fashion.
November 20th, 2013
Chanel's artistic director has gone back to school. For two hours, the man who ended his studies at age 16 "because he did not have enough time" spoke to an enthusiastic audience, composed of students and personalities in the Grand Amphitheater at Sciences Po, the prestigious Paris University. Hosted by Frederic Mion, the director of IEP Paris, Karl Lagerfeld presented his outstanding destiny with sincerity, subtlety and humor. "The sketcher" as he describes himself, explained the importance of knowledge in his life, "You must know everything! There are so many things to do, to read, to learn… I fight for the 48-hour day!" Karl Lagerfeld shared his view of creation, "My vision follows the times and I also change with it. To never have a fixed position in fashion is essential. We must adapt to the evolution of time, and not vice versa." He reminds the audience of his motto: "There's no credit for the past." The audience is attentive, and the tweets are published as quickly as the accurate speech of the designer.
On the occasion of this conference, Karl Lagerfeld shared some information about the upcoming Métiers d'Art 2013/14 fashion show, which will take place in Dallas on December 10th. The choice of the American city is "a tribute to the United States, the only ones who supported the return of Gabrielle Chanel in 1954 in Paris." He also stressed the importance of métiers d'art – which will be highlighted at the show – and those who perpetuate the excellence of French savoir-faire: "I deeply admire those who have the patience to work one thousand hours on an embroidered piece. As I, myself, don't have any!" After sharing his biggest regret," to not know how to play the piano," Karl Lagerfeld gave the younger generation some valuable advice: "Everyone has to find their path. No generalization."
Karl Lagerfeld, Francoise-Marie Santucci and Frederic Mion
Photo by Olivier Saillant
November 19th, 2013Par Olivier Saillant
The Return, a film imagined, written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld will premiere in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, December 10th 2013, before the 2013/14 Métiers d'Art runway show, titled "Paris-Dallas". The screening and the fashion show will take place in Dallas Fair Park, a historical exhibition venue with art deco architecture that is situated in the heart of the city.
Following the short film Once Upon a Time…, which had its debut last May in Singapore, in which Karl Lagerfeld explored Gabrielle Chanel’s early days in Deauville in 1913, The Return retraces her footsteps to the reopening of her couture house in 1954 in Paris, and the importance of the role that the United States played in this come back.
The Return features Geraldine Chaplin in the role of Gabrielle Chanel alongside Rupert Everett, Anna Mouglalis, Lady Amanda Harlech, Arielle Dombasle and Kati Nescher as well as Vincent Darré and Sam McKnight. This new short film by Karl Lagerfeld will be premiered - in his presence - in Dallas, on December 10th, 2013 at 6:30pm local time, and simultaneously on chanel.com.
Photo by Olivier Saillant
November 18th, 2013
The film depicts the story of the Cruise 2013/14 collection from the ateliers in Paris to the show in Singapore. The collection is now available in boutiques.
More information on chanel.com
Soundtrack: Kid Creole and The Coconuts "I'm a Wonderful Thing Baby"