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Karl Lagerfeld's vision of Texas women lends chic cowgirl vibe to Chanel boutique

Karl Lagerfeld's vision of Texas women lends cowgirl vibe to Chanel

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Karl Lagerfeld's Paris-Dallas collection, shown in Dallas last December, is in Chanel stores now. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Some pieces are more wearable than others, like these high-waisted skinny jeans and short boots. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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There's plenty for the cowgirl on the ranch too. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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The collection is Karl Lagerfeld's vision of the Texas woman. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
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Isn't this how all Texas women dress? Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Look from Chanel Metiers d'Art in Dallas
Look from Chanel Metiers d'Art in Dallas
Look from Chanel Metiers d'Art in Dallas
Look from Chanel Metiers d'Art in Dallas
Look from Chanel Metiers d'Art in Dallas

It's not exactly like walking into Cavender's. But the Chanel boutique has a Western vibe with the arrival of Karl Lagerfeld's Paris-Dallas pre-fall collection. The first pieces, dubbed Act One, have been in-store at Highland Park Village since July. Act Two has begun to arrive — just as the well-heeled Park Cities women are returning from their summer vacations.

The collection was unveiled in Dallas' Fair Park last December in a big show that drew Hollywood celebrities and top fashion magazine editors. It is Lagerfeld's vision of the Texas woman, based on his friendship with Houston international jetsetter Lynn Wyatt. There's plenty for the Chanel cowgirl to wear on the ranch, including blanket coats, fringe skirts, tight denim jeans and colorful poncho sweaters.

Some of it looks a little costumey, but there are plenty of individual pieces — white blouses, denim vests, leather skirts and suede booties with the interlocking Chanel C's — that would fit into just about any Texas woman's wardrobe. For evening, a black tulle gown dotted with silver stars has a dressed-up, yet down-home vibe, particularly when paired with a quilted denim jacket trimmed in gold piping.

The collection also includes offerings for the city girl, with several versions of the classic Chanel suit with fringed hem — some accessorized with pearls and a cowboy hat.

Isn't that how every Texas woman dresses?