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?