Runway highlights & headdress controversy from the Chanel Paris-Dallas Métiers d’Art 2013/2014 show

Dec 13 2013 by
Categories : Fashion


My view of the Chanel Paris-Dallas Métiers d’Art 2013/2014 runway finale from the hay-strewn rodeo arena set. 

Chanel’s Paris-Dallas Métiers d’Art 2013/2014 runway show was a fashion rodeo of the most haute kind. Karl Lagerfeld drew on virtually every Wild West reference imaginable—and gave it all a Chanel polish. "It’s the idea of the old Texas, even before the Civil War," Lagerfeld said, but "not typical cowboys, they are transposed, very sophisticated." Here’s a close-up look at some of the runway trends—including the controversial Native American headdress finale and Chanel’s apology…
ChanelDallasRunway1Chanel jackets got the full-on Western treatment paired with slightly flared mid-calf skirts (with studded, fringed waistbands); blanked-printed skirts; and even a star-embellished cocktail dress. All runway photos courtesy Chanel.
ChanelDallasRunway2 Sweaters with bullhorn patterns and blanked coats with embroidered lapels and cuffs were layered with everything from ruffle skirts to tweed dresses.
ChanelDallasRunway3 Flowy prairie-style skirts, dresses and blouses came complete with tiers, pleats and frilly ruffles.
ChanelDallasRunway4 Feathers also faired prominently—and controversially—in the collection. From Native-American-inspired single feathers worn in the hair to a finale that featured two elaborate feather headdresses. There was swift reaction to the headdresses—especially since there has been
much discussion recently about cultural appropriation in fashion. Recent examples include a headdress worn at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show and a faux-headdress pulled from store shelves at H&M. Chanel has since issued an apology: "The Chanel Paris-Dallas Métiers d’Art 2013/2014 collection is a celebration of the beauty of Texas. Native Americans are an integral part of Texas’s rich history and culture and the feather headdress, a symbol of strength and bravery, is one of the most visually stunning examples of the creativity and craftsmanship. We deeply apologize if it has been misinterpreted or if it is seen as offensive as it was really meant as a tribute to the beauty of craftsmanship." What do you think about cultural appropriation in fashion? Read More:
Least-wanted fashion trend: The co-opting of Aboriginal dress
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