Chanel takes inspiration from Dallas for show

By By JAMIE STENGLE

DALLAS (AP) — The inspiration for Chanel's "Metiers d'Art" show this year will come from Dallas, the Texas city where Coco Chanel was once given a welcome that included being picked up at the airport in a white Rolls-Royce and being feted at a Western-themed party complete with a fashion show featuring cows.

For more than a decade, designer Karl Lagerfeld has picked a city linked to the house for the theme of the show staged each December to highlight the work of its artisans. On Tuesday evening, it will be Dallas' turn.

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel visited Dallas in 1957 at the invitation of Stanley Marcus, who lead luxury retailer Neiman Marcus. Her visit came three years after she reopened her Paris fashion house after shuttering it as Europe entered World War II.

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