Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld unveiled a new "Texas-inspired" collection at a rodeo runway show in Dallas last night. While the mere sight of Chanel in Texas is cause for a squeal in the most seasoned of fashionistas, this little Texan will not be seen jumping for joy. There's a common idea that's long circulated among fashion lovers. While "Chanel can do no wrong" might ring true for some, there is a whole lot wrong with Lagerfeld's idea of what Texas fashion is all about. Yes, I said it.
Lagerfeld's use of Native American headdresses to sell fashion is reprehensible, as it was when Victoria Secret tried to do it last year. H&M also faced a firestorm of criticism for carrying colorful headdresses in stores this summer. The masses have spoken.
Aside from moral issues, Lagerfeld's collection is flat-out unstylish. An everlasting and rather annoying cliche' surrounding our great state of Texas is that it's all about horses, cowboys and ranch life out here. In reality -- anyone who has experienced the weirdness of Austin can testify -- there is so much more to Texas that meets the eye. A thriving economy, a lush landscape, Big City living - these are all things Texas is known for, yet the "old west" vibe is a tough one to shed. Not only is Karl Lagerfeld inexperienced in handling the media (he's long been known to shame overweight women), but he's also inexperienced in creating a collection that is capable of serving as a beautiful homage to our wonderful state. Plain and simple, these clothes are quite hideous. The late Coco Chanel deserves much more than outdated fringe and the hobo-chic aesthetic Lagerfeld was inevitably attempting to emulate. It's been said that Coco Chanel harbored a great appreciation for Texas, the city of Dallas in particular. The simple thought of a fashion icon holding a special place in her heart for our state is indeed music to many a bedazzled earring-wearing ears. However, this is not high-end fashion. This is a half-hearted attempt to capitalize on the generalizations of a state. Stop trying to make ugly clothing happen, Karl Lagerfeld. They're never going to happen.