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I have always been a loyal fan of the French luxury superbrand Chanel. However, the Chanel Paris show that took place on December 10th at the Dallas Fair Park was simply outstanding! It should come as no surprise that my favorite Chanel collections are the Métiers d’Art Pre-Fall shows. Chanel’s iconic artistic director, Karl Lagerfeld, coined the term “Métiers d’Art” years ago, referring to ‘the skills of art,’ when creating the brand’s annual Pre-Fall collection and runway show. Each year the fashion presentation is held at a location outside of Paris. It is always a surprise, but the city is somehow connected to Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and the history of the French brand. Coco visited Dallas in 1957 after receiving an invitation from Stanley Marcus, the man whose family founded the Dallas-based retailer, Neiman Marcus.

These exquisite, ground-breaking collections highlight the work of artisans who are a part of the Chanel subsidiary company. These include milliner Maison Michel, the costume jeweler Desrues, embroidery house of Lesage and custom shoemaker Massaro, among others. Get ready for a high voltage dose of detailed refinement! I’ll let the photos above speak for themselves. Enjoy!

*This western themed collection was unbelievably beautiful, but if I had to choose, the last two photos are my top looks. I would like to rip the navy and gold fringe sweater coat right off the model to wear with my skinny jeans and booties. It’s just THAT good! Not to mention the Indian feather inspired layered chiffon top in the last photograph. The unique color combination mixed with the whisper-delicate fabric and metallic “fringe” sequin trim, takes my breath away!

Image credit: vogue.com