Whether it’s Chanel’s recent takeover of Dallas, or the ever-instagrammable Prada Marfa art installation, the world of fashion has always had some interesting ties to the Lone Star state. While your stereotypical texan fashion may not be exactly en vogue (nor in Vogue) leave it to Monsieur Lagerfeld to have fashionistas everywhere clamoring for suede, fringe, cowboy boots, denim, and more. But this new southwest-inspired style isn’t just straight out of the rodeo, but instead a mix of the Lone Star look and the Parisian flare for all things chic.
Chanel Pre-Fall 2014, Via Vogue
For Chanel’s pre-fall runway the Parisian house invaded Dallas, bringing it’s favorite style stars and fashion elites with it. Down the runway traipsed Chanel’s favorite models, all decked out in boots, fringe-covered frocks, blanket-inspired coats, skirts and ponchos; and of course some classic tweed with a texan twist. Per usual with Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel, everything was done to the maximum. From the hay-covered runway to the massive white feather headdresses that closed the show, Chanel fully embraced the “everything’s bigger in texas” state of mind.
From left: Burberry Prorsum, Damir Doma, Alexander Wang, Cushnie et Ochs; Via Vogue
Like many styles Karl Lagerfeld has masterminded, western influences soon began popping up on runways from New York to Paris. Burberry had shearling coats and shawls coupled with dresses fit for a modern “Little House on the Prairie” darling. Parisian label Damir Doma showed refined western influences with the likes of a mixed brocade blanket-like coat and rustic two-tone boots. Then Alexander Wang (a.k.a the king of all things cool) showed some urban cowboy amazingness like his suede jacket with a shearling collar, and a warm brown leather shirt to boot. Cushnie and Ochs showed an entire lineup of sexy cowgirls, with black cowboy hats, pointed ankle boots, and leather galore — though these cowgirls looked much more accustomed to roping men than the usual rodeo fare.
So now that this look is certified chic, how can you achieve that perfect balance between whimsically western and that enviable Parisian refinement? You want to look like you just stepped off the runway not out of the rodeo. We have some amazing pieces picked out that that’ll have you looking like a Chanel darling, but that will still be stylish long after Mr. Lagerfeld has created his next look of the moment (and the one after that).
From Left: Donna Karan, Haute Hippie, J.Crew
One of the best staple pieces to come from the new western influences is the suede jacket. We absolutely love this Donna Karan jacket, it’s a beautifully simple silhouette in a rich warm suede that works perfectly with the the southwestern look, but it’s classic enough to be a piece that you can wear forever. Pair it with the right pieces and you’ll be cowgirl chic in no time. So what to pair it with you ask? Another key part of Chanel’s texan look is fringe, and this Haute Hippie fringe dress has all the fringe you could ever need. It’s a strikingly chic piece all on it’s own, but accessorize it right and you’ll be street style ready in no time. Then there’s denim, a timeless essential, and you can’t beat a simple J.Crew western denim shirt, especially in this lighter wash. If you’re feeling daring, double denim takes the look to a whole other level — but make sure the denim doesn’t clash, go for matching or complimentary tones for the most refined effect.
From Left: Saint Laurent, Chanel, Christian Louboutin
Leather is another must-have for this southern style, but while black can often go grungy, these oxblood Saint Laurent skinny pants evoke another bold hue from this new look’s palette. Then straight off our site are the absolute perfect boots. These killer Christian Louboutin boots aren’t anything like an old-fashioned cowboy boot but their pointed toe with a metallic cap detail gives them a slight texan twang and a certain “je ne sais quoi” that could make for the chicest cowgirl I’ve ever seen. Then to top it all off, why not have a little fun? These limited edition Chanel feather look earrings are the perfect final touch to your southwest-inspired look. They add some clear western flair and a touch of fun that any fashion lover can appreciate, whether they’re from Paris or Dallas.
So while Chanel may have run wild on their Texas adventure, this style doesn’t have to be a crazy costume straight out of a history book or the quirky movie reinterpretation. Some amazingly classic pieces can work together to help you create the ideal southwestern style. No matter if you’re more of a suede and leather kind of girl or a denim darling, there’s a bit for everyone in this style. So whether you’re in Paris or Dallas, right now or in 5 years, these pieces will always keep you looking enviably stylish with the perfect blend of down south classics and that ever-chic european refinement.