Fashion / Style File

A Reimagined Chanel

BY // 12.10.14
photography Sam Frost

After a Texas-centric past year for Chanel — with Karl Lagerfeld’s appearance with his 2013/2014 Cruise Collection themed Paris/Dallas, culminating in an international runway show at Fair Park in Dallas — Karl visits another oil-rich, Wild West locale: Dubai. To showcase this kissing-cousin-to-Texas collection, Chanel throws open its new Galleria portals Wednesday, December 10, after a massive six-month, multi-million-dollar makeover — its first since the boutique opened in 1998. NY architect Peter Marino revised the sleek new interiors, plucking ideas from the gilded screens and rock-crystal objects of Coco Chanel’s opulent Paris apartment, commingled with contemporary works by artists Marc Swanson, Peter Dayton and Patrick Hill, all set against Chanel’s iconic black-and-white palette.

In the reimagined 5,000-square-foot space, shoes, bags, jewelry and ready-to-wear fill rooms that flow like a residence, culminating in oversized and extraordinarily plush fitting areas. Barbara Cirkva, Division President, CHANEL Inc., says, “This evolution is what keeps the designs fresh and exciting, just as Karl [Lagerfeld] reinvents the codes of Chanel each collection.”

Take the exotic and daring 2014/2015 Cruise Dubai — a floaty, feminine, East-meets-West collection of tweed and colorful keffiyeh scarves, beaded tunics, pointed satin slippers and strappy “glass” sandals — a romantic modern Orient, Lagerfeld tells style.com,“a new One Thousand and One Nights,” with the past (decaying tweeds and patchwork) ingeniously juxtaposed with three dimensional geometrics. It’s a perfect pitch high note for the reopening of this stunning new Chanel salon. Chanel, Galleria Houston.

A collection of pieces you’ll see in the new CHANEL boutique.

Home, chic home.

Featured Properties


Like PaperCity Dallas on Facebook

Beyond the magazine. Get more of Dallas’ top restaurant, real estate, society, fashion and art in your news feed.