Not even ice storms could keep us away. Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2013-14 collection brought us to Dallas for a dazzling extravaganza of drive-ins, line dancing, and a saloon party like no other. How nice it is to live in Karl Lagerfeld’s world, if only for two days. Here’s my guide to finding some Southern comfort while you’re there.
Chicest restaurant… Hattie’s in the Bishop Arts District. An American bistro with low-country influence where the house special is fried green tomatoes and most of the other dishes involve fried chicken. Can’t stop wondering who first came up with the idea to soak everything in buttermilk?
Menu tip… despite how it sounds, pulled pork is easily one of the healthiest menu options. Tick.
Only in Dallas… root-beer marshmallows toasted at the table.
Cultural must-do… the Dallas Museum of Art boasts Mondrians (above), Rothkos, and an impressive collection of French Impressionists, including Monet. We visited to see a reproduction of Gabrielle Chanel’s home in La Pausa, donated to the museum by Texas model Wendy Russell and her husband, Emery Reves.
Best souvenirs… Big Hunks, found at the Dallas airport’s candy store. “Bust it, smack it, break it to pieces.” Chewy, honey-sweetened nougat with whole roasted peanuts that’s definitely the best present I’ve ever found for the RUSSH team back home.
Come prepared to … line dance and ride a mechanical bull.
Shops to visit… Cowboy Cool and Dolly Python. I didn’t buy anything, but the names couldn’t keep me away.
Phrases to know…
“It’s Dallas, baby”
“Don’t mess with Texas”
Favorite Texan… Model Drake Burnette, who I met after the show. A total babe, but also proves the South grows more than just cowboys; she’s 80
percent punk at least.
Lesson learned … the burgers are better with Texas cheddar and ranch sauce.
Wish I’d bought… a diamond crucifix.
Wish I’d left with … Chanel cowboy boots.
Style icon… Linda Gray from Dallas.
Dress code… black cowboy hats (like the bad guys wore) and full-length furs; and yes, it looks amazing.
For next time… a visit to J.R. Ewing’s Southfork Ranch
Pinch-me moment… Lauren Hutton stopping by our Cadillac at the “Drive In” to say howdy. This really happened.
Photos: Courtesy of Jess Blanch