December 11th, 2013 Last Updated on: December 11th, 2013
Chanel staged a pre-fall show in Dallas on Tuesday night and the collection had a western theme. Cowboy boots and hats, turquoise jewelry, blanket coats and fringes galore playing a huge part in the show. Another pervasive theme was Navajo prints and American Indian-inspired accessories, which have proven to be a very touchy subject in the fashion industry in recent years.
The final two looks of the show featured white, feathered headdresses — the very same style that caused a major controversy at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2012. We know that Lagerfeld was inspired by the American West for this collection, and yes, Native Americans played a huge role there both historically and today, with over 20 different tribes making Texas their home. But, as a group that faced so much hardship (from slavery to slaughter), you’d think that designers and tastemakers would be a bit more sensitive to their comments and their desire to stop seeing their cultural symbols used as a passing trend.
Read more from Alyssa Vingan about the Chanel show on the Fashionista blog.
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