Five stories that have North Texas talking: Chanel invades Dallas; the top 10 dogs of the Icepocalypse; a lawsuit about an expensive piece of art, and more.
- Kristen Stewart was in Dallas last night. So was Dakota Fanning. And Anna Wintour. They were among many celebrities in the crowd as Chanel’s exclusive Metiers d’Art fashion show took over Fair Park Tuesday. Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel, presented the ritzy runway show for hundreds of celebrities, fashion journalists and other Chanel VIPs. One of the Fair Park halls was transformed into a barn. The runway was covered with hay. Women’s Wear Daily described it as a “high-end hoedown.” “I love Dallas. I love Texans. They are the nicest of people,” Lagerfeld told The Dallas Morning News. “Texas is wild, but I made it more romantic.” Many of Dallas’ bold-faced names were in the crowd, including Gene Jones and Howard and Cindy Rachofsky. Also spotted: Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz and fashion director Ken Downing. The Associated Press reported: “Lagerfeld said after the show that he was inspired by ‘the idea of the old Texas, even before the Civil War.’ He noted that his cowboys were ‘not typical cowboys, they are transposed, very sophisticated.’ Many of the outfits included Native American-inspired prints, with most of the models wearing a single feather in their hair. Denim also made frequent appearances on the runway.” Chanel also debuted a short film last night. Watch it here. Chanel has some pictures from the show. So does The News.
- A trial was scheduled to start Tuesday in federal court involving a lengthy fight between Marguerite Hoffman, a prominent Dallas art collector, and David Martinez, a Mexican financier who bought a piece of art from her. The art: An untitled 8-foot-tall 1961 painting by Mark Rothko that features two red rectangles. In 2007, Hoffman sold the painting. Later, the painting was sold at auction by Sotheby’s for $31 million. In 2010, Hoffman sued Martinez for failing to keep the sale secret. By selling the painting at auction, the confidential sale became public, Hoffman says. The defendants say they didn’t violate any agreement.
- Architecture, before and after: Architect Joe Self and interior designer Tracy Self are speaking at 6:30 tonight at the Center for Architecture in Fort Worth, 3425 West 7th St. The topic: “Before and After – The Power of Transformed Space.” They’ll show “before and after” examples to illustrate “the dramatic differences that can be achieved with design principles.”
- The Texas Tribune reports that State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, is the subject of a sworn ethics complaint about businesses he allegedly failed to disclose as required, including a company tied to the warehouse where he has been keeping his vintage car collection. The Tribune said: “Carona called the complaint, filed last week by a third-year dental student in Dallas, a politically motivated ‘stunt’ by his Republican primary opponent, businessman Don Huffines. Carona said the companies did not have enough activity to meet the threshold for disclosure.” The student who filed it, Joshua Mark Morales, described himself as a Republican voter who lives in Carona’s district. He said he had no ties to the Huffines campaign but opposes Carona’s re-election. When asked if the Huffines campaign was behind the complaint, a spokesman said: “We aren’t the only people in Texas that know of his corruption.”
- North Texas is starting to recover from the icy blast of winter. (Although some school districts remain closed today, including Denton ISD.) The Dallas Observer compiled photos of dogs outside in various wintry scenes. “While it was no joke for a lot of people, for some it was an excuse to frolic in the ice with their confused pets, some of whom seemed deeply unsure about the sudden white coating everything had received,” the Observer said. “We asked Twitter to send us photos of befuddled mutts.” The list, The Top 10 Dogs of the Icepocalypse, is here. By the way: What is cobblestone ice? Learn more about that here. And find more ways we turned this nasty storm into a winter wonderland.