Karl Lagerfeld Receives the NM Fashion Award
December 12, 2013
As a capstone to Chanel’s Metiers d’Art extravaganza in Dallas, Neiman Marcus revived an historic tradition, presenting the Neiman Marcus Award For Distinguished Service In The Field of Fashion to Chanel Artistic Director Karl Lagerfeld. Neiman Marcus Group CEO Karen Katz presented the statuette, as Stanley Marcus presented it to Coco Chanel in 1957. Vogue’s Anna Wintour co-hosted the private luncheon in the NM flagship store, where Lagerfeld was seated by his friend, Houston philanthropist Lynn Wyatt.
Wintour, after shaking hands with the crowd, spoke warmly of her friend. “Karl’s erudition is incredible and I must admit, slightly terrifying,” but he’s also a very loyal friend and a brilliant ballroom dancer, she remarked.
“This award is only half mine,” said Lagerfeld. “Half is to the legacy of Chanel, the spirit of Chanel, because we wouldn’t be here without that. And to the management of Chanel… especially those who made the fashion show possible. This is a thing which took a year to get together. I’m happy to do it in Texas… I love Texan people, and the top of the list is Mrs. Wyatt. And I don’t see any other place in America that I really wanted to make a show… Dallas is the right place. People dream about Dallas in Europe; they have a special idea about what Dallas is.”
The award is given to individuals who have made a distinctive contribution to the world of fashion by designing, promoting, or wearing fashion in a way that influences the public. More than 100 luminaries have received the award since its inception in 1938. Past honorees include Princess Grace of Monaco, Estee Lauder, Bill Blass, Greer Garson, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani and Richard Avedon.