Here's Your First Look at Kristen Stewart As Coco Chanel in New Karl Lagerfeld-Directed Short

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“I think she’s one of the greatest actors of her generation,” Lagerfeld said about Twilight star Kristen Stewart to WWD, gushing about her role as the protagonist in his forthcoming 11-minute film,  slated for release Dec. 1 at Rome”s Cinecittà. 

Tackling a more complex approach to profiling the late Coco Chanel, Lagerfeld”s short will star Stewart, who plays an actress that”s preparing to play a young Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. This narrative, Lagerfeld said, is much better than all those “horrible” Chanel biopics, for one, because Stewart “looks more like Chanel than all the other actresses who played her.”

In fact, his idea to even create such a film began with Stewart—a performer whose infamous real life attitude lent itself brilliantly to Lagerfeld”s hot-tempered fictional character.

Ahead of its online casino nearing release in a week, WWD unveiled a selection of behind-the-scenes photos, providing a glimpse into the custom costumes and set, all designed by Lagerfeld:

From the making of the film "Once and forever."

From the making of the film "Once and forever."

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From the making of the film "Once and forever."

The Coveteur Tours Coco Chanel’s Legendary Apartment

The Peeping Toms over at The Coveteur have really outdone themselves with their latest room raid. On a recent trip to Paris, they were invited to snap the infamous digs of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, which is apparently nothing like the late designer’s signature black-and-white design aesthetic, and is actually very "Orient/Occident-inspired," as The Coveteur describes it. Either way, we’re jealous.

As demonstrated in the site’s tour of Rachel Zoe’s ace office space, The Coveteur’s dreamy images of the apartment include insightful commentary on the experience. A few interesting decor details of note: all of Coco’s books have deep red tones (like her signature lipstick); while other designers used velvet or silk cloth for furniture, the rebellious Coco used suede to create a couch for her library room; and the mirrored walls that lead to the iconic staircase (pictured) were used by Coco to instantly see all the reactions from press during the fashion shows held downstairs.

See the apartment tour here.

Styling Down, the Parisian Way

One thing I noticed while visiting Paris recently is that everyone—men, women, even children—knows how to put together an effortless outfit. You’d think that recreating the look yourself would be just as easy, but it isn’t. There’s always something missing—or something not missing, rather. French minimalist style has yet to be perfected in the states for one main reason: They know to keep it simple where detail is concerned. As a well-known Parisian called Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” French style is all about extraction. Whether it’s removing that statement necklace or swapping sky-high heels for flat boots, here are a few easy steps to help you answer to that je ne sais quoi.

1) Buy a Uniform. French model Constance Jablonoski’s outfit above perfectly showcases the most universal Parisian basics: Sharp black blazer, nautical striped top, skinny jeans, black bag, and black ankle boots. (Pictured above)

2) Relax. Model Ruby Aldridge isn’t French, but her slouchy pants, shirt, and her loose braid are perfect examples of relaxed style: image

3) Get a Printed Scarf. While riding the metro in Paris, I noticed one in every five girls wearing a vibrant print scarf to dress up a casual ensemble: image

4) You Don’t Need a Dress to Dress Up. I saw women all over the Champs-Elysées wearing dressy jumpsuits instead of skirts or dresses. Grab a bright clutch and you’re good to go: image

5) Make Menswear Your Own. From pairing a bowler hat with tousled hair to wearing trousers with red-hot lipstick, Parisian girls have fun with making menswear sexy: image

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A Return to Lace

According to Suzy Menkes in the New York Times, lace is making a comeback this season, adding delicate glamour to simple clothes. Specifically, black lace, which has been revered since the days of Coco Chanel, a woman who understood its delicacy and femininity. There are currently a myriad of options on the market, but here are a few favorites, after the jump.

3.1 Phillip Lim Lace & Leather Mini Dress, $795.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Abigail Lace Dress, $528.

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Only Hearts Lace T Mini, $154.

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Lucca Couture Silky Lace Sweetheart Dress, $69.

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On Every Girl’s Wish List: Chanel

The fact that legendary designer Coco Chanel was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most powerful women of the 20th century only goes to prove the impact Chanel has had on the lives of women around the globe. A little Chanel goes a long way, and there are all kinds of ways to bask in her chic legacy. Our Chanel gift picks, both quilted and perfumed, after the jump.

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, $12.57.

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Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum, $61.50.

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Quilted Lambskin Classic Bag, price upon request.

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Coco Before Chanel DVD, $16.49.

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Industry Insiders: Rochelle Gores, Winning Big at Arcade

Rochelle Gores, owner of Los Angeles boutique Arcade, on working long days, saying bye bye to boho-chic, and the year of expansion.

Where do you go out? I love Foxtail, a new club in LA. Cut is a great restaurant that I love to go to for a good steak. One of my favorite restaurants that I’ve been going to for like 18 years is Mistral. It’s in the valley. The owner is Henry. I actually really like 1912 in the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s very casual and just a nice bar to go to.

What’s your favorite aspect of owning Arcade? The buying, obviously, is one of the greatest parts, because that’s the product, and that’s the branding of the company. I am constantly overseeing the big picture and how it’s going to grow. Last year’s focus was creating the boutique, and this year, it’s launching it into doing private label and possibly into another boutique and growing as a brand. I’m really excited about that.

Who are two people that you admire in your industry? There have been so many great women in my industry. Obviously, Coco Chanel. She was the first one to put a woman in pants, and the first person to put a bag over the shoulder as opposed to carrying it in the hand. I look up to her for innovative ideas. Donna Karan is an amazing businesswoman. Stefani Greenfield from Scoop is amazing in the aspect of retail and buying. And then, my father Alec Gores on the business end.

Trends you love in fashion? Color. People are really into bold color in fashion and accessories. People are loving accessorizing everything from earrings to bags to necklaces and layering things. I think my favorite trend is going back to femininity and sophistication. And going back to that 1920’s woman.

Trends you hate? I’m really liking what I’m seeing because it’s going away from boho-chic, which I really didn’t care for. I really like where things are going. That is what Arcade is all about, feminine, womanly, beautiful, a sophisticated, very ladylike look.

One thing that people may not know about you? I work 18 hour days. I think that may shock people.

What are you obsessed with right now? I’m getting married in May so I’m obsessed with my wedding. The ceremony will be at my dad’s estate in Beverly Hills, and the reception will be at the Beverly Wilshire. I’m getting my dresses made by Herve at Carolina Herrera. I am also obsessed with the jewelry collection that I do with Neil Lane. We do these diamond letters. I wear my “R” every day, and the girls in the store wear the letter “A” for Arcade. It’s called Neil Lane for Arcade, and all of the pieces are one of a kind. I’m excited to expand with him.

What’s on the horizon for 2009? This is the year of expansion for me. I’m looking to expand through online selling, doing my own brand, and opening another store. I’m looking to expand into a larger empire.

What’s your favorite item in the boutique right now? My bathing suits. They’re fantastic. I have all Brazilian bathing suits. I have Rosa Cha, I have Lenny. And we’re one of the only places in LA that sells them.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure? Buying cosmetics. I’m very girly in that way.

What are you doing tonight? I’m in New York. We’re going to Charles on Charles Street, and then to Bijoux and Southside.

The Better Coco Chanel Movie Begins

imageAfter much talk and preproduction hell, the Coco Chanel biopic, Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel), is finally slated to begin filming. Unlike the Lifetime biopic on Coco, the Warner Bros. film painstakingly recreates Chanel’s life. French gamine Audrey Tautou was cast last year to play the young designer, and she’ll be clothed in costumes from the Chanel archive. Even Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld is set to supervise the recreation of key Coco pieces worn by the designer herself. The film will start a 12-week shoot on September 15 in Paris, aiming for a 2009 release. Possibly a lock on the best costume Oscar.

Coco Chanel Stooped, Conquered by Lifetime

Lifetime better get their fashion act together if they plan to succeed as the new home of Project Runway. Turns out the weepy network has a new MOW about fashion legend Coco Chanel — and according the New York Times, it’s not so good. (Why the Times is reviewing anything from Lifetime is anyone’s guess.) The movie is rife with inaccuracies, starting with the actresses playing Chanel … that being Barbara Bobulova as young Coco and screen legend Shirley McLaine as the older Coco. Suffice it to say, neither resemble the original. NYT critic Linda Stasi summarized the film thusly: “Clearly the filmmakers are striving for La Vie En Rose, but end up with La Vie En Dull.” If you must, catch Coco on Lifetime September 13.