Karl Lagerfeld y su homenaje a Coco Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld - Chanel Workers - Photo By Courtesy Photo
Se estreno en París, el pasado mes de diciembre de 2008, el corto mudo que ha rodado Karl Lagerfeld como homenaje a Coco Chanel. Entre los figurantes y actores ha colaborado personal cualificado de la maison Chanel porque, según el Kaiser, "sólo ellos saben cómo tocar la ropa".

La película, de escasos 10 minutos de duración y en blanco y negro, se presentó en el teatro Le Ranelagh, y su estreno se proyectó conjuntamente con el lujo de la nueva colección de alta costura de Lagerfeld para la maison mas tradicional de Francia.

La vida de Chanel es motivo de inspiración para el cine, y gran atractivo para sus admiradores, junto al mencionado corto se añaden tres películas de próxima aparición: ‘Coco avant Chanel’, dirigido por la directora francesa Anne Fontaine y protagonizada por Audrey Tatou, ‘Coco Chanel e Igor Stravinsky’, con Anna Mouglais, y el telefilme ‘Coco Chanel’, con Shirley MacLaine que interpretará a Coco en su edad madura.

"Paris Moscou", nombre del corto, arranca en 1913, año en el que la modista inaugura su primera boutique en la capital francesa, y sigue en 1923, cuando Chanel desarrolla su fascinación por el folclorey la intelectualidad rusa.

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Lagerfeld's Silent Film Homage to Coco Chanel

by Miles Socha with contributions from Ellen Groves
Posted Monday December 01, 2008.

A glamorous, big-budget short film of the silent variety will premiere in Paris this week, and it’s all due to Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, who donned a director’s hat and let rip his encyclopedic knowledge of Gabrielle Chanel’s early years.

The 10-minute movie — in all its flapper glory, as these stills illustrate — will be screened at Le Ranelagh theater on Wednesday night, along with a showing of Chanel’s Paris-Moscow, a luxury pre-fall ready-to-wear collection embellished by the couture ateliers Chanel owns.

“Today, people are ready for silent movies again, as they spend time — hours, I would say — looking at text messages and e-mails,” says Lagerfeld. “I always loved silent movies.”

The designer gathered some familiar members of his entourage, including model Brad Koenig and his bodyguard/private secretary Sébastien Jondeau (mustachioed and surly as a Russian nightclub owner), for the cast, along with model Edita Vilkeviciute, her gamine allure, jutting chin and ramrod posture creating a beguiling portrayal of the young Coco from 1913, when the legendary designer first set up shop. As reported in WWD Nov. 17, Tallulah Ormsby-Gore plays a Chanel model who has to sell her real-life mother, Lady Amanda Harlech, a hat in the film. Even the workers in the Chanel atelier got to play parts as workers in the fashion house. “I cannot take extras,” Lagerfeld notes. “They don’t know how to touch the clothes.”

The second part of the film takes place in 1923, when Chanel was already established, and is interspersed with newsreel images from the First World War. The plot, conveyed with title cards, involves a fascinating cast of characters, many tied to Russia, including Chanel’s lover the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, from whom she borrowed the pea jacket and pelisse, giving them a feminine touch. “It’s a funny movie, unpretentious,” says Lagerfeld. “Chanel was a charming woman, at liberty to seduce men. Everybody this year has decided to make a movie about Chanel, and you know their historical worth is not always too exact.”

Lagerfeld’s mini movie took two days to shoot in a studio on the outskirts of Paris, and was “made like a Hollywood production,” the designer says. “I had every image in my head.” As for the collection he will show, he says it will be “constructed,” incorporating elements of imperial Russia and Russian folklore.www.wwd.com

Chanel 1923 with Grand duc. - Photo by Courtesy Photo

Chanel Workers - Photo By Courtesy Photo

Paris Moscou’, Karl Lagerfeld rinde homenaje a Coco Chanel