Apparently unsatisfied with the two Coco Chanel films that have come out over the last four years (Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky and Anne Fontaine’s Coco Avant Chanel both came out in 2009), the always charming Karl Lagerfeld, head of the house of Chanel, has decided to helm his own ode to his patron, Gabrielle Chanel. Lagerfeld, who can out-grump grumpy cat any day of the week, went on record to say that he was not a fan of former Chanel spokesperson and Coco Avant Chanel star Audrey Tautou, nor did he enjoy Anna Mouglalis’ turn as the revolutionary fashion designer in director Jan Kounen’s Chanel movie (Mouglalis, incidentally, also acted as a spokesmodel for the brand). So Lagerfeld has cast English actress Keira Knightley (a Chanel spokesmodel whom he actually likes, for now) as the lead in his yet-to-be-titled Chanel short film, which he is producing in celebration of the label’s 100th anniversary.
The project will be Lagerfeld’s directorial debut, but he’s an accomplished photographer (I’m guessing he relies heavily on a light meter in order to shoot from behind those dark glasses) who’s won awards in his native Germany and, like Austrian auteur Michael Haneke, Lagerfeld has his own fake Twitter account, too (and he had it first). Film school-shmilm school. He’s practically a director already!
Known for his over the top runway treatments, it’s no surprise that the designer is going all out for his Chanel film, he’s hired crews to build “detailed retro sets” in the Deauville, the seaside town where Gabrielle Chanel opened her first boutique.
For those of you who just can’t get enough (film-wise) of talented fashion icon/suspected Nazi collaborator Coco Chanel, I have a bit of bad news. The short film will screen this May at a Chanel fashion show… in Singapore. But it will probably show up online at some point—which will no doubt infuriate Karl (most things do).