CHANEL-ED The Right Way!

Karl Lagerfeld once said, “I love to watch times change.” He sure proved it by taking us back in the year 1913 through his short film, Once Upon A Time. Starring the British superstar, Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel and various other supermodels in cameo roles, the movie was premiered yesterday in Singapore, marking the 100 years of Chanel in existence.

Karl Lagerfeld at the premiere of Once upon a time, in Singapore
Karl Lagerfeld at the premiere of Once upon a time, in Singapore

There is a reason why Karl is known as a perfectionist and why, even after 100 years, Chanel continues to be a class apart. The movie shows the early days of struggle of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and her vision for fashion.

Keira Knightley starring as Coco Chanel
Keira Knightley starring as Coco Chanel

The opening scene shows a duo of local maids mocking Coco’s taste in fashion as she came up with her own version of minimalistic hats. In just 18 minutes, Karl manages to show us Coco’s struggle with her hat boutique to them eventually becoming a rage. Coco’s vision for futuristic designs and an eye for trends is depicted very well in a scene where Coco appreciates a masculine jacket on a customer and decides to make something similar.

Keira Knightley and Amanda from the stills in the movie
Keira Knightley and Amanda from the stills in the movie

Besides Keira, supermodels Lindsey Wixon, Stella Tennant and actor Amanda Harlech are a complete delight to watch.

American model Lindsey Wixon as a customer
American model Lindsey Wixon as a customer

The film proves that Karl Lagerfeld is a man of many talents and he sure knows perfectionism. If you are a Chanel, there is no reason you shouldn’t treat yourself to this 18-minute saga that gives you a peek into Gabrielle Coco Chanel’s world.

By: Isha Gupta

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