Karl Lagerfeld returns to the director’s chair – film director’s chair that is – with his 18-minute short “Once Upon A Time.” The film is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Chanel boutique in Deauville Normandy, which Lagerfeld allegedly went to great lengths to reproduce. Keira Knightley stars as the late Coco Chanel. As the casting would have it, the short is lovingly realized and a highly personal production. Not only is Knightley also the face of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance campaign, she is joined in the film by models Stella Tennant and Brad Kroenig, his son Hudson, and emerging actress Tallula Harlech. Tallulah is the daughter of Lagerfeld’s longtime collaborator Lady Amanda Harlech while the 4-year-old Hudson is Lagerfeld’s godson. Look forward to the film when it first screens at Chanel’s Singapore cruise collection show in May.
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