Update: Chanel has released the first trailer for Once and Forever, the highly anticipated fictional biopic on Coco Chanel starring Kristen Stewart. It doesn't reveal much, but what we do see is this: Stewart displaying some serious diva antics as the modern day actress tasked with playing the lead, and a glimpse of the beautiful heritage Chanel gowns and jewellery that the film will no doubt be full of. See for yourself below.
A few months back, news broke that Karl Lagerfeld had plans to direct a short film starring one of his many muses, Kristen Stewart as Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, or rather, as a temperamental actress playing Coco in a fictional biopic.
According to WWD, Once and Forever, which will premiere at the Chanel Métiers d'Art show next month, will allegedly see Stewart go full diva, "tender one minute, exploding with anger and expletives the next." Wearing a beautiful ruffle-neck blouse and wool suit, a gorgeous broderie anglaise dress and a sparkling vintage column dress from 1919, scenes revealed so far talk of Stewart sulking in her dressing room, spitting abuse at her crew and being pandered to in the makeup chair. We reportedly even get a peek at her vocal talents when she takes on Chanel's past as an aspiring stage performer to sing "Qui qu'a vu Coco", the tune that earned Chanel her nickname. The 11-minute film also stars Geraldine Chaplin, who will play the actress in her twilight years for the final scenes.
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Of the character, Lagerfeld told WWD that she was created with only Stewart in mind. "She's so good," mused the designer. "I think she's one of the greatest actors of her generation. She gives the right emotion and the right intensity immediately so it's very easy to work her...
This project is Lagerfeld's 20th short film for the French house, all of which have played homage to Mademoiselle Chanel's life in some way. And though many have attempted to take on the founding designer in feature length, Lagerfeld says none compare to his mini chapters. "They're all horrible," he reportedly sniped. "All my moves about Chanel are better than the biopics, just like the Saint Laurent movies. I could make a better one because I knew it." He also added that Stewart is a better Coco Chanel than any of the actresses that have taken on the role in the past (which includes Chanel favourite Audrey Tautou). As for Stewart's take on the designer-director, she said he was "supremely natural," and that "his interest in cinema is clear and working with him in that was inspiring."