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Keira Knightly And Karl Lagerfeld’s New Film

Is there anything Karl Lagerfeld won’t do? The fashion industry’s most infamous man is putting the finishing touches on his new upcoming short film “Once Upon a Time…” a period piece on the life of Coco Chanel.

This is not the first time the first lady of Chanel has been portrayed on screen. Many leading ladies have gotten the opportunity and honor to play Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, but Keira Knightley, longtime spokesperson for the brand, is the first lucky lady to be directed by the current creative director of the French fashion house, Karl Lagerfeld.

The film shows Chanel, aristocrat Lady de Grey (Stella Tennant) and Vita Sackville-West (Saskia de Brauw) in 1913 Deauville at the first Chanel boutique, which was re-created perfectly for the film.

The film is sure to draw plenty of interest and will absolutely be viewed by the masses, especially with the news of Lagerfeld’s direction. Apparently, the eclectic designer also takes a unique approach to direction.

Lagerfeld reportedly gave Knightley and the rest of the cast their lines moments before shooting began, and encouraged them to improvise. Surprised? I certainly am. This especially came as a shock to Knightley, who has said that she thought it was a silent film shoot prior to arriving on set.

In addition to the dialogue issues, Lagerfeld’s film may not exactly be as historically accurate as die-hard Chanel historians may have hoped. The film may or may not include some harmless factual inaccuracies, or as Lagerfeld calls them, “invented reality”.

The film is set to debut on May 8th at Chanel’s Cruise collection event in Singapore, with the masses able to view the film on chanel-news.com later that day.

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