Karl Lagerfeld moves into movies
Karl Lagerfeld has followed in Federico Fellini's footsteps and moved from fashion into movies.
The world's most famous designer has proved he has what it takes to fill the late, great Italian's shoes, with an artsy short movie that brims with Fellini-esque pathos.
The Tale Of A Fairy, screened at Chanel's 2011-12 Cruise show before a rapt audience of several hundred fashion insiders, is a story of well-heeled debauchery set in a French Riviera mansion, shot mostly in black and white.
The open-air screening elicited a wild round of applause, much of it from the cadre of Chanel models who star in the film and surrounded Lagerfeld during the showing. The house's latest spokesmodel, A-list actress Blake Lively, seated a row ahead of the designer, faintly glowed with approval.
Lagerfeld described the film as a sort of homage to the legions of moneyed women who snap up his designs, without a thought for their astronomical price tags.
"In the movie, they wear dresses from the (Cruise) collection, so it's kind of a narrative around the kind of women who buys these clothes," Lagerfeld said in a post-show interview.
Iconic model Kristen McMenamy and long-time Chanel adviser Lady Amanda Harlech star in the movie, while Freja Beha Erichsen, Chanel's current spokesmodel, plays the fairy of the title.
An accomplished photographer - Lagerfeld has been shooting Chanel's ad campaigns for years - the ponytailed uber-designer only recently took up filmmaking.
In addition to a short spot promoting his collaboration with Italian shoemaker Hogan, he's done a series of ads for Magnum ice cream bars. One of them stars actress Rachel Bilson, playing a model, who interrupts a fashion shoot to gulp down an ice cream.