Gabrielle Coco Chanel adjusts her designs on a model

Karl Lagerfeld set to retell the story of Coco Chanel's comeback collection


Karl Lagerfeld has released new details of his upcoming Chanel film, set to debut in December.

Retelling the story of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s return to the fashion scene in the Fifties, the 30-minute production will take focus around the designer’s infamous Rus Cambon studios.

Set on the mirrored staircase we all know and love, the ‘big budget’ film we depict the scene when Coco debuted her comeback collection to the fashion pack in 1954.

'The French press were beyond horrible to her,’ Lagerfeld explained on set. With British-American actress, Geraldine Chaplin, portraying the role of Coco.

‘She can play everything, form violent to sweet,’ said Lagerfeld. While British actor, Rupert Everett, also mused on his captivating co-star spine-tingling abilities.

The German designer has also drafted in some of his finest seamstresses to play scenes with Chaplin. Actors don’t know how to do that. Everyone in the movie connected to dressmaking is really in the dressmaking business.’

Adding: ‘It’s funny to see all the people I work with made up in the Fifties.

Titled The Return, the film was shot over three days in mid-July at a studio in northern Paris.

Karl is returning to Texas to debut the production, something he appears enthusiastic about, premiering it ahead of his Paris-Dallas Métiers d’Art collection on December 10.

‘It’s America who rediscovered her, so this is a thank you,’ he said on set. Adding: ‘Lynn Wyatt is my favorite Texan. For me, she is THE American girl.”

Meanwhile the designer has fashion fans crossing their fingers for a full feature film, as Karl says he hasn’t ruled it out.

By Jessica Bridgeman

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