Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chanel unveils the Gabrielle Chanel fragrance ad campaign starring Kristen

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Kristen Stewart is hardly a newcomer to the Chanel brand. The actress, 27, has been a brand ambassador for the luxe label since 2013, and has starred in campaigns such as its unisex Gabrielle bag spot earlier this year. So when the fashion house, headed by Karl Lagerfeld, set out to release its first stand-alone fragrance in 15 years, the edgy beauty was a natural fit.

Dubbed Gabrielle Chanel in honor of the label's founder, the late Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, the new scent will be available at ($105 for 1.7 ounces) on Saturday, August 19. Ahead of its release, the brand debuted the print ad for the campaign, shot by photographer Karim Sadli, on Wednesday, August 16.

"The new CHANEL fragrance named Gabrielle celebrates the extraordinary personality of its founder and conveys a very modern message inviting all young women today to live freely, by and for themselves," the label stated in a Wednesday, August 16, press release. "Talented actress Kristen Stewart immediately came to mind as the obvious choice to incarnate this courageous, valiant, bold and impassioned femininity."

Later this year, Chanel will be releasing a short film, starring none other than the Twilight saga alum. The video, shot by Ringan Ledwidge as part of the campaign, is meant to evoke the rebellious spirit of Gabrielle Chanel before she found her voice as Coco (and Us Weekly magazine scored an exclusive behind-the-scenes look!).

"The feeling I wanted to express was . . . liberation," explained Ledwidge.

Added Stewart of the label's founder: "She was trying to do things people didn't necessarily view as beautiful, but she said, 'Look at things differently.'"

Check out the BTS images from the film at our previous post here.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fan photos of Kristen in Winnipeg, Canada - 12 August 2017

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Kristen is with the 'JT' director, Justin Kelly (in the 2nd photo) and Savannah Knoop (in the 4th/5th photo). 

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New photo of Kristen for the Chanel Gabrielle handbag campaign

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Kristen covers Gloria Glam Magazine Croatia - August 2017

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Photo shoot was done at Coco Chanel's childhood residence at a convent in Aubazine, France.

Photographer: Karim Sadli

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Kristen's interview with Fashion Magazine for the Gabrielle Chanel fragrance + new photo

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Karl Lagerfeld often layers his collections with prescient commentary on the current state of affairs. At the recent Chanel Haute Couture show in July, he installed a partial replica of the Eiffel Tower in the centre of the Grand Palais. The original structure was built in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. The top of Lagerfeld’s tower, which disappeared into a cloudy mist, hinted at an uncertain and restive future. The clothes were also stylishly sombre and structural, with occasional feathered and sequined embellishments softening their severity. In his review for Business of Fashion, Tim Blanks opined that Lagerfeld was bracing for the end of the post-Macron high. “This lion is in winter,” wrote Blanks. “And a front row of Kristen Stewart, Katy Perry, Cara Delevingne and Tilda Swinton, hair cropped uniformly, militantly close, were like his shock troops for the turmoil to come.”

A few days after the show, I meet with Kristen Stewart to talk about her new role as muse for Gabrielle Chanel, Chanel’s latest fragrance. But first I want to know how she feels about being a member of Lagerfeld’s “shock troop” and if she shares his opinion that we’re on the verge of turmoil. “Oh, yeah,” she says. “I think we’re very much in the midst of it. If you look back through history, the most amazing artistic revolutions are in conjunction with crazy political turmoil. That’s the response to it. I think things go in cycles. I really do believe it will turn around. There are too many people feeling too badly for it not to.” She is less enthused by Blanks’s comments about her frosted-tip pixie cut. “I’m happy that people say things like that about my fucking hair,” she quips.

But hair—especially for women—is a powerful signifier, I suggest; it’s not just a flip comment about style. Stewart, who is clearly a thoughtful young woman, pauses for a moment. The 27-year-old actress then opens up about how she was surprised by her own reaction to her short hair. “I like it, and oddly I feel more feminine,” she explains. “I had it cut for an action movie I’m doing, and I wanted to be careful that it didn’t make me look like I was trying too hard to be a badass. I didn’t want it to harden me, but as soon as I took it off, I felt delicate. I felt very much like a woman because it’s revealing. You can see everything—all of our most feminine qualities—our neck, chest and collarbones. Nothing is hidden.”

Coincidentally, those are also the areas on our body where we wear fragrance. The language used to market new scents can be flowery and poetic, but the press material for Gabrielle reads like a feminist manifesto: “Gabrielle Chanel fragrance invites women to have faith in who they are and what they are capable of achieving to find their own voice.”

We do associate emotions and memories with scent, but I ask Stewart whether a fragrance can also inspire a feminist sentiment. She tells me that she appreciates the narrative behind the fragrance but says it’s not important whether or not it has that power. What she loves about it is that it is “unabashedly feminine,” adding that there’s nothing worse than using masculine references or impressions to evoke feminist sentiments. “There’s nothing aggressive about this perfume,” she says. “It’s quiet, and that’s its strength. It doesn’t try too hard. Men and women are equal, but we’re not the same. Our strengths are different…. It’s nice that the fragrance’s unsubmissive nature is also purely girlie and that I’m not wearing a suit in the campaign.”

Although fragrance—which she describes as an indulgence—is evocative, Stewart concedes that it doesn’t have the same power as fashion over how a woman feels about herself. “I feel like it’s icing,” she says. “It’s the final touch.” Stewart adds that she’s not “incredibly into fashion” but credits Lagerfeld with helping her discover herself through clothes, pictures and the conversations they’ve had. “It’s like an embedded aspect of myself is brought to the surface by somebody who has the key,” she explains. “It’s like being a good director. There are a lot of people in fashion who don’t function this way, but the people I admire are seers. They’re like compulsive weirdos; they’re artists who can’t stop doing what they do. For me, it’s not necessarily about the clothes; it’s about the feeling.”

And that feeling is all about empowerment. “It’s crazy what an article of clothing can do for you,” she laughs, adding that she can show up wearing Chanel to present a movie at Cannes—“theoretically the scariest place in the world”—and feel invincible. “It’s not armour, but when I put something on and it’s absolutely undeniably and distinctly me, I feel great.”

Feeling authentic is something Stewart aspires to—whether that’s reflected in the parts she plays in films or her role with Chanel. It’s instinctual rather than contrived, and it’s about “being true to that feeling in your stomach and having the confidence and lack of fear to follow that and knowing that you’re not perfect.” Today she’s confident and composed, but the Twilight Saga star suffered from anxiety for years—to the point of being physically ill. Stewart says it resolved itself as she got older and learned to relinquish control. Her advice to anyone with similar struggles is to be kind to yourself and not judge yourself harshly. “If you have anxiety, it just means you’re a thinker, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Appreciate that. It’s a good quality to have.”

Stewart may be calm and cool today, but she concedes that if she were to have an encounter with Coco Chanel, it would be “as intimidating as hell!” She smiles when I ask her what questions she might ask Mademoiselle. “The first thing that comes to mind is: ‘Dude, do you know what you did? Are you aware of it? Years and years later, we’re still telling your story; I hope we’re doing a good job.’ I’d be like, ‘Are you proud? Are we doing it right?’” In the press kit for Gabrielle, it opens with this quote from Chanel: “I have chosen the person I wanted to be and am.” I think she would feel that Stewart is living her life with a similar sentiment.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Courtney Love & James Jagger join the cast of ‘JT’

Kelvin Harrison Jr., Courtney Love and James Jagger have signed on to join Justin Kelly-directed biopic JT, about the JT Leroy literary scheme orchestrated by Laura Albert and her sister-in-law Savannah Knoop. Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Diane Kruger also star in the film, which is currently in production in Canada.

Kelly wrote the script based on Knoop’s book Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy. Knoop took on the boy-wonder-author persona of Leroy for six years, amassing a huge cult following from fans and celebrities. His public esteem led to high profile relationships and collaborations with Hollywood A-listers like Love, Gus Van Sant, and Bono.

The documentary Author: The JT Leroy Story from Jeff Feuerzeig bowed at Sundance last year and can be streamed on Amazon video.

Cassian Elwes is financing and producing with Gary Pearl, Dave Hansen of Buffalo Gal, Mark Amin’s Sobini Films, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn and Patrick Walmsley, and Thirty Three Management’s Thor Bradwell. Exec producers are Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros, Sobini’ Cami Winikoff and Tyler Boehm, and Jeff Beesley.

Harrison can currently be seen in A24’s horror thriller It Comes At Night, from Trey Edward Shults, and next in Dee Rees’ Sundance period drama Mudbound, which was picked up by Netflix. He’s repped by WME and Stagecoach Entertainment.

Jagger, who starred in HBO’s short-lived series Vinyl, will appear in The Last Full Measure, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer and Peter Fonda. He’s with Framework Entertainment, ICM and Schreck, Rose, Dapello.

Love’s upcoming projects include ’80s drama The Possibility of Fireflies, and Lifetime original films Menendez: Blood Brothers and A Midsummer’s Nightmare. She’s repped by UTA.


Kristen Covers Harper's Bazaar UK - September Issue 2017

The first cover is for the subscriber issue and the second is the newsstand issue.



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In fashion as in life, Kristen Stewart has always challenged gender norms with her androgynous beauty – which makes her the perfect face of Chanel's new fragrance, Gabrielle, inspired by the legendary founder of the couture house. But she is also very much her own woman, as independent-spirited when it comes to fame and
feminism as she has been in facing down Donald Trump.

Read highlights from the interview below:

On being in love:

"I've been deeply in love with everyone I've dated. Did you think I was faking it 'I've always really embraced a duality. And really, truly, believed in it and never felt confused or struggling. I just didn't like getting made fun of."

On dating men again:

"Yeah, totally. Definitely… Some people aren't like that. Some people know that they like grilled cheese and they'll eat it every day for the rest of their lives. I want to try everything. If I have grilled cheese once I'm like, 'That was cool, what's next?'"

On fame:

"Fame is valued quite ridiculously. So then there's this idea that you're beholden in some way, and I resent that. And it comes across like I'm ungrateful or something but, actually, I just find it weird to talk to the general public as a whole. Like, you can relate to a person, you can relate to an individual, but addressing the world at large is something that just perplexes me."

On whether she suffers from 'Resting Bitch Face':

"Completely. I'm really not introverted - I'm just not acting all the time, which is what it would take to look like how people expect famous people to behave."

"Men cannot say bitch anymore, I'm sorry. Say something different. Say, 'You're rude,' say, 'You're a dick,' whatever. Just to say, 'Oh that bitch.' You can't say that because there's nothing I could say to you, there's no retort that would be equal to that, therefore it's demeaning and literally on par with... something homophobic or something racist."

On life as a woman in the United States, post Trump:

"It's obviously terrible what's happening but at the same time, it feels good to be part of a wider female community that is finally standing up for itself. I've never felt such a strong sense of community. So it's brought us together. The catalyst for this is regrettable, obviously, it's shitty. But at the same time I think that you need something to stir things up in order to get people to come together and define their opinions and force them to be heard."

On her tomboy style:

She used to dress as "a total tomboy" and it was only at school that she realised it was "not the most normal thing. Not all little girls are that way. And it actually really hurt my feelings, like badly. Like, I remember being in the sixth grade [aged 11] and [people would say] 'Kristen looks like a man. You're a boy', or whatever, and I was so offended, horrified and embarrassed. Now I look back on it and I'm like, 'Girl, be proud of that!'"

Everything shifted when Stewart hit puberty and grew her hair long. Suddenly she was accepted as one of the pretty girls "and I was like, 'Fuck all of you!'"

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wears Chanel. Photographed by Tom Craig inside Coco Chanel's apartment in Paris.

Styled by Leith Clark. Make-up by Christophe Danchaud. Hair by Ken O'Rourke.
Manicure by Charlene Coquard.

You can order it online here (UK retailer that ships worldwide) or purchase it digitally.

Kristen's Harper's Bazaar UK editorial is also covered in Australia's Harper's Bazaar September issue.

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