Lily-Rose Depp: ‘Karl Lagerfeld made my dreams come true’

Lily-Rose Depp has praised the late Karl Lagerfeld for making her modelling dreams come true.The creative director of Chanel passed away in February due to complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 85, leaving the world of fashion in mourning. …

Lily-Rose Depp has praised the late Karl Lagerfeld for making her modelling dreams come true.

The creative director of Chanel passed away in February due to complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 85, leaving the world of fashion in mourning.

But now, Lily-Rose – who is the daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp – has opened up about her relationship with the godfather of fashion in a new interview with Vogue.com, and recalled meeting Lagerfeld when she was a child.

“I was eight years old and with my mother. She was doing a fitting and brought me up to the atelier. I remember him being surrounded by fabrics and drawings,” the 20-year-old shared. “When we lost Karl this year, I was very sad. When I was little, I dreamed of doing what I do now, and he made my dreams come true. The time I was able to spend with him, on and off set, are memories I’ll always hold dearly.”

The model and actress, who can be seen in the new historical drama The King alongside boyfriend Timothee Chalamet, is working closely with Virginie Viard, Lagerfeld’s successor at Chanel.

“I love Virginie. I’ve known her since I started at Chanel. She’s so talented and I don’t think anyone is better suited to keeping his memory alive,” Lily-Rose gushed. “In every Chanel show, I feel like there are pieces of Karl. We still see his influence, his genius at work.”

And the rising star is still proud to be involved with the French fashion house.

“I’ve known the whole team since I was little and to be able to work with them now is a huge point of pride for me. The work is great, but the people behind it make it really special – like Karl,” she explained.

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Naomi Campbell & Claudia Schiffer tapped to star in Chanel’s J12 watch campaign

Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer are among the stars to appear in the campaign for Chanel’s new J12 watch.Executives for the French luxury label unveiled the design on Monday (29Apr19), with the elegant timepiece available with either a white or bla…

Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer are among the stars to appear in the campaign for Chanel’s new J12 watch.

Executives for the French luxury label unveiled the design on Monday (29Apr19), with the elegant timepiece available with either a white or black ceramic strap.

The accompanying marketing imagery has the catchphrase, “It’s all about seconds,” and in one grey-toned clip from the photoshoot helmed by Brigitte Lacombe, Campbell is seen posing with the watch.

“What time is it? It’s now five o’clock. I’m not one of those people that wants time to stop. My favourite time of the day is sunset, the golden hour. Everything’s that beautiful, golden light. Everyone looks so beautiful in that light – no one can look bad,” the British supermodel states in the video, according to WWD.

While in her video, German beauty Schiffer reflects on how she was spotted by a model scout in a nightclub in Dusseldorf in 1987 when she was just 17, and how her fashion career took off from there.

“A watch is to tell the time, but it’s also an expression of what you like – a fashion expression, so who you are. I time all my meetings because I don’t like to be late. Because I’m German,” she smiled.

The campaign also features appearances from a diverse range of women, including Chanel brand ambassadors like Keira Knightley, Vanessa Paradis and her 19-year-old daughter Lily-Rose Depp, as well as French actresses Carole Bouquet and Anna Mouglalis, Hollywood icon Ali MacGraw, and Chinese star Liu Wen. The only man to be cast is Hong Kong-based singer/actor William Chan.

Regarding the concept, Chanel’s Thomas du Pre de Saint-Maur explained that the objective of the campaign was to explore each person’s “extremely different” experiences with time.

“This is what we wanted to tell, through the portraits of a certain number of women, we can explain that time is something extremely personal while at the same time, we are all more or less linked by this subjective experience with time,” he told the fashion publication.

Chanel’s J12 watch is priced from $6,050 (£4,675).

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Lily-Rose Depp loves experimenting with wigs

Lily-Rose Depp prefers to experiment with wigs rather than dye her hair.The actress and model, who is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, has grown up surrounded by fashion royalty, so it’s no surprise that she likes to have fun with her…

Lily-Rose Depp prefers to experiment with wigs rather than dye her hair.

The actress and model, who is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, has grown up surrounded by fashion royalty, so it’s no surprise that she likes to have fun with her look.

As a result, Lily has discovered the value of wigs, which allow her to try out a plethora of new looks without committing.

“I don’t colour my hair but I love wearing wigs, just for fun,” she smiled in an interview with British Vogue. “I haven’t worn one to an event or anything yet but me and my friends love putting them on and doing photoshoots and stuff like that. Luckily I have some friends who are fantastic photographers so the pictures are pretty good and fun memories to have.”

When it comes to her own “really thin” hair, she avoids using too many products and will sometimes sleep with coconut oil in to keep it nourished.

And Lily-Rose has also been able to learn from the best in the beauty industry through her role as the face of Chanel’s No.5 L’Eau fragrance.

Her mother starred in a campaign for its Coco scent in 1991, so the 19-year-old has always shared a special relationship with the French fashion house.

“My first memories of Chanel are really actually quite family-orientated. Digging around in my mum’s closet,” she reflected. “You know, Chanel is really the first thing that comes to mind when I think of fashion because I would try on all of her dresses and shoes – even though I was in diapers at the time! There’s actually a picture of me in a diaper wearing Chanel pumps.”

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Chanel serves up seaside glamour for spring 19

Chanel has taken fashion fans to the beach for its spring/summer 2019 collection.Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’ Grand Palais into a sandy beach landscape as part of a social media campaign called #CHANELByTheSea during Fashion Week in the French cap…

Chanel has taken fashion fans to the beach for its spring/summer 2019 collection.

Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’ Grand Palais into a sandy beach landscape as part of a social media campaign called #CHANELByTheSea during Fashion Week in the French capital on Tuesday morning (02Oct18).

Guests including Pamela Anderson, Vanessa Paradis and Pharrell Williams were treated to a seaside scene complete with blue skies, soft sand and real waves, as the luxury house unveiled an array of glamorous, but wearable, outfits for the new season.

Models ditched their shoes to walk on the sandy catwalk, with many instead carrying pairs of block-heeled strappy sandals.

The show opened with chic two-piece suits in black, white and beige, embellished with delicate beading and intricate piping along the seams.

These were followed by feminine jackets layered over simple black trousers, before Kaia Gerber emerged wearing a crisp cropped white shirt, chained belt and statement earrings – all featuring the Chanel lettering.

Lagerfeld also played with accessories ranging from woven baseball caps and boho straw hats, to quilted clutches, furry handbags and woven totes.

And while the collection was heavy on pastel colours and cool embroidered patterns, the fashion mogul injected some fun in the form of a graphic print plastered onto a bikini, floaty dresses and a corset-style sheer collared shirt.

Vibrant shades of yellow added youth to the selection, as did loose-fitting denim jeans, while British model Adwoa Aboah looked casual in a suede indigo jacket and black capri pants.

As the presentation neared its end, Chanel dished up a number of elegant black evening dresses given volume with carefully places ruffles, sequin detailing and multiple layers of fabric.

Paris Fashion Week concludes on Tuesday with shows from Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton.

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French environmentalists criticise Chanel’s forest show

Chanel’s enchanted forest catwalk show has been criticised by angry French environmentalists.The luxury label held its fall/winter 2018 runway show on Tuesday (06Mar18) morning at the Grand Palais in Paris, with the venue decorated with a number of oak…

Chanel’s enchanted forest catwalk show has been criticised by angry French environmentalists.

The luxury label held its fall/winter 2018 runway show on Tuesday (06Mar18) morning at the Grand Palais in Paris, with the venue decorated with a number of oak and poplar trees that were reportedly cut down and transported especially for the spectacle.

However, campaigners have now claimed that the outdoor setting chosen by creative director Karl Lagerfeld was “completely divorced from the reality of protecting nature”.

“Chanel has missed the point once again,” officials at The France Nature Environment (FNE) organisation said in a statement. “The celebrated fashion house chose to present a ‘natural’ decor with real trees for its haute couture event. The result: trees, some of them a hundred years old, were chopped down for a few hours of the show.”

Campaigners went on to suggest it would have been “better, indeed innovatory” if the renowned brand had instead chosen to debut their collection in a real forest, rather than in an imitation at the expense of the country’s nature.

However, Chanel executives have hit back at the accusations claiming that all the trees, which were brought to Paris from a forest in western France, were authorised to be cut down, and were all over a century old. They have pledged to replant “an area of 100 new oaks in the heart of the forest.”

The runway show drew in a number of high-profile guests, such as U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Vanessa Paradis, Lara Stone, Keira Knightley, Carla Bruni and Lily Allen. All sat perched on wooden benches set against a backdrop of trees and scattered leaves, some of which were painted with Chanel’s logo.

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Keira Knightley impressed by Chanel’s Forest show at the Grand Palais

Keira Knightley was left raving after attending Chanel’s latest fashion show in Paris, where stylists turned the Grand Palais into an indoor forest on Tuesday (06Mar18). The actress joined Vanessa Paradis, Kristine Froseth, and Golshifteh Farahani at …

Keira Knightley was left raving after attending Chanel’s latest fashion show in Paris, where stylists turned the Grand Palais into an indoor forest on Tuesday (06Mar18).

The actress joined Vanessa Paradis, Kristine Froseth, and Golshifteh Farahani at the fashion house’s big show and marvelled at the way the experts had brought the outside in, allowing style fans to wander among the trees, transplanted for the event.

“Apparently they’re giving the trees back, they’re only borrowed, although I secretly wanted one for my garden,” Keira said.

“I stepped inside and I felt like I was in the English countryside, with the smell of the leaves.”

Paradis was also a big fan and told WWD.com the runway ‘scene’ reminded her of the seasons back home in Europe and “the way the light changes”. French star Paradis, who is the mother of Johnny Depp’s kids, lives in Los Angeles.

Veteran ‘It’ girl Mariel Hemingway’s model and artist daughter Langley Fox was another attendee impressed with the natural look of the fashion show, stating, “Being in the forest is my favourite thing. I grew up in Idaho so it’s my type of paradise. They somehow got it to feel like a forest, smell like a forest… It’s beautiful.”

Vicky Krieps, who starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread, was glad the Chanel show was her first fashion runway event, telling the outlet, “I’m just blown away by the amount of work that goes into each outfit.”

Cindy Crawford’s lookalike daughter Kaia Gerber was among the models strutting their stuff at the Chanel runway event at Paris Fashion Week.

The 16-year-old model has become a regular at fashion shows in recent months, appearing on the catwalk for Valentino, Sacai, Chloe, and Miu Miu, among others.

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Margot Robbie named as Chanel’s new ambassador 

Margot Robbie has been named as Chanel’s latest brand ambassador. The Australian actress attended the Academy Awards on Sunday night (04Mar18), where she was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in movi…

Margot Robbie has been named as Chanel’s latest brand ambassador. 

The Australian actress attended the Academy Awards on Sunday night (04Mar18), where she was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in movie I, Tonya.

Though she lost out in the category to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star Frances McDormand, Margot still had plenty to celebrate, as a Chanel representative confirmed that she would be the French luxury label’s new house ambassador just prior to the event.

Accordingly, the 27-year-old sported a custom white Chanel gown with off-the-shoulder neckline designed by creative director Karl Lagerfeld, which was matched with a Chanel bag and jewellery, as well as Roger Vivier shoes.

“I can’t believe I’m wearing a haute couture dress made for me by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel,” she told reporters on the red carpet. “It’s a fantasy. I feel like myself but still as glamorous as I’ve ever dreamed I would at the Oscars.”

Margot’s look was put together by stylist Kate Young, who also works with celebrities such as Dakota Johnson and Selena Gomez. A lot of effort went into the creation of the gown, including the 3D camellia appliques on the neckline, with the embroidery taking over 550 hours of work and the assembling requiring an additional 130 hours.

“I like it because it’s futurist,” Kate told InStyle of the delicate embroidery and beading. “Embroidery can sometimes feel ‘old lady’ to me and I wanted it to be embroidered, but feel cool… I didn’t want her to look trussed up and bedazzled. I wanted her to look real and elegant.”

Margot follows in the footsteps of Vanessa Paradis and Kristen Stewart in being tapped as a Chanel brand ambassador.

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Diane Kruger and Vanessa Paradis lead Cesar Awards’ #NowWeAct ribbon campaign

Actresses Diane Kruger and Vanessa Paradis are among a host of European stars who have thrown their support behind a new women’s rights initiative launching at the 2018 Cesar Awards. Guests attending France’s version of the Oscars in Paris on Friday (…

Actresses Diane Kruger and Vanessa Paradis are among a host of European stars who have thrown their support behind a new women’s rights initiative launching at the 2018 Cesar Awards.

Guests attending France’s version of the Oscars in Paris on Friday (02Mar18) have been invited to wear white ribbons as part of the #NowWeAct campaign to combat violence against women.

The initiative, which comes on the heels of the #MeToo and Time’s Up anti-sexual misconduct movements in Hollywood, is the brainchild of officials at the French Academy and activists at the Foundation for Women non-profit to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence efforts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The news was announced on Wednesday (28Feb18), when French Academy bosses cited the downfall of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein last year (17) as the catalyst for the #NowWeAct campaign, which serves as the “denunciation of machismo and violence against women”, adding, “Actresses today are demanding action.”

“Many actors and actresses, producers and directors want to start a constructive, positive and concrete initiative in France to support women victims of violence,” Academy executives share in a statement.

The ribbons will be offered to Cesar Awards attendees as a “simple and silent way to express solidarity” in the fight for equality, just like the red carpet fashion black outs at the Golden Globes in January (18) and the BAFTAs in London earlier this month (Feb18).

An open letter of support, signed by the likes of Kruger and Johnny Depp’s ex Paradis, in addition to fellow actresses Clemence Poesy, Julie Gayet, Adele Haenel, Tonie Marshall, Celine Salette, and Soko, has also been published in French newspaper Liberation, praising the stars who have gone public with their experiences of sexual misconduct for “piercing the wall of silence” after Weinstein was outed as an alleged sexual predator in exposes in the New York Times and the New Yorker in October (17).

“They paved the way,” the note reads. “Millions of women around the world have echoed them… We are convinced that tomorrow should not look like yesterday.”

It concludes, “Now we act. Together, let’s support those who work concretely so that no one ever has to say #MeToo again.”

Filmmakers including Rebecca Zlotowski, Houda Benyamina, Celine Sciamma, Julia Ducournau, and Michel Hazanavicius have also pledged their backing to the campaign, while Rose McGowan, who was one of the first to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, features on the Foundation for Women’s website alongside the #NowWeAct initiative’s hashtag, which in French reads: “#MaintenantOnAgit”.

The campaign emerges weeks after 100 French women, including Oscar nominee Catherine Deneuve, signed a controversial open letter denouncing the #MeToo movement, which was published in newspaper Le Monde in January (18).

“Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or back-handedly, is not,” the post read. “Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss.”

Catherine defended her position by clarifying that she is opposed to the “lynching” of men, but later issued an apology to the victims of sexual misconduct.

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