Kristen Stewart Is Karl Lagerfeld’s Cowgirl For Chanel: “He’s Much More Than Glasses & Hair!”
Yeee-haw! Kristen Stewart is one sharp and sexy shooter as the new face of Chanel. Hand-chosen by the one and only Karl Lagerfeld back in December 2013, the 24-year-old actress models Chanel’s Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas collection in the French fashion house’s latest campaign.
“Typically I wouldn’t see myself as being the quintessential face of Chanel with the pearls and the classics but I liked stepping into that role and this suits me a little bit more than past collections because it is very American,” Stewart explained in an official press statement. “I can’t use the word bad-ass but there is something about it that is fun…fierce.”
In the behind-the-scenes video below, Stewart looks flawless and fearless in the “romantic Western”-inspired collection. Her ease in front of the camera can likely be credited to Lagerfeld, who shot the campaign himself.
“Really, his image is in contrast to what it’s really like to be around him” she told People of working with the fashion icon. “There’s something almost unapproachable and f—ing chic… And then you meet him and he’s actually an incredibly creative and voracious liver. His personal library in Paris that we shot the campaign in, you look around and the staff is like, ‘Now can you believe, he’s actually read all of these books?’ And you’re like, ‘I kind of actually can.’ He’s an impressive guy. He definitely is so much more than the glasses and the hair than you might think he is.”
Kristen, who is currently also the face of Balenciaga fragrances, says she been a fan of Chanel all her life so the decision to work with the brand was a no-brainer.
“I’ve had a budding relationship with Chanel and Karl since I was quite young,” she told Grazia. “The first time I wore Chanel was in 2007 at the Into the Wild premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival , then at my first MET ball experience, The Baftas, the Vanity Fair shoot where I posed with Karl for Mario Testino. It always felt like a privilege to wear Chanel and to be around Karl who is an artist that, for me, constantly inspires. He manages to never stop moving forward while remaining completely quintessential. Being accepted into the family that is Chanel is very full circle for me.”
Go behind-the-scenes of Stewart’s first shoot with Lagerfeld below. Following in the footsteps of previous Chanel celebrity spokesmodels like Alice Dellal, Lily Allen, and Cara Delevingne, do you think Kristen pulls off this Chanel Western?