Karl’s Fairy Tale

The Tale of a Fairy
2011-12 Chanel Cruise collection

Directed by Karl Lagerfeld

Coinciding with the launch of Chanel’s 2011-12 Cruise collection, Karl Lagerfeld has unveiled his short film, The Tale of a Fairy, which he wrote and directed.

The 25-minute short—actually rather long by fashion film standards—was screened before an outdoor catwalk presentation of the collection at the Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera. It also flits between colour and black-and-white, or the real world and the imagined, in a reverse nod to The Wizard of Oz.

The film is a heady and hedonistic affair, featuring a slew of Lagerfeld’s favourite models including Kristen McMenamy (below), Baptiste Giabiconi, Brad Kroenig and longtime muse Lady Amanda Harlech, with Freja Beha Erichsen as the (mostly topless) fairy of the title.

The smokey-voiced Anna Mouglalis—who played Coco herself in the film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky—is the only bona fide actress in the film, and does show up the others somewhat, but it’s still a riveting romp in a fairytale world of luxury and entitlement.

Lagerfeld says: “It is a movie about an ill-advised use of money which begins with violence and ends with feeling.”

Of course, the other stars of the show are the clothes themselves, all from the Cruise collection. Mr Lagerfeld says the collection contains “a certain  discipline in the clothes with a glamour inherited from the 1950s, a  glamour that is more natural, more interior, miles away from the current red  carpet  trends.’’

And who needs the red carpet when you can have houses and parties like these? Enjoy…

Behind-the-scenes images courtesy of Chanel.

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