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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Kristen's interview with People magazine on the Chanel Paris-Dallas campaign
Ever since we heard that Kristen Stewart was a new face of Chanel, we’ve been dying to see how the line’s creative director and head designer Karl Lagerfeld would style her for his ads. After all, the starlet has a very different look than the ethereal blondes Lagerfeld has tapped for previous campaigns (like Keira Knightley, Blake Lively and Diane Kruger). And as you can see in the first-look video from the ad shoot below, her edgy beauty was played up in cornrows, winged liner and some seriously beautiful clothes.
Stewart had a long working relationship with Chanel — she’s been to its fashion shows and worn Chanel to the Met Gala — before Lagerfeld asked her to model this collection (which he shot himself in Paris). And, she tells PEOPLE, he’s not at all as intimidating as someone of his stature in the fashion world might seem.
“Really, his image is in contrast to what it’s really like to be around him. There’s something almost unapproachable and f—ing chic … And then you meet him and he’s actually an incredibly creative and voracious liver,” she says. “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.”
Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collections are produced once a year to show off the craftsmanship of its ateliers. This year’s “romantic Western”-inspired lineup debuted in Dallas, and can be seen on Stewart throughout the video. “It was about finding which pieces from the collection worked on me,” she tells PEOPLE of staging the shoot. “He’s so good at seeing something that’s not cool and making it cool. Like, I would have my leg in one position and he would throw a toothpick in my mouth and tell me to stop leaning on my leg and in two seconds it was like, ‘Oh, there it is.’ It was very cool and easy and artistic. I didn’t feel like I had to push outside of myself. I didn’t have to try to turn into someone else.”
Kristen Stewart can’t understand why people make such a big deal when she swaps stilettos for sneakers after walking the red carpet.
“For some reason it pisses people off when I change after a red carpet. If I think about why people have these expectations of me it makes sense, but I genuinely think that if people thought about it for two seconds they’d be like, ‘Oh my God, why do I care that that girl just put some f—ing sneakers on?’” the actress tells PEOPLE. “Are you seriously mad that I put on some Vans after an hour of being in heels? I’m so sorry to have upset you, you crazy person.”
Though Stewart hasn’t made many appearances since navigating the red carpet at the 2013 Oscars – wearing a single platform heel and a pair of crutches – Shailene Woodley seems to be following in her footsteps. Are the actress’ shoe choices a shared act of sartorial rebellion?
“It’s for logistical reasons — it’s not comfortable to stay that way for long. It’s funny, because it’s not a rebellious thing. I think Shailene’s awesome and I guarantee she’d say the same thing; It’s like I’m not trying to piss anyone off. I’m sorry, it’s just that my feet hurt!” Stewart explains. “I think it’s so ridiculous when that shatters the initial reaction to whatever outfit was put together I didn’t ruin it! I still put the dress on and … I rocked it. But then I wanted to run around and talk to people.”
Though she doesn’t have much in common with the string of Hollywood blondes (including Keira Knightley, Blake Lively and Diane Kruger) who have posed for Chanel ads in the past, Stewart says her new campaign for the label’s Paris-Dallas collection makes perfect sense.
“Not many people would assume I would be the perfect fit for Karl and Chanel…but the cool thing about this line was it was the perfect fit,” she says of the ads, which were shot in Paris by Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld last February. “I didn’t feel I had to push outside myself. I didn’t have to try to turn into someone else.”
This year for my birthday they sent me a signed Patti Smith album. They didn’t even send me anything from Chanel…some [bag or] pair of shoes that they wanted me to go get photographed in,” she remembers. “They’re just cool people. “You’re like, ‘Wait a minute, you guys are the supposed to be the ones that are the snootiest people imaginable but you’re not!’”
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