Karl Lagerfeld’s “Once and Forever” A Short Film Starring Kristen Stewart

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Once and Forever, the short film by Karl Lagerfeld, premiered during Chanel’s pre-fall collection in Rome on December 1st.  The film, which stars the tremendously talented Kristen Stewart, is more about what it is not than what it is.  Kristen Stewart, the film’s star, doesn’t actually play the part of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.  She plays an actress who is portraying Coco in a biopic.  Also appearing in the film is Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin, who plays on older version of Coco Chanel.

“The final image of Chanel is not her youth, her lovers, her beauty—it’s the old lady,” Lagerfeld told Harper’s Bazaar.  “People who know the history of fashion know, but the public doesn’t see the woman, who she really was. That’s the story of the movie.”

A Chanel brand ambassador since 2013, Kristen Stewart will also star as the face of Chanel’s 2015-16 campaign.  However, in Once and Forever, the actress channels the late designer’s look in a number of period costumes.  Wearing her brunette hair in a straw hat while wearing glamorous gowns, she captured the essence that was Coco Channel.

In a recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Lagerfeld called Kristen Stewart “one of the greatest actors of her generation.”  In an interview with Vogue, Kristen Stewart described the vintage Chanel couture pieces she got to wear in the film as “jaw-dropping.” She also talked about how it was like working with Lagerfeld on set. “Karl is supremely natural and thoughtful, which rubs off on an actor, always…that confidence,” she said. “His interest in cinema is clear and working with him in that way was inspiring.”

Monotone Gray Jacket & Skirt With a Cream Cashmere Sweater & Silver Embellishments

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Gray Jacket & Skirt
(Photo © 2015 Ian Anderson)

Some may say that monotone outfits are boring.  Obviously, they are not pulling together the right pieces to make the outfit interesting.  This gray and white outfit contains plenty of visual interest.  Of course, the primary pieces are gray: the jacket and the skirt.  However, by adding a cashmere sweater with silver embellishment near the neckline, the eye is drawn upward   Another beautifully interesting detail is the ruching on the jacket.  It begins three quarters down each side of the jacket and continues around the neck.  The ruching comes in the form of long pleats that gives the jacket plenty of character.  The outfit is finished with a wide black belt.

This is one of my favorite fall/winter outfits because it is not too heavy to wear.  I live in North Florida where it does not get too cold so wearing a lightly warm sweater and jacket is ideal.  Where would I wear this?  I would wear it to professional lunch meetings, after work drinks with colleagues, and professional or civic meetings.  The possibilities are endless as the outfit is appropriate for almost occasion.

Don’t let the monochrome scare you!  I have put enough visual interest into this outfit to break up the monotone and create an truly special outfit.  Try it for yourself!  There are so many choices that you can use to make an outfit like this work: another color or two; more embellishments; a scarf; jewelry; colored tights; and brightly colored shoes that complement the outfit.  The choices are almost endless.

Explore. Use various trends.  Try new things.  But above all, see what works for you!  You may find that you love dressing in monochrome colors and then adding and subtracting various accoutrements from the outfit.  Make it fun!  After all, fashion was meant for exploration of one’s own proclivities and penchants for style.