Set to debut as part of Chanel's Métiers d'art collection at Rome's Cinecittà studios, Karl Lagerfeld's short Once and Forever has debuted a trailer; featuring both Kristen Stewart and Geraldine Chaplin in the role of legendary designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.
Lagerfeld's history with Hollywood muses is one both expansive and richly populated. Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin and Oona O'Neill, has already featured in the role of Chanel in four of his previous shorts. The part was also notably played by Keira Knightley in 2011's Once Upon a Time..., taking place in the designer's fledgling years as a hat designer. Stewart herself has now been chosen as the face of the 2015-16 Paris-Rome Métiers d'art collection, with additional photographs set for release in May 2016.
Stewart's an odd choice for a young Chanel, considering her acting seems so defined by its own modernity and Chanel's legacy is one tied to ideas of timeless elegance. Unfortunately, there's little to judge from the trailer offered; the only significant grasp of dialogue seeing Stewart exhibiting her usual 21st century frustrations as she shouts at her producer. "What movie? We have not made a movie. How about we make a movie before we sell a movie?"