PARIS — This nugget of news — although hardly scandalous — should set the real-world bloggers atwitter.“Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively, 23, has been tapped as the official ambassador for Chanel’s new Mademoiselle handbag line and will appear in a campaign photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. The ads are slated to break in April magazines.“She’s a kind of American dream girl,” said Lagerfeld, lauding Lively’s spontaneous nature, freshness and what he described as natural star quality. “I think she will become a great actress.”And Lagerfeld noted Lively is very aptly named. “She’s full of life,” the designer said.He said the shoot, at Chanel’s historic Rue Cambon headquarters, went like a dream. “It was an easy job because everyone fell in love with her,” Lagerfeld said.American Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour introduced the actress to Lagerfeld last July during couture week in Paris. The three dined together the night before Chanel’s high-fashion show at the Grand Palais, which featured an eight-ton, 40-foot golden lion as its centerpiece.Lively related that Lagerfeld gave her a preview of the set after dinner. “I took a photo of him so that I would never forget that moment,” she said. “Never did I think six months later he would be photographing me.”Indeed, Lively was at a loss to describe the experience of standing on that famous mirrored staircase upon which Gabrielle Chanel sent her models marching — and being photographed there by Lagerfeld.“How did Cinderella feel when she slipped on the glass slipper? How did Snow White feel when she met her Prince Charming?,” she enthused. “A dream come true is an understatement. I can say that I feel like the happiest, luckiest girl around.”California-born Lively said she grew up admiring Chanel and what it represents to her: “It is timeless, chic, graceful, intelligent, iconic and ever relevant.”Lively has quickly catapulted to fame, and the leggy blonde is a front-row favorite at New York fashion shows.While best known for her Serena van der Woodsen character on the cult CW teen drama, Lively has also attracted acclaim for her portrayal of a hard-edged welfare mom in Ben Affleck’s “The Town.” This summer, she will appear in the hyped superhero drama “Green Lantern,” directed by Martin Campbell.Chanel unveiled the Lagerfeld-designed Mademoiselle bag at its cruise show in Saint-Tropez last May, with the first styles already in stores. The bag retails from about 1,500 to 2,500 euros, or about $2,000 to $3,300 at current exchange, with models in exotic skins topping out at 23,000 euros, or $30,600.The oblong-shaped model comes in five sizes, each with Chanel’s iconic chain handle and quilted surface. A wide range of colors, finishes and materials are available, including jersey cloth, satin, calfskin, lambskin, alligator and shagreen.“Though I am the face of it, I will carry it like every girl,” Lively said of the bag. “I will always feel it’s more than just a purse. It’s a quilted case full of lipstick, love letters and the dreams and possibilities that I have always felt every time I see that beautiful ‘CC.’ ”Lagerfeld and Chanel have enlisted an eclectic cast of pitchwomen for its handbags in recent years, including Lily Allen, who fronted the brand’s puffy Coco Cocoon line in 2009 and was succeeded in that role by Vanessa Paradis, who also appears in advertising for Chanel’s Rouge Coco lipstick.Other famous faces to have appeared in Chanel handbag campaigns include Rinko Kikuchi, Anna Mouglalis and Diane Kruger, whom Lagerfeld photographed Tuesday night for a feature in French Glamour.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)