INDEPENDENCE DAY: Celebrities congregated backstage before the Louis Vuitton show in Paris on Wednesday morning. The group included Elizabeth Olsen, Lily Collins, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, Léa Seydoux and Fan Bingbing.
Jefferson Hack and Jamie Hince took turns watching Lila Grace, Hack’s daughter with Kate Moss, while the model was getting prepped to walk in the show, held in a massive tent in a courtyard of the Louvre museum.
Olsen, the indie actress and younger sister of designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, is about to take on a role later this year in “Godzilla,” directed by Gareth Edwards, opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
“It doesn’t seem that out of place, because the director himself is from the independent world and he’s very character-driven, and it’s not about all the bells and whistles, even though that’s part of it,” she said.
Before that, Olsen will appear in “Oldboy,” Spike Lee’s adaptation of the revenge drama by South Korean director Park Chan-wook, famous for the scene in which the main character eats a live octopus — though she would not reveal if that stays in the remake.
“We’re trying not to give away what we reference and what we keep from the movie and what we turn into our own,” she said. “It’s a reinvention, not a straight-up remake.”
Collins is also navigating between independent films and more commercial fare. This summer will see the release of “Stuck in Love,” costarring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly, and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” in which she has the lead role.
“[It’s] based on a series on books, kind of like ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Twilight,’ so hopefully becoming like a new franchise,” said Collins, who as a result of intensive training boasted flexed thighs under her cute lampshade skirt. “I love dressing up girly and then I love kicking butt, you know?”
In May, the daughter of Phil Collins will head back to her native England to film British comedy “Love, Rosie.” She is already looking forward to digging out her favorite British-isms. “Loo — I think that’s the funniest word,” she said with a laugh.
Italian director Luca Guadagnino is nurturing his close ties with the fashion industry. Having worked with Raf Simons and Silvia Fendi on some of the outfits for his previous film, “I Am Love,” he has enlisted Simons as costume designer on his new production, “Body Art,” based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo.
“He’s not only a wonderful designer, but he’s an artist who is very driven by art itself, as we saw with his last collection [for Dior]. For me, it was an organic marriage,” he said.
Guadagnino, who presided over the second edition of the Louis Vuitton Journeys Awards, held last November, has founded Frenesy Film Co., a unit specialized in fashion-themed short films. “I think that’s a very new art and it’s like in its infancy. There is huge, wonderful, room for it to grow,” he predicted.