PET CAUSE: Move over, Choupette. There’s a new celebrity pet in town.
Cara Delevingne caused a stir at the Chanel couture show in Paris on Tuesday by showing up with her dog, Leo. The start of the show was held up by a few minutes as handlers took the excitable puppy backstage (the sight of the set, featuring a lawn made of real grass, was apparently too tempting).
No word so far on how Leo gets on with Chanel supremo Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette. Also at the show were Diane Kruger, Gwyneth Paltrow, Monica Bellucci, G-Dragon, Inès de la Fressange and Clémence Poésy.
Kruger will be seen later this year in “The Infiltrator,” a crime drama based on the real story of the federal agent who busted drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering operation. The movie is set in the Eighties, which meant the actress — who plays a cop — had to sport a winged haircut and some dubious outfits.
“I want to say they’re gorgeous, but they’re pretty hideous,” Kruger said. Nothing to do with Michelle Pfeiffer’s iconic look in “Scarface” then? “There’s a little bit of that, because we go undercover, so I dress up. There’s some glamorous gowns, but my wedding dress is not what I would choose to get married in,” she said.
Kruger has a full slate for 2016. She will star opposite Ellen Page in a movie based on the real story of Sylvia Beach, the founder of legendary Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Company, and her lifelong partner Adrienne Monnier. After that, Kruger will play Catherine Deneuve’s daughter in a French-language movie.
Meanwhile, G-Dragon is branching out as a businessman. The Korean pop star and his Big Bang bandmate Taeyang have reportedly invested more than $2 million in two subsidiaries of their management company, YG Entertainment: YG Plus and Code Cosme International, also known as Moonshot Cosmetics.
So does he see himself becoming a designer? “If I’m going to be the designer, I just want to make a new culture, kind of like young generation,” he said in English, before going on to expound in Korean, relayed by a translator.
“In the past, I saw music and fashion and art as a little bit separate. Nowadays, you see a lot of musicians coming together with artists, or fashion coming together with artists. They’re all three coming together. So moving forward, I see that happening a lot more and for me personally, I really enjoy bringing those three together and experiencing new things this way,” he said.
Bellucci also has a busy year ahead. She is set to hit the small screen stateside soon, appearing in an American TV series, although she was keeping mum on the details.
“It’s a first for me,” the “Spectre” star admitted.
Also on the cards is wrapping up Emir Kusturica’s “On the Milky Road,” due out this May.
“Shooting with him has [taken] three years,” she said of working on the movie, a love story set during war in which Kusturica also stars, marking the first time he has acted in one of his own movies. “I have to be ready for everything with him, because he’s like a painter when he works.”
Mélanie Laurent described her upcoming movie, the third she will direct, as more “ambitious” than her previous work. Starring Gilles Lelouche and Maria Valverde, the film will be shot in Oman, France and Spain starting in late March.
“The subject is too complicated to sum up, but I can tell you it will be filmed under water,” she said.
Sitting demurely next to Paltrow, British actress Ellie Bamber is a rising talent. The redhead has just wrapped Tom Ford’s latest feature, “Nocturnal Animals,” in which she plays the daughter of Jake Gyllenhaal and Isla Fisher.
Bamber also had a lot of fun filming “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” out next month, in which the classic novel is given a supernatural spin.
“It’s like a regeneration of the text and makes it new for a younger audience,” said Bamber, who studied Jane Austen’s famous novel at school and plays the character of Lydia Bennett. “A new generation is going to enjoy it, and hopefully they will go back and read the original book.”
French actress and singer Alma Jodorowsky, who stars in “Kids in Love” alongside Delevingne, had music on her mind, namely the impending album of her pop duo Burning Peacocks.
“I just finished recording my album yesterday. Now I have to do the mixing and all that,” she said.
The disc, due out later this year, is a collaboration with Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air.
“It was great to have a third element participating in the creative process. They added color,” she said.