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Karl Lagerfeld is back in the director’s chair for his latest film, The Return, about famed designer Coco Chanel. The 30-minute short, which will be presented ahead of the Paris-Dallas Metiers d’Art collection, is set to debut Dec. 10 in the Lone Star State.
The film recounts the tale of how the designer, played by Charlie Chaplin‘s daughter Geraldine Chaplin, struggled to impress critics with the unveiling of her 1954 comeback collection until she found success with the Dallas-based Neiman Marcus, which supported her designs.
“It’s America who rediscovered her, so this is a thank you,” Lagerfeld said to WWD. “Without America, she would have closed the entire operation.”
The British-American actress is joined by Rupert Everett as an American television journalist and Amanda Harlech as American Vogue fashion editor Bettina Ballard. Hairstylist Sam McKnight and model Heidi Mount also accompany the cast.
In true Lagerfeld style, the film — shot over three days in mid-July at a studio in Paris — was approached without a script, which allowed for “improvisations for a more natural effect.”
Watch Everett comment on Chaplin’s performance in the clip below.
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