Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chanel film by Karl Lagerfeld stars NZ model Ashleigh Good

It is no secret that in recent times Karl Lagerfeld has recognised the special qualities of Ashleigh Good at RPD. Not only has she closed the last Chanel show in Paris but she has also just opened and closed the Chanel Cruise 2014 show in Singapore. If that is not enough Lagerfeld has given her a star turn in this not-so-small film about the early days of Gabrielle Chanel's first store. Good, playing Jacqueline Forzane, mixes it with Keira Knightley's Coco and Clotilde Hesme's Adrienne Chanel and a raft of star models who aren't necessarily the greatest actors but sure look good in the sumptuous costuming and set that recaptures the French resort town of Deauville 100 years ago. That Ashleigh's role is a bigger one than that of Lindsey Wixon, Tallulah Harlech, Amanda Harlech, Caroline De Maigret, Stella Tennant, Saskia De Brauw, Jamie Bochert, Jake Davies or Baptiste Giabiconi says a lot about Lagerfeld's belief in the New Zealand girl who has gone from a Mairangi Bay bus stop to a muse of one of the world's great designers, in record time. Bravo Ashleigh!