Today brings the first glimpse, as featured in Marie Claire, of the new Coco Chanel biopic. The film is due to be released early next year and stars Audrey Tautou, of Amelie fame, in the lead role. I have always been an Audrey T fan and this casting is inspired; her looks, style and acting ability are bound to make this a fashionable must-see.
‘Coco avant Chanel’ focuses on Coco Chanel’s younger years and her humble beginnings, all of which she was ‘notoriously reticent’ about. This film is one of 3 biopics in the next year, all focusing on different aspects of her life and detailed in today’s Independent.
Coco Chanel’s enduring appeal, and influence, within fashion circles is undeniable but I think her popular appeal is due to the focus on style, rather than fashion. Of course, Chanel has become the brand above all brands, as proven by the recent Karl Lagerfield Chanel show in Paris, but it is all built upon basics, and style essentials. I always think about another of CC’s legendary pieces of advice about accessories when dressing for work; always take off the last thing you put on. I will certainly be watching the biopics with avid interest; for the clothes in the actual films, the style tips and the motivations behind one of the fashion’s ‘legends’. A.