A report earlier this week in the NY Daily News‘ gossip column Gatecrasher alleged that there were “internal grumblings” at Chanel HQ because folks thought Blake Lively was too “off-brand” to represent the label’s new Mademoiselle handbag line.
Today, Chanel PR has denied the report in a statement to Vogue UK: “Blake’s spontaneity and fresh youthful image have convinced Chanel that she is the right person to represent the house and this range of bags.”
So Blake Lively’s spell over the fashion industry holds. The Gossip Girl star has won over the most important folks in fashion–Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld–not to mention inspiring her BFF Christian Louboutin to design a shoe named after her. She genuinely loves fashion and fashion loves her back. Remember this is the girl who, upon landing her Chanel campaign, told WWD “How did Cinderella feel when she slipped on the glass slipper? How did Snow White feel when she met her Prince Charming? A dream come true is an understatement. I can say that I feel like the happiest, luckiest girl around.” Lagerfeld called her “an American dream girl.” According to the same story in Gatecrasher, a source at Chanel said “‘They’d literally fire anyone who admits’ not being happy with Lively’s representation of the Mademoiselle bag line.” At least that part rings truer–you don’t mess with fashion’s golden girl.