Blake Lively was in Paris over the weekend for the much-touted Chanel dinner celebrating her Mademoiselle handbag campaign for the house. The first ad, which will start running this week, is above. If you didn’t know it was Blake, you almost wouldn’t know it was Blake, save for the small telltale birthmark next to her nose. Karl, who photographed her for the campaign, did a good job of making her look sleek and and sophisticated, and squelching a bit of that uber-happy California persona she has. It’s quite a lovely image, especially the reddish highlights in her hair which echo the red of the adorable Mademoiselle bag.
WWD interviewed Blake at the dinner in Paris, and these factoids emerged: -She wanted to be a cook or an interior decorator until she fell into acting. -Her style icons are Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Sienna Miller. -She has no ambitions to design because “..if there are people like Karl Lagerfeld out there designing, who am I?” -She plans to open some restaurants eventually (a brunch place, one specializing in Southern cuisine, and finally one featuring “world food”) for which she will be the chef, create the menus, and do the decor.
Perhaps Karl can design the waitstaff’s uniforms for these ventures.