When Karl Lagerfeld picks a muse, they either stick around more-or-less forever (Keira Knightley, Inès de la Fressange) or they have a blink-and-you'll-miss-them tenure with the brand (Blake Lively, Lily Allen).
Fortunately, it seems like Kristen Stewart is falling in the former category, appearing in Chanel's new campaign for its "Paris in Rome" Métiers d'Art collection. Shot by Karl Lagerfeld (who else?), Stewart brings the same sultry vibes that dominated the runway last fall at Cinecittà. Done up in lacy tights, bedroom mules and a high-slit skirt, it's a totally different look than we're used to seeing from the actress, but hey — if anyone can get Stewart to channel La Dolce Vita, it's Lagerfeld.
“Karl never turns me into something I'm not," she tells WWD. "But like all good directors, he is capable of bringing qualities out of people that are sometimes not as obvious to them.”
This marks Stewart's fifth campaign with the brand, following appearances in the 2014 Paris-Dallas Métiers d'Art campaign, an eyewear campaign, a handbag campaign and a beauty campaign. She also played an actress playing Coco Chanel in a film, which debuted at the "Paris in Rome" show. And then of course, she took her own turn on a Chanel runway for the Fall 2015 Couture collection.
It sounds like this won't be her last either: Lagerfeld gushes to WWD that Stewart "is perfect for the Chanel image of today.”
"I like the whole package," he says. "I like her expression, I like the toughness of the attitude, everything. She is a really good actress. I like tough women who can scream, who can be mean. For men, I hate that; for women, I love it."