Chanel muses seem to have it all. They are independent, slightly irrevent, and they possess an idescribable it-factor. These qualities can be used to descrieb Coco Chanel as well.While Karl Lagerfeld and the Chanel House had many different muses during all these decades, they all had features of the Chanel woman and most of they had star power.
Enjoy some of Chanel’s greatest muses:
Catherine Deneuve, 1974
Fashion Houses did not always use movie stars fot their campaigns, so Deneuve’s tenure as the face of Chanel No 5 was pretty epic and the sales skyrocketed.
Carine has worked on several Chanel Campaigns, but was willing to step in front of the lens for her book The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited, which she created with Karl Lagerfeld himself.
Kristen McMenamy, 1995
The ultimate 90’s alt-model has a special relationship with Karl Lagerfeld, who not only designed her wedding dress in 1977, but also gave her away.
Stella Tennant, 1990s
Tennant’s resemblance to Coco Chanel made her an ideal choice of muse, and in 1996 she signed an exclusive contract with the house. She continues to appear in campaigns and on the runway today, giving iconic catwalk moments like appearing in Chanel’s first show in Cuba.
Willow Smith, 2016
Lagerfeld loves an it-girl, and eveyrone was pretty excited when he tapped Smith for a recent eyewear campaign. She is also on of the few people that can pull off Lagerfeld-ispired biker gloves at a fashion show (other than Karl, obviously)
Ines De La Fressange, 1980s
Before Stella Tennant there was Ines de la Fressange. In 1983 the French mega-model was the first to ever sign an exclusive deal with the house. She and Karl Lagerfeld had a falling out in 1989, but Ines returned to Chanel’s runway for the Spring 2011 show.
Cara Delevigne, 2014
Delevigne debuted on the Chanel Haute Couture runway for Spring 2012, but her relationship with house eventually produced an even bigger first: the debut of her singing career. The world was first treated to the model’s voice in “Reincarnation” film campaign. The sort also introduced her to Pharel Williams, who helped produce HER FIRST SINGLE.
Linda Evangelista, 1991
One of the first editorial models to successfully cross over into the realm of runway modeling, Evangelista met the Chanel designer in 1985 and quickly became his muse. Years later, in her return to the runway, the superstat closed the house’s Fall/Winter 2013 couture show in a white wedding gown.
Alice Dellal, 2003
Lagerfeld once described Dellal as a “modern girl with a strong personality”. With hershaved head, nose ring, and main gig as a rock star, we can see what he meant.
Claudia Schiffer, 1992
The blonde bombshell went from runway-favourite to campaign-regular as 90’s fashion mainstay.
Keira Knightley, 2016
Knightley is the longtime face of the fragrance Coco Mademoiselle, along with starring in short films for the brand, as well as fronting the fine jewelry collection and Rouge Coco lipstick collection. She is also among the lucky few to wear Chanel on her wedding day, a dress she loved so much she wore it again on the red carpet.
Ali MacGraw, 1966
Just like Bergen, before MacGraw made it big as an actress she was a model. Four years after appearing in this Chanel beauty campaign she would become a major movie star, proving that the house had a knack for discovering the “next big thing” even before Lagerfeld’s tenure.
Julianne Moore, 2015
Moore is a front row staple at Chanel shpws, but for Fall 2015 couture presentation she appeared on the runway-playing craps at the gambling-themed show. Recently, she was honored at a MoMA film benefit, which was sponsored by the house.
Lily-Rose Depp, 2017
CR-star Depp is the spitting image of her mother Vanessa Paradis, a long time chanel model. So it was no surprise that she was tapped to be the face of the house, especially after she was seen attending shows in 2015.
Nicole Kidman, 2004
Shortly after Moulin Rouge was released, Lagerfeld tapped Kidman to star in a Baz Lurhmann-directed film that cost a rumored $33 million, making it one of the most expensive campaigns of all time.
Audrey Tautou, 2009
The French actress portrayed the title star in the 2009 biopic “Coco Before Chanel”, and appeared in a campaign for the brand at the same year. Fun fact: the clip was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who also directed Amelie, which starred Tautou.
Kristen Stewart, 2016
Lagerfeld ogten taps actresses to appear in campaigns, epsecially since the house has been producing more and more films. Stewart is no exception – she has wotked with Chanel since 2012, and has modeled eyewear, bags, and the incredibly popular clip for the new fragrance Gabrielle.
Blake Lively, 2011
Lively was at the height of her Gossip Girl fame when she was tapped to appear in a campaign for Chanel, which helped catapult her to fashion stardome. Anything is possible when Lagerfeld considers you an “American dream girl.”
Lilly Allen, 2009
The british pop star was something of a Chanel favourite in the early 2000s- she performed live at the Spring 2010 fashion show,and Lagerfeld even designed her wedding dress in 2011. She made headlines in 2014 when she briefly lost the dress (it was later found)
Bonus: Pharrell Williams, 2015
There are very few men that have had the honor of representing Chanel, but Williams is the only one to star in campaigns, walk the runway, and design his own sneaker for the brand.