So the news this morning is that Crystal Renn is totally unstoppable. Her rise to the top of the modelling tree has hit the premiere league as now a Chanel image has emerged featuring the plus size supermodel. The 24-year-old American is understandably thrilled, declaring; 'I'm absolutely freaking out....working with Chanel has been my dream forever.... this campaign is the proudest moment of my life.'
In the shoot, Crystal's brunette hair is pulled up in a sexily-dishevelled 1960's Bardot style, and she poses in a furry collar, with a topless and be-quiffed Baptiste Giabiconi lying on a bed in the background. Renn told the Fashionista blog how M Lagerfeld directs his models for all those moodily atmsopheric shots that he photographs himself '“he said, ‘You’re not a model right now, you’re an actress...the only difference between modeling and acting is that models have one second to tell a story and actresses have two hours.”'
But it seems that Lagerfeld is adopting a softly-softly approach to introducing Renn into his stable of Chanel models. The black and white portrait is an image that is being used to publicise, not the new Autumn/Winter '10 mainline collection, but merely the re-opening of the luxury label's store in SoHo, New York.
Lagerfeld has been tentatively 'courting' Crystal for a few months now - casting her in his Chanel resort presentation for spring/summer 2011 (rather than the main season show) in St Tropez in May. However, even this was a huge leap forward for the notoriously-outspoken designer.
In the past Kaiser Karl has been pretty unPC in his views about plus size women, saying unforgettably; 'fat mummies sit there in front of the television with their chip packets and say skinny models are ugly.' He also claimed that fashion is all about 'dreams and illusion....no one wants to see curvy women'.
However Karl is nothing if not hip to the latest trend - within weeks of that statement he had shot plus-size burlesque star Miss Dirty Martini for V magazine's groundbreaking 'Size' issue, which also famously starred a 'fashion face-off' between plus-sized model Crystal and catwalk-skinny fashion model Jacquelyn Jablonski wearing the same clothes. Four months later, Renn was walking along Chanel's resort catwalk.
Yet for all his conflicting views on plus-sized women, Lagerfeld's designs for Chanel are available in sizes up to a French size 50, (which is a UK size 22). Crystal, a UK size 14, could surely be the perfect representative for all of Chanel's customers.
Grazia Daily can't help thinking this ad is slightly wasted on just a store opening announcement, and we hope this is the start of a longer term association between Crystal and Chanel. More, please....
What do you think of Crystal Renn in the Chanel ad? Could she front a main season ad campaign?