18 November 2010

OOH LA LA! Vanessa Paradis dishes on Kaiser Karl

What does Vanessa Paradis have in common with Diane Kruger, Georgia Jagger and, er, Baptiste Giabiconi? She’s a Chanel muse, of course! So as the current face of Coco Cocoon bags and Rouge Coco lipstick, we can only dream of the swanky parties! the FROW view! the luxury fashion! she has VIP access to. To add to our fashwan envy fascination, Vanessa has kindly given us a revealing insight into life with her close chum, King Karl, in the new issue of Interview Magazine.

As you can see, La Paradis’ gap-toothed beauty and cheekboney charms have never looked so dreamy (Ok, slightly alien-like in that top image, but nonetheless dreamy). Seeing as she’s shot by Mikael Jansson and swathed in Karl’s designs from the Chanel Resort 2011 collection, is it any wonder? So after getting details about the Frenchy’s music career out the way, Patti ‘rock legend’ Smith probed her on that ‘special relationship’ with Monsieur Lagerfeld. ‘The man is just a genius - a genius with a big sense of humor - which is so much fun to be around,’ Vanessa gushes. ‘He comes prepared to photo shoots, but he also has a big kid's spirit as well - because his spontaneity is incredible.’ Cue uncontrollable awww-ing.

Now, Grazia Daily has long been aware of the Kaiser’s genius but isn’t it lovely to hear that beneath his white pony tail, those slightly creepy glasses, and that permanent attachment to leather gloves, he’s just ‘a little boy’ who likes to have fun (though it probably helps to have Chanel handbags at playtime). As Mrs Depp explains, ‘the more you get to know Karl Lagerfeld, the more you love him.’ Well, we couldn’t agree more.

An image from 2003 - seriously, has this girl aged AT ALL?

All this mushy talk has got Grazia Daily feeling a tad nostalgic, which is why we’ve spent all afternoon digging through our style archives to trace their blossoming friendship, which began way back in the early Nineties. So using this adorable picture of the pair as a starting point, please join us in a homage to Karl & Vanessa via our nifty gallery below...

- Jessica Vince


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