'Keira Was Genius, No?' Karl Lagerfeld Says Keira Knightley Made A Better Coco Chanel Than Audrey Tautou

10 June 2013 by

Keira vs Audrey as Coco Chanel

Here at Grazia Daily we love a klassic Karl Lagerfeld quote and now the frank designer has revealed that Keira Knightley is the true Coco Chanel. Yep, move over Audrey Tautou. In an interview with The Telegraph, Karl Lagerfeld was full of praise for Keira in the black and white short Once Upon A Time which tells of when Coco Chanel opened a shop in Deauville (watch it here).

Karl said: 'Keira was genius, no? I work well with her. Very easy. Keira has zero problem in her way of behaving and she knows everybody.' But he was not so fond of his other Chanel girl, Audrey Tautou's performance as Coco in the 2009 film Coco Avant Chanel.

Once again Karl charged ahead, happily voicing his opinion (probably to the horror of his press team). 'Oh, the movie was bad,' he said. 'She played it like women's lib, like Simone de Beauvoir 30 years before The Second Sex. No, no, no, no. Chanel was a different kind of woman. Keira had it. She is a young woman in love, not a spinster.' Eek! We wonder what loyal Chanel wearer - and face of Chanel No. 5 - Audrey makes of this, err, honesty.

Karl's confession is even more surprising given the fact that he helped out with the production of the film. Coco Avant Chanel's director Anne Fontaine back in 2009, 'I met Karl Lagerfeld several times. We showed him the sketches of the clothes my costume designer, Catherine Leterrier, was making. When Karl saw pictures of Audrey Tautou, he told me she was the only 'true Chanel.' We collaborated in a very natural way with the Maison Chanel.' But skip forward a few years, it seems Keira is now his 'only true Chanel.'

karl lagerfeld, keira knightley, chanel

Talking about the part Keira played as a young shop-keeping Coco, King Karl revealed, 'It was the idea that Chanel, before she became the famous mademoiselle, was a kind of light-hearted, kept womanly. To show a freer, younger, fresher side, not the lesson-giving, finger up [he wags his forefinger] you see. Uh?'

Karl also approved of Knightley's laid-back country wedding last month, where she said I do in a Chanel ballerina dress and flat Chanel pumps. Mr Lagerfeld said of the wedding: 'But it is very simple. She had the least pretentious wedding ever. The whole thing was relaxed. I think it's perfect. After all, they lived together for quite a time. It's not as if she is a young girl of 18 who sees the husband for the first time. She is not a country girl. Yes. I liked the light-heartedness of this wedding.'

You can always rely on the fashion Kaiser for a killer Karl-ism, and just last week we brought you the news that we can now see the world through Karl's monochrome loving, flip flop hating eyes thanks to a new book Le monde selon Karl (or in English - The World According to Karl). This 160-page ode to Karl will include a selection of his most infamous lines and we have a sneaky suspicion that his view on Audrey as Coco will go down as one of the most memorable Karl Lagerfeld koutes of all time.

But back to Keira vs Audrey... Who do you think made the best Coco Chanel? Watch them play Coco below and let us know who gets your vote in the comments below...

Audrey Tautou in Coco Avant Chanel

Keira Knightley in Once Upon A Time


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