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Coco & Igor

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Opening today in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky picks up where last year’s Coco Before Chanel left off, delving into the passionate relationship between the two creative titans. Although both were regarded as revolutionaries in their respective fields during the time – Chanel for her androgynous, sports-minded aesthetic and Stravinsky for his abstract, discordant compositions – their careers take remarkably different paths in the movie. While Stravinsky is still reeling from the poor critical reception to “The Rite of Spring”, Chanel is basking in worldwide success and becomes a patron to the impoverished composer. Director Jan Kounen has a secret weapon in this movie in the form of one of Karl Lagerfeld’s muses for Chanel, actress Anna Mouglalis. With her statuesque figure, smoky voice and confident strut, Mouglalis carries off the title role with effortless panache. The stunning wardrobe consists of pieces from the designer’s personal collection as well as gowns Karl Lagerfeld made specifically for the movie. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky also features inspiring re-creations of Ballet Russes costumes and the striking black, white and gilded Art Deco interiors of Chanel’s villa, “Bel Respiro”. Whether exploring her professional work or her personal life, the film shows how the thoroughly-modern Mademoiselle Chanel continues to be an endless source of inspiration and intrigue for new generations.

Watch the trailer here.

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  • Valerie WILSON TROWER

    All the lamps in Chanel’s lovely villa are Lalique.

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