I Should Coco

cocochanel.jpgI can’t wait to check out Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel in the upcoming film Coco avant Chanel. They’ve just released this sneak peek of the movie poster and already Tautou is looking like the perfect choice to portray the fashion icon. In fact, the film was specifically conceived with Tautou in mind – the director Anne Fontaine agreeing to helm the project only if Tautou would sign on for the lead. The movie is currently filming in Paris and is expected to hit theaters in Spring 2009. With the project being in the early stages and very little information available let’s try to make a few predictions just for fun – if they prove to be correct, I’ll backward link to this post and remind you guys of it every chance I get…if they prove incorrect, well we’ll just move on and pretend this post never happened…sound good? Here we go…I’m expecting this movie to have a similar feel to La Vie En Rose as the focus will apparently be on Chanel’s impoverished childhood and early pre-fame days when she was briefly a cafe/cabaret singer. Thanks in large part to Marion Cotillard’s Oscar win for LVER – and also partly to Tautou having a bit of mass-market name recognition thanks to Amelie – I’m expecting that Coco avant Chanel will receive even more attention than LVER. I think that an Oscar nomination for Tautou is certainly possible, even likely. With the attention then, will Chanel’s early look become a hot fashion influencer upon the film’s release? Her influence on contemporary fashion is already enormous of course – but what I’m thinking of here is a specific response to the film, which focuses on her pre-Chanel days. I’m thinking of menswear-inspired looks (similar to the poster photo) and flapper-inspired looks – both of which Coco Chanel was closely associated with. I’m also thinking about how some of the coolest kids in London have been rocking silent film-era looks and flapper-inspired looks recently – see my post about that here. These sorts of things do have a way of coalescing…x eddie

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