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March 3, 2009

More Chanel Films! “Chanel and Stravinsky: The Secret Story” Set for Release in 2009


Image of Chanel and Stravinsky, among others, from Chanel and Her World by Edmonde Charles-Roux

If this is not Chanel-mania, I don’t know what is!  Last year we saw the Lifetime made-for-tv movie depicting the life of Coco Chanel.  In a few months the premier of Coco Avant Chanel will hit theaters.  What’s next?  Another Chanel film of course!  The third in this string of Chanel films depicts the love affair between Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky.  Directed by Jan Kounen with Mads Mikkelsen starring as Stravinsky and Anna Mouglalis as Chanel.  The duo met in Paris and even worked together on Georges Balanchine’s “Apollon Musagete” – Igor Stravinsky wrote the music and Mlle. Chanel designed the costumes.  Chanel and Stravinsky: The Secret Story (working title) releases later this year – stay tuned for updates!

Read below for a synopsis on the backdrop of the film:

Paris 1913, Coco Chanel is devoted to her work and madly in love with the handsome and very wealthy Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel.

At the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Igor Stravinsky premieres his “Rite of Spring”. Coco attends the premiere and is mesmerised. But the revolutionary work is too modern, too radical: the enraged audience boos and jeers. A near-riot ensues. Stravinsky is inconsolable.

Seven years later. Now rich, respected and successful, Coco is devastated by Boy Capel’s death. She meets Stravinsky again – a penniless refugee living in exile in Paris after the Russian Revolution. The attraction between them is immediate and electric.


Read the full story to see more stills from the film.


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December 9, 2008

Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2009 Paris-Moscou Silent Film

Last week we posted about the Chanel silent film teaser but we just saw the whole thing on the Chanel website. You can view the full film here.  It’s really wonderful to see Chanel’s early life told in a media format that was popular at the time that the story is being told.  Karl is a genius, whether it’s fashion design, photgraphy, dj’ing or now, directing film.  Bravo!!

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December 4, 2008

From Russia With Love: Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2009 Paris-Moscou

Yesterday we told you about the silent film that Karl Lagerfeld directed, in homage to Mlle. Chanel, to introduce the Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2009 collection.  I just found a teaser, and I NEED to find the whole thing! I love it! It totally captures the Chanel spirit, especially since it’s filmed in a way that was “a la mode” of the time period that he’s portraying. Karl is a genius. Check out the teaser below:

And now, the clothing!  Karl always manages to surprise and delight me.  Whenever I think I’ve seen it all, he takes it to a whole other stratosphere.  Last year, for Chanel’s Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall collection Karl took us to London (literally and thematically).  This time, though showing in Paris, Karl was inspired by Russia.  It’s not too far off the mark considering Chanel herself had a romance with a Russian noble, and was friends with Russian creatives including Stravinsky and Diaghilev.  In fact, she designed costumes for one of Diaghilev’s ballets.  She was so inspired by her Slavic circle of friends that she even had a design period heavily influenced by traditional Russian dress, especially, of course, the men’s garment.  But alas, I’m digressing – I’m here to talk about the clothes!

I’ve gone through the collection twice (so far), and each time I rush through it so quickly because I can’t wait to see what’s next and I miss so many details. Every time I go back and look again I find something else that makes my mouth water.  For me, the hair and head-pieces stole the show.  The garments, of course are amazing but the hair, the braids, the feathers, the dangling cascades of pearls and chandelier hair/hats – my goodness! A-maz-ing.  The “fantasy folkloric headdresses [were made] by Japanese wizard Kamo.”  When asked what he had up his sleeve for next year, Karl said: “Shanghai Express — the trip [Chanel] never made.”  Chanel was enamoured with Asian artwork and her apartment is known to have housed many, many Coromandel screens.  I cannot wait to see what next year will bring!

More pictures from the collection, as well as some video footage of the goings-on at the show with still images of the fashion. As soon as the actual show footage is available online we’ll post it up for you! Jeez, I need a fairy god mother to bestow Chanel every season. Oh, fairy god mother, where are you??
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December 3, 2008

Karl Lagerfeld Creates Chanel Métiers D’Art Pre-Fall 2009 Paris-Moscou Silent Film

Karl Lagerfeld directed a 10-minute silent film, documenting the early years of Gabrielle Chanel, to coincide with a showing of Chanel’s Paris-Moscow, a luxury pre-fall ready-to-wear collection.  The homage was fitting since her early years were heavily influenced by French men, and Russian men, alike.  The film was shot in 2 days and rather than use extras, Lagerfeld recruited actual workers from the atelier.  “I cannot take extras,” Karl stated. “They don’t know how to touch the clothes.”

The idea of a silent film is really new, even though the method itself is a bit antiquated.  In a time when we’re constantly bombarded with technology, it’s quite refreshing to sit back for a minute in silence and just watch.  “Today, people are ready for silent movies again, as they spend time — hours, I would say — looking at text messages and e-mails,” Karl stated. “I always loved silent movies.”  It seems like this is the year for Chanel on film, first Lifetime, now this, and next year the feature film.  I cannot wait to see this – I feel like with Karl directing this ship, it will be the most accurate, (and probably best looking), portrayal of Mlle. Chanel’s early life.  The show and mini-film will be shown tonight in Paris.

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October 26, 2008

M.I.S.S. Chats With Olivier Sitruk

Photo of Olivier Sitruk by  Julien de Rosa / Starface
Photo of Olivier Sitruk by Julien de Rosa / Starface

A while back we reviewed Lifetime’s Coco Chanel made-for-tv movie, and it was clear from our readers and from our search engine results, that the ladies love Olivier Sitruk, the French actor who played Coco Chanel‘s amour, Boy Capel.  When we saw how much the ladies liked Mr. Sitruk, we did a small story on him.  Little did we know that it would be our most popular story ever, with women from all over the country making M.I.S.S. the unofficial spot to get together and share their Olivier Sitruk discoveries.  This got us thinking, why don’t we contact him and see if he’ll do an interview?   To our surprise and delight, not only did Olivier get back to us, he gave us the honor of interviewing him.  After several emails and weeks, we are happy and excited to present our interview with Olivier Sitruk. . .

How did you get your start in acting?

I got my start in acting by studying! In NICE, the place where I was born, and after in PARIS. Of course I was not already paid for acting but my passion and destiny start at this time. I start on stage, I work in prison or with handicap people and make my first movie in 1992. In this movie, I was dying after 5 minutes, in the second one after 30 . . . now I die at the end!

Did you know about the man ‘Boy Capel’ before you auditioned for his part?

No, and not a lot about COCO CHANEL also, but there is so many book about her!

Read the rest of the interview after the jump!

Your English accent was very convincing! Was it difficult playing an English man?

I’m sorry to say that my voice in English, it’s not mine, the character was English, and, I have a French accent when I speak . . . but we shoot the movie in English, even for the French TV. I had to dub it in French!

Do you have any upcoming U.S. projects? If not, do you have any plans to do more work in the U.S.?

For now, I have no project in US. But it will be a dream to come make my job in US. Like all my generation, I grow up with American movie, and a lot off my favorite directors are from America.

Are there any actors, actresses or directors that you would like to work with?

Kate WINSLET !!! In US ? So many! Paul Thomas ANDERSON, the COEN brothers, Sean PENN, of course SCORCESE but also Abel FERARA or AFANORVSKY, Chris NOLAN or Brian SINGER. In France, Jacques AUDIARD, BLIER or CORNEAU, and in the world, Emir KUSTURICA!

If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?

A journalist, or an cabinetmaker …

Ok, I have to ask because all of our readers are dying to know . . . Are you single? What qualities do you find attractive in women?

I’m married since 5 years but we are together since 15 years. The qualities I find attractive in women, like in all the men, is the soul and humor . . . And look like KATE WINSLET . . .

The ladies want to know where to keep up with your latest projects and work. Do you have a fan site? A Myspace page?

I have one official site and they work on it to translate it in English. Every body was asking for Myspace, so I open one but it’s the beginning!

Are the women in France as crazy for you as the women in the U.S.? Is it difficult to leave your house?

Do I have to respond? I like to be discreet, I’m never in front or inside the people magazine, and I have a simple life with a lot of love and work. So no fan in front of my house!

What is your idea of a romantic evening out?

In Paris, walk on the street late in the night after a good restaurant and rebuilding the world. In dream, make a dinner on the moon!

What’s your astrological sign?

I was born the 25th December so I’m Capricorn.

What do you like to do in your free time? What are your hobbies, interests?

Work and dream! I like canvas painting, make racing Kart and play tennis with my son, watch movies and American series ( DR House, Damages, West Wing, or the Sopranos).

What are you favorites? Favorite color, book, movie, food, travel destination?

- Color : black and red
- Book: the books of Albert COHEN or Pat CONROY, ZOLA or Paul AUSTER, and Detective fiction (CONELLY, ELLROY, COBEN, LEHANNE)
- Movies: I like all the movies of the director I talk at the top.
-Food: About the food, I’m sorry to say that we are close to the perfection in France . . . but the Italian are closer . . .
- Travel Destination: The Place where I answer this interview . . . BALI

Many thanks to Olivier Sitruk and the wonderful team at Starface. We hope to see more of Olivier Sitruk’s work in the states!

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September 15, 2008

Ladies Love Olivier Sitruk’s “Boy Capel” on Lifetime’s Coco Chanel

** Read the M.I.S.S. exclusive interview with Olivier Sitruk here**

It seems that it wasn’t just Barbora Bobulova who stole the show from Shirley MacLaine in Lifetime’s Coco Chanelmade-for-TV movie. After I wrote my review, I have received LOTS of requests to find out more info on the mysterious and handsome actor who played Boy Capel, Chanel’s love of her life. The man in question is Olivier Sitruk, a French actor with piercing brown eyes and Mediterranean complexion. It’s your lucky day ladies, if you want to see more photos of the dashing actor check out his site here. Unfortunately it’s in French but click on “galeries” to view photos. For a listing of his past works check out imdb here. I hope that helps and quenches the thirst you have for Olivier Sitruk! Hopefully the French man will play more U.S. roles.

Read the exclusive M.I.S.S. interview with Olivier Sitruk.

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September 14, 2008

“Coco Chanel” on Lifetime Review

Last night I tuned in to Lifetime’s Coco Chanel, the story of the rise of one of the greatest fashion designer’s ever. Not only a fashion icon, Gabrielle Chanel is an inspiration to women and is the embodiment of the “modern woman,” a woman fiercely independent with a strong will and desire to achieve her dreams. I had expressed some doubt as to the casting, Ms. MacLaine as the grand dame of fashion was a bit of a stretch for me, but I tuned in nonetheless. If it’s about Chanel, I’m there! The film was about Mademoiselle’s youth and her rise from orphan to successful, independent designer. Barbora Bobulova played the “young chanel” and I think she did an amazing job. She had a believable French accent, resembled the young Gabrielle and gave life to Chanel’s struggles and emotions. I wish they aged Ms. Bobulova with make-up (as they did her cousin Adrienne) rather than cast Shirley MacLaine as Chanel. In a word, she was awful. Somehow, with age, Chanel lost her French accent. MacLaine didn’t even attempt a French accent – if she did it was barely noticeable. She sounded like a “hat check girl” in a Chanel costume and her lines were Chanel quotes strung together as “dialogue.” Thankfully, the film actually starred Barbora Bobulova and not Shirley MacLaine as the film was promoted. The film concentrated on Chanel’s youth with bits of older Chanel (MacClaine) telling her story. Though I detested the parts with MacLaine in it (I swear, it was really that bad), I actually did enjoy the film and it was wonderful to see Chanel’s early rise brought to life. I would definitely recommend viewing this, though you may want to plug your ears for the MacLaine lines, and if you missed it last night, tune in tonight to Lifetime at 7 pm.

P.S. – It seems like a lot of ladies are wondering who played the handsome Boy Capel – we’ve investigated for you and it’s Olivier Sitruk.

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September 12, 2008

Reminder! “Coco Chanel” on Lifetime Tomorrow Night

A few weeks back we posted about Lifetime’s made-for-television movie Coco Chanel.  Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow at 8pm ET/PT to check it out!

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August 21, 2008

Chanel Mania! “Coco Chanel” on Lifetime

If you’ve read M.I.S.S. for a minute then you know that I love Chanel. She’s an icon and an inspiration for women striving to achieve their dreams. Lately, you’ve probably hear us talk about Coco Avant Chanel, the movie set for release next year starring Audrey Tautou as Mlle. Chanel. Well, it appears the mania is spreading and the Lifetime Network is the next to hop on the band wagon. On Saturday, September 13th at 8pm Lifetime is premiering Coco Chanel, the made-for-television movie depicting the life of Gabrielle Chanel. Barbora Bobulova plays the Chanel of youth and Shirley MacLaine plays the older, wiser Chanel. Now, I’ll watch this because it has to do with Chanel. But, I have to admit that I am less than excited about Shirley MacLaine playing Chanel. I have a giant mental block – I can’t see MacLaine as the sleek, sophisticated and suave Mademoiselle. It seems I’m not the only one, Vogue UK reported that so far, the critics are not impressed. If you’re curious, and want to make your own opinion (advised), tune in to Lifetime on September 13th. You can find more information on the Lifetime movie here.

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August 15, 2008

Boy Capel Part Cast In “Coco Avant Chanel”

Coco Chanel never married but she had several partners throughout her life. The man that was “the one true love” was Boy Capel, an English business man who helped finance Chanel’s first millinery shop. We reported a few months back that Audrey Tautou was cast as Mademoiselle Chanel. Today, we learned that Alessandro Nivola is cast as Boy Capel, Chanel’s “love of her life.” Tragically, Boy Capel died in a car crash and afterward Chanel’s collections featured what became her signature black. Other designers of the time commented that she was making everyone mourn for her lost love by using black as a main color in her collections. Whatever the reason, Chanel broke barriers and gave new life to the color black. We’ll learn about this and much more about the designer’s early life. I cannot wait to see this movie!!



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