Freida's Exotic East meets Chanel's Wild West
Every girl covets Chanel; yet Freida, the star of 2008 Oscar-winning blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire is no ordinary young starlet. This 29-year-old was able to effortlessly ace her first red carpet event, for the movie’s premiere, dressed head to toe in Chanel couture.
That must give a girl quite an ego boost. “It was amazing that the brand believed in me, and I felt very, very lucky,” she reveals to Harper's Bazaar Arabia in an exclusive interview. “If you wear Chanel to a premiere, you feel like you’ve kinda made it.”
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia's Fashion & Beauty Director Sally Matthews turned fairy godmother for the day and indulged the actress in yet more Chanel as she modelled several looks from the Paris-Dallas Métier d’Art collection for a cover story shot on location in Dubai during the invite-only, Arabian-inspired Chanel Cruise catwalk show (that cost a reputed Dhs8.6 million to put on) in May. WATCH A SNEAK PEEK OF THE VIDEO HERE.
Karl Lagerfeld has channeled the American wild west in this Texan-themed collection which was unveiled in Dallas last December, giving it that requisite Chanel couture twist that steers it well clear of Dolly Parton-esque ensembles and into the realm of ultra-high fashion. Think luxurious fabrics, intricate detailing in the form of tasselled trims, stars (and stripes), heavy tweeds, painstakingly put-together feathers, blanket prints, embellished vests and heavy ponchos. No one knows how to re-interpret a theme quite like King Karl.
The Métier d’Art collections are an annual showcase that celebrate the 11 haute couture Chanel workshops and pay homage to cities that played an intrinsic part in the label’s history. Dallas was chosen as the venue for this extravaganza as the Americans, and Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus in particular, helped the Maison get back on its feet after a hiatus of 15 years post World War II.
What the Harper’s Bazaar shoot shows is how easily these silhouettes, originally shot on Twilight star Kristen Stewart for the official ad campaign, can be transplanted from the USA to the Middle East. Even though their inspiration might be culturally specific, their appeal and beauty is undeniably universal. These pieces which are in stores for a limited time only are sure to be on every girl’s lust-have list, no matter where in the world her postcode originates from.
INFO: The full interview and photo-shoot with Freida Pinto is in the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, out in stores now. The Paris-Dallas Métier d’Art collection is available at Chanel boutiques now, www.chanel.com