Karl Lagerfeld is back in the director’s chair for his latest film, The Return, a 30-minute short about famed designer Coco Chanel. The movie tells the story of Chanel’s 1954 comeback, and is set to debut in full December 10th in Dallas, Texas before the 2013/14 Métiers d’Art runway show, titled “Paris-Dallas” in Dallas Fair Park — a fitting location, given that Chanel struggled to impress critics until she found success with the Dallas-based department store Neiman Marcus, which supported her designs.
In the film, Coco is played by Geraldine Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin’s daughter), while Rupert Everett, Anna Mouglalis, Lady Amanda Harlech, Arielle Dombasle, Kati Nescher, Vincent Darré, and Sam McKnight fill out the rest of the characters. The short retraces Coco’s footsteps to the reopening of her couture house, and stresses the importance of the role that the United States played in Chanel’s comeback.
How did Lagerfeld have time to write and direct the film? He didn’t pen a script, but rather told the actors what to say as it was time to say it. Get a sneak peek at the film’s teaser above and look for it on chanel.com after its Dallas premiere.