Coco Chanel biopics are very much in fashion with three films profiling the designer at different life stages over the last two years. I'm most excited about "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" in theaters now. The movie was chosen as the Closing Film of last year's Cannes Film Festival and has received great reviews - except for Karl, who reportedly hates the movie for the unflattering light it sheds on his predecessor. Although, in the end he was a good sport about it all and provided costumes and allowed access to Chanel's salon.
I am particularly looking forward to seeing the performance by french actor (and Chanel muse) Anna Mouglalis. I thought "Coco Avant Chanel" was OK - but Coco was portrayed as sweet, almost innocent - two adjectives that don't come to my mind when I think of the designer.
In an interview with WWD, Mouglalis said of Coco, "She is recognized as a huge feminist, but most of the things she did, she did for herself and not for women in general,” noting the designer was a notoriously difficult boss to her all-women staff. “I would even push it further, thinking she was more of a misogynist than a feminist, since she only had male friends.”
Now that sounds a bit more like Coco.