Keira Knightley in Chanel Couture at the BFI London Film Festival: IN or OUT?

Posted on October 15, 2018

We haven’t quite fallen in love with any of her recent looks, but we tend to see it as an issue with the current Chanel aesthetic (to which she is partially contractually beholden) rather than an issue with her style, which has been evolving nicely and leading to interesting areas away from the tea-stained romanticism that defined her earlier career image. In other words, at least she and Karl Lagerfeld are giving us something to talk about.


It’s not … uninteresting, right?

We don’t know. We really love the color on her. We like the shape and cut of the top half. We like the way the skirt transitions into a pleated sheer, which gives this otherwise prim look a feeling of romance and formality. We feel like this has a fresh modernity that tips its hat to classic shapes and tailoring. But man, are we ever having a time trying to get past the shape of that skirt. Or rather, the shape of the skirt in relation to that rather squared-off bodice. We think our issue comes down to one of modernity – the blouse – meeting old-fashionedness – the bell-shaped skirt. Here’s the thing: Every time we mentally picture a correction, either a nipped-in waist on the blouse or a sleeker silhouette on the skirt, it seems to turn into something very bland and forgettable. It’s haute couture and needs to be taken on its own terms, which means mental edits don’t quite work.

We think your task is clear here, darling.


Keira Knightley’s Modern-vs.-Classic:

IN or OUT?



Style Credits:
Chanel Pleated Dress from the Fall 2015 Couture Collection
Chanel Fine Jewelry
Tabitha Simmons Sandals

Styled by Leith Clark

[Photo Credit: INSTARimages,]

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