A true Parisienne, the new image of CHANEL
CHANEL has cast Inès de la Fressange in its forthcoming spring/summer 2011 show, which takes places on Tuesday, 5th of October amid the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. The French beauty originally starred as the face of Chanel back in the 80′s.”She is beyond stunning. Also, she is the Parisienne,” says Lagerfeld.
Karl Lagerfeld confirmed that the advertising campaign will also include top models Freja Beha Erichsen and Stella Tennant.
Born in France in 1932, De la Fressange is the daughter of Marquis André de Seignard de La Fressange a French stockbroker, and an Argentine model. She grew up in an 18th-century mill outside Paris with three brothers.
In the 1980s, she became the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with an haute couture fashion house, Chanel, by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose muse she became. However, in 1989, Lagerfeld and De la Fressange had an argument and parted company. Likely this argument was, at least in part, regarding her decision to lend her likeness to a bust of Marianne, the ubiquitous symbol of the French republic.
As of 2009, De la Fressange does not model often. She has been a businesswoman with a chain of clothing boutiques, a designer, and a consultant for Jean-Paul Gaultier. She presented a creation by Gaultier for his Spring/Summer 2009 haute couture collection at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and walked the runway for Gaultier during the event, at age 51.