Hotel Du Cap

To my delight, a new film offering by the house of Chanel was released in May on Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel-inspired Short Film, “The Tale of a Fairy.”

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The film was privately premiered at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d’Antibes, France, on Monday May 9, 2011, during Chanel’s 2011/12 Cruise Collection Fashion Show.

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The Invitation to the May 9, 2011 Fashion Show.

Chanel invitation

The German designer, who is the Creative Director of the Chanel fashion house, Fendi house, and of his own eponymous label, has photographed Chanel’s fashion ads for years, but this is his first cinematic venture.

The 25-minute “The Tale of a Fairy” stars supermodels Kristen McMenamy and Freja Beha, among other longstanding friends of the House. With its unpredictable energy, decadent glamor, nudity, and sexual tension, the film has been compared to Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” Mr. Lagerfeld explains, “It is a movie about an ill-advised use of money which begins with violence and ends with feeling.” He notes, “Some people may be shocked.”

Hotel Du Cap

“In the movie, they wear dresses from the [Chanel 2011/12 Cruise] collection, so it’s kind of a narrative around the kind of women who buy these clothes,” Lagerfeld told The Associated Press. He views the film as somewhat of an homage to the glamorously wealthy women who snatch up his designs.

Shot entirely on the French Riveria, here’s a look at the trailer for the film.  Please note that both the trailer and the film contain nudity and sexual content.

and the short film in its entirety, in two parts.


Images / 1 / the Hotel du Cap website / 2 / / 3 / Photographer: Dominique Charriau for Getty Images, via CBS News / 4-6 / Screenshots by Sarah Sarna /


Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Author at, empowering women to decorate and dress with confidence.