WHEN KRISTEN MET KARL
Stylist Tara Swennen on doing haute couture with Chanel and a dear client.
“ In the summer of 2013, I went to Paris with Kristen Stewart to attend Haute Couture Fashion Week for the first time.
We went [as guests] of Chanel, and it was lovely. Kristen and I had been working together for several years at that point, so it was really more like a family vacation. We stayed at Le Meurice, across the street from the Jardin des Tuileries.
The trip was jam packed with dinners, drinks, and events.
Kristen and I went to two shows together: Zuhair Murad, which was small — only two rows — and Chanel, which was on a much grander scale.
That show was at the Grand Palais, and it was a sweltering 105 degrees, so everyone was sweating in their Chanel looks.
Kristen wore the classic tweed blazer, which we mixed up with some leather gloves and [weather-appropriate] cut-offs. She got a LOT of attention.
This was before she starred in the Chanel campaigns; by the time we returned the following year, Kristen was the face of the brand.
— as told to The Thick