TARA SWENNEN

TARA SWENNEN

WHEN KRISTEN MET KARL

Stylist Tara Swennen on doing haute couture with Chanel and a dear client.

Kristen Stewart at the F/W 2013 Chanel couture show in Paris, photograph by Pascal Le Segretain

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.

Models walk the runway at the F/W 2013 Chanel couture show, photograph by Francois Mori

Inside the F/W 2013 Chanel couture show, photograph by Pascal Le Segretain

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

Did you see? Stylist Liz Cabral gets lost in Paris, model Gemma Ward takes The Thick Questionnaire.

From left: Michael Pitt and Stewart, photograph by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff; Tara Swennen and Stewart, photograph courtesy of Tara Swennen; designer Karl Lagerfeld with models, photograph by Charles Platiau