Monday, July 6, 2015

Stylist Tara Swennen talks about Kristen and Chanel for The Thick

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."