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Keira Knight­ley daz­zled in a black, se­quin em­bel­lished, capelet dress by Chanel at a pri­vate screen­ing for the ac­tress’ new film, “Co­lette,” hosted by the French lux­ury brand at the Cur­zon in May­fair, Lon­don. The movie will be re­leased on Jan. 25 across the U.K.

Di­rected by Wash West­more­land, “Co­lette” is a biopic about French novelist Si­donie-Gabrielle Co­lette who ran in the same so­cial cir­cle as Coco Chanel and was best known for her modern views of sex­u­al­ity. Knight­ley, who plays Co­lette, spoke about the movie’s in­flu­ence and her in­ter­est in por­tray­ing the char­ac­ter.

“That’s what I loved about it so much, you could see this and think ‘Gosh, this was over a 100 years ago yet it still feels so cur­rent.’ It talks about things we are very much talk­ing about now with gen­der-pol­i­tics and sex­u­alpol­i­tics,” Knight­ley said of the film, which cen­ters around Co­lette’s tran­si­tion from a young adult, 19, into her mid-30s.

The movie also has per­sonal ties to the ac­tress, whose mother was a writer and an avid fan of Co­lette. “I think this is sort of my love story to my mom. There is this amaz­ing thing about writ­ers, that mag­i­cal place that they go to, so I loved play­ing Co­lette and cre­at­ing that space for her,” Knight­ley said.

Cos­tume de­signer An­drea Flesch, brought Co­lette’s char­ac­ter — and the turn of the cen­tury Paris — roar­ing to life through em­broi­dered waist­coats, ca­ble-knit sweaters, trouser suits and cropped blaz­ers, rem­i­nis­cent of Thir­ties Chanel. In the same way Co­lette’s words in print have not aged, her cloth­ing also holds a

stag­ger­ingly modern weight.

— HAN­NAH CON­NOLLY

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