>> Lara Stone to Marry This Weekend? —Wondering why Chanel favorite Lara Stone was altogether missing from this week's Chanel Cruise 2011 festivities? The reason to blame may be because she's in the midst of wedding preparations. British tabloids have been reporting that Lara, who got engaged in January to British comedian David Walliams, has selected this Saturday, May 15, to hold her wedding at Claridge's in London — and there's a star-studded guest list of 200-plus. Now, Style.com corroborates the date: "We hear from Saint-Tropez that Lara Stone is getting hitched this weekend. We’ll believe it when we see it, but…" Stone asked Riccardo Tisci to make her dress. [Mirror.co.uk, The Sun, Style File]
>> Set on the French Riviera in Saint Tropez with the models arriving on motorboats from a yacht in the harbor, Chanel's Cruise 2011 show reflected the '70s throwback party atmosphere emulated in Karl Lagerfeld's short film shown last night. Natasha Poly opened barefoot in a pastel print dress, and Karolina Kurkova and Abbey Lee Kershaw danced down the runway in knits. Toni Garrn and Jacquetta Wheeler made runway returns, and Crystal Renn, riding the current "plus size model" wave, made a cameo.
For the finale, front rowers like Anna Mougalis, Carine Roitfeld, Andre Leon Talley in a green cape, Emmanuelle Alt, Diane Kruger, Vanessa Paradis, and Franca Sozzani witnessed Lagerfeld's bodyguard Sebastien Jondeau pulling up on a motorcycle (which temporarily stalled) with Georgia May Jagger on the back. Then, appropriately, to a Rolling Stones soundtrack, Lagerfeld appeared in a purple jacket for his bow — and Abbey Lee threw her arm around Karl's shoulder.
>> Chanel's latest short film, which debuted last night in Saint Tropez before guests — in town to preview the brand's Cruise 2011 show today — played a rousing game of petanque, is now online. The 17-minute film features Abbey Lee Kershaw as a Jane Birkin lookalike, Freja Beha Erichsen channeling Mick Jagger, and Magdalena Frackowiak emulating Brigitte Bardot.
Lagerfeld, who wrote, directed, and makes a cameo in the film, said Monday: “When I do a film, I see the movie before I’ve made it. I don’t make scripts because it’s written in my head. I like short one-liners.” And Heidi Mount, who plays a party hostess, added: “There’s a script, but it’s basically Karl telling you what he wants. He has the whole thing up in his head.”
>> Model Talk: Crystal Renn to Walk Chanel Resort Show Tomorrow; Ymre Stiekema Returns to Modeling Full-Time —We got a preview of Karl Lagerfeld's new short film earlier today, but one castmember who wasn't revealed until tonight's screening in Saint Tropez, where the Chanel Resort 2011 show takes place tomorrow: Georgia May Jagger as Brigitte Bardot. Will she walk in the show? She's definitely in Saint Tropez taking part in the festivities, as is Crystal Renn, who's reportedly confirmed to walk. And a bit more model news, while we're at it: Prada's former campaign exclusive Ymre Stiekema is reportedly back from her modeling break starting June 10, after finishing her studies this Summer. [@Grazia_Live, @LisaTant, @LisaTant, TFS, digital diamonds]
>> First Look: Karl Lagerfeld's New Short Film, Remember Now —Last night's flight from New York to Nice, transporting a number of journalists and Karolina Kurkova to Saint Tropez for Chanel's Cruise 2011 presentation tomorrow, was delayed by six hours due to volcanic ash, but it ended up landing just fine this morning. Kurkova appears in Karl Lagerfeld's new short film, Remember Now, to be presented at the show tomorrow, along with actors Elisa Sednaoui and Pascal Greggory in the leading roles, and Freja Beha Erichsen, Magdalena Frackowiak, Baptiste Giabiconi, Sebastien Jondeau, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Leigh Lezark, and Heidi Mount supporting. The trailer, below. [Chanel News]
>> Heidi Mount to Star in Karl Lagerfeld's Next Short Film; 2011 Pirelli Calendar to Include "Three or Four Boys" —Short films have become de rigeur for Chanel's pre-collection shows, and the upcoming Cruise 2011 season is no exception. Lagerfeld is shooting a minimovie shortly, starring Heidi Mount and French actor Pascal Greggory, which will be shown along with the collection on May 11 — press and VIPs will take it all in from the Cafe Senequier terrace in Saint Tropez. Lagerfeld, who is wrapping up shooting on the 2011 Pirelli calendar today, let slip that in addition to the usual cast of girls, his calendar will include “three or four boys in it, too.” The calendar will be unveiled Nov. 30 in Moscow. [WWD, @LiveFashionWeek]
>> Haider Ackermann Named Guest of Honor at Upcoming Pitti W — The last two Pitti W events in Florence, where women's designers showcase their pre-collections, have hosted Proenza Schouler and Giles as the guest of honor. For the upcoming fair, from June 15 to 18, Haider Ackermann has been named the honoree; he's expected to unveil a special collection designed specifically for the event — even though he typically does not produce pre-collections — that will possibly be commercialized. [WWD]
>> Marion Cotillard Back for Third Round as Lady Dior —Marion Cotillard has embodied Lady Noir on the Eiffel Tower and Lady Rouge on the Brooklyn Bridge for Christian Dior, and now she's back as Lady Blue in Shanghai, with the Oriental Pearl Tower prominently placed in the background of the new Steven Klein-lensed ads. The third edition of the four-chapter series features a 12-minute film directed by David Lynch that was shot in Shanghai last December and will debut on Ladydior.com May 15, the same day John Galliano shows Dior’s Cruise 2011 collection in Shanghai. “In the David Lynch film, Marion is reciting a poem that he wrote, and was inspired by the Pearl Tower itself,” Galliano explained. “The words and building fuse in the picture he paints on-screen. Shanghai is such a vibrant and inspiring city.” [WWD]