Making a rare public appearance, actress Keira Knightley stepped out in Paris just in time for Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2022 runway show amid Haute Couture Week. Sitting in the coveted front row alongside A-listers like Marion Cotillard and Lucy Boynton, Knightley attended with her husband of nine years and father of her two children, musician James Righton.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actress opted for a lace and velvet LBD from Chanel’s creative director Virginie Viard. With a dainty bow perched at her sternum, the halter-neckline featured a panel of delicate lace trim. Floating down right above her ankles, Knightley sported Mary-Jane Chanel block heels, along with a black leather Chanel handbag, a pair of black sunnies, and an assemblage of silver rings, wearing her brunette bob styled in soft, crimped waves.
A friend of the brand since 2007, Knightly has long epitomized the quintessential Chanel woman since taking the reins from Kate Moss as the face of the Mademoiselle Coco Chanel fragrance at the mere age of 21. From there, the star would go on to appear as the face of the brand’s Rouge Coco lipstick, and then the house’s Coco Crush fine jewelry line.
With her style comprising of equal parts effortlessness and elegance, the longtime Chanel ambassador knows exactly how to implement a unique twist on classic French girl dressing. Simplistic and chic, if anyone knows how to nail Chanel’s archetypal style, it’s Keira Knightley.
The movie star last attended the French fashion house’s Cruise 2020 runway show in Paris, and since then, she has since begun to helm the Chanel Book club as host, reading a Virginia Woolf passage during London Fashion Week last fall.
Since Knightley has plenty of experience starring in period pieces and adaptations from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, it makes her the perfect woman for the job.
Set to appear in 20th Century Studios’ upcoming Matt Ruskin film, Boston Strangler, Knightley will star as the real-life reporter Loretta McLaughlin, per Deadline.
The first journalist to link the murders to one serial killer, McLaughlin and her colleague Jean Cole worked hard to keep the women of Boston informed, challenging the gender norms of the mid-century. Joined by The Gilded Age‘s Carrie Coon, Alessandro Nivola, Chris Cooper, and more, the film is expected to be released in 2023.