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Chanel coaxes Cara Delevingne out of modelling retirement to show off new eyewear collection
Cara Delevingne has been very vocal about how she is done with modelling, and has little intention of doing the grueling fashion week circuit ever again. But if anyone can persuade Cara to take time out from her film career for a modelling gig, it's Karl Lagerfeld.
The 23-year-old is the face of Chanel's SS16 eyewear campaign, sporting sunglasses and glasses along with tweed and backwards caps from Lagerfeld's airlines-themed collection. The house teased the campaign back in February, but the full campaign has now been released.
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London-born Delevingne is one of Lagerfeld's favourite faces. She has closed numerous of his shows as the prestigious 'couture bride', fronted a number of his campaigns for both Chanel and Fendi - where he is creative director - and now she has 'retired' from the catwalk, is a front row fixture at the Chanel show. At the Chanel Haute Couture show in February, Karl even permitted her to bring her dog Leo to the front row.
"She's a character," Karl Lagerfeld said of Cara in an interview with The Sunday Times. "She's the Charlie Chaplin of the fashion world. She is kind of genius, like a character out of a silent movie. I would see her better in a silent movie than a talkie because she over-accents the movement. Girls admire her like they used to Kate Moss. They all want to be as free as her."
The model turned actress has said in a number of interviews that modelling has never been her main passion. She explained to The Guardian: "What bothers me, I guess, is when I get these messages from girls on Twitter, and they're like, 'God, you're my idol, I really admire you.' It's like, 'Admire me for what? What have I done?' It's not that being in a Burberry campaign, or walking in a Chanel show is nothing. It's just... I know I can do more"