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A peek into Disney+ orignal series Becoming Karl Lagerfeld

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A peek into Disney+ orignal series Becoming Karl Lagerfeld

Disney+ this week revealed the trailer for Becoming Karl Lagerfeld…

Between friendships, rivalries, betrayals, and passions and set against the backdrop of Parisian nights in the 70s, this Original French Disney+ creation is produced by Gaumont and Jour Premier and will be available to stream on the platform on June 7 in the UK and on Hulu in the US.

In 1972, Karl Lagerfeld (Daniel Brühl) is 38 and not yet wearing his iconic hairstyle. He is a ready-to-wear designer, unknown to the general public. While he meets and falls in love with the sultry Jacques de Bascher (Théodore Pellerin), an ambitious and troubling young dandy, the most mysterious of fashion designers dares to take on his friend (and rival) Yves Saint Laurent (Arnaud Valois), a genius of haute couture backed by the redoubtable businessman Pierre Bergé (Alex Lutz).

Becoming Karl Lagerfeld plunges us into the heart of the 70s, in Paris, Monaco and Rome, to follow the formidable blossoming of this complex and iconic personality of Parisian couture, already driven by the ambition to become the Emperor of fashion. Between glamour and clashes of egos, grandiose parties and destructive passions, discover the story of Karl before Lagerfeld.

A story told for the first time on screen and adapted from the bestseller “Kaiser Karl” by Raphaëlle Bacqué (published by Albin Michel) that brings together a star-studded cast.

Actor Daniel Brühl appears as the couturier, parade Théodore Pellerin as Jacques de Bascher and Arnaud Valois as Yves Saint Laurent. Alex Lutz plays Pierre Bergé. Agnès Jaoui plays Gabrielle Aghion, the founder of the Chloé fashion house who made a major contribution to his fame.

The series also highlights the fashion and cultural personalities who rubbed shoulders with Karl Lagerfeld at the time. Jeanne Damas, fashion designer and actress in “La Sincérité” and “Rock’n Roll”, lends her features to Paloma Picasso, and singer-songwriter and model Claire Laffut to those of Loulou de La Falaise. Legendary actress Marlene Dietrich is played by Sunnyi Melles, seen in the 2022 Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Sadness”. Andy Warhol is played by Paul Spera (“On the Line”, “On the Basis of Sex”, “Marie-Antoinette”).

Rounding out the couture cast is German actress Lisa Kreuzer (whose eclectic career includes films by Wim Wenders, Patrice Chéreau, Amos Gitaï and the “Dark” series) as Karl’s mother, Elisabeth Lagerfeld. Music for the series has been entrusted to Evgueni and Sacha Galperine (“Oussekine”, “By the Grace of God”, “The Undoing”, “Baron noir”, “The Night Doctor”, “Happening”, “Scene from a Marriage”).

Disney+ is available from £4.99 per month.

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