At the end of last month, Keira Knightley was unveiled as one of the stars of Chanel’s new J12 watch campaign, one of the subjects of a new video series alongside Naomi Campbell, Lily-Rose Depp and her mom, Vanessa Paradis, Claudia Schiffer, Liu Wen, and several others. And at a cocktail party celebrating the collection in Paris Thursday night, just a few days later, Knightley had another big reveal lined up: She’s pregnant with her second child with husband James Righton.
Knightley appeared at the party, along with Righton, formerly of the British nü-rave band Klaxons, in a short-sleeved, empire-waisted Chanel dress in white and pinky-beige, her burgeoning bump on full display. (Last month, she appeared at another Chanel party in a loose-fitting ruffled gown, shrouding the bump.) Later in the evening, Righton and Knightley attended the Chanel Cruise 2020 show at the Grand Palais, longtime Chanel designer Virginie Viard’s first solo outing since the death of Karl Lagerfeld in February of this year. There, she sat in the front row in another empire-waisted gown, this one black with flutter cap sleeves and appliqué flowers, a v-neck and a delicate bow tied at her throat.
The couple’s first daughter, Edie, was born in 2015 and celebrates her fourth birthday next month; last year, Knightley published an essay as part of the collection Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies). In the essay, entitled “The Weaker Sex” and dedicated to her daughter, Knightley details the visceral, physical experience of giving birth: “My vagina split, you came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming. They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, your head misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming,” she writes. She goes on to compare this to the manicured, public-facing impression women—like Kate Middleton, who gave birth around the same time as Knightley—are expected to present to the public. “Don’t show your battleground, Kate,” she writes, addressing the Duchess of Cambridge. “Don’t show. Don’t tell.” (Middleton has struggled with hyperemesis gravidarum during all three of her pregnancies, making this “battleground” seemingly even harder fought.)
Keira Knightley currently stars in the World War II-set period drama The Aftermath and will next appear in the ’70s pageant drama Misbehavior, opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Suki Waterhouse, and Lesley Manville.
15 Sexy Ways To Wear Your Jeans, Courtesy of Kate Moss, Irina Shayk, And Cara Delevingne
Kate Moss wears a down-to-there button up shirt and up-to-there denim cut-offs in the September 2014 issue of W, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
A full denim outfit is always a good idea. Try a Canadian Tuxedo, or opt for Kiera Knightley’s denim bra and jacket combo, as seen in the September 2008 issue of W, photographed by Olivier Borde.
Lea Seydoux wears a denim jumpsuit and cowboy boots in her October 2013 W cover story, just as her film ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ shot her to stardom. Photographed by Craig McDean.
Styling your jeans sans shirt is always an option on a hot summer day, a la Victoria and David Beckham in W‘s August 2007 issue, shot by Steven Klein.
Denim minis are making a come back, as are cowboy boots – Lady Jean Campbell wears both as she traveled around America in the June/July 2016 issue of W, photographed by Venetia Scott.
Pair straight-leg jeans with a Mongolian fur, cozy sweater, and knee-high boot for a bohemian fall look, as seen in TK issue, shot by Emma Summerton for the November 2014 issue of W.
Anna Ewers is vacation chic in a button-down denim dress for W‘s May 2017 issue, photographer by Venetia Scott.
Adwoa Aboah and Cara Delevigne wear their denim jeans with oversized shearling jackets for the October 2014 issue of W, shot by Alasdair McLellan.
Edita Vilkeviciute wears dark-hued straight-leg denim in a photo shoot with Tom Cruise for the June 2012 issue of W.
Russian supermodel Irina Shayk opts for a more feminine denim jacket in the February 2017 issue of W, shot by Alasdair McLellan.
Show off your midriff like Taraji P. Henson, as she did for the August 2015 cover, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Head-to-toe denim is always a good idea. Lady-like denim dresses are worn by Anna Ewers, Lara stone, Ondria Hardin, Frederikke Sofie, and Jamilla Hoogenboom in the August 2016 issue, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Supermodels Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss, Lara Stone, and Raquel Zimmermann pair their denim with neon for the November 2014 cover, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Anna Ewers goes for a classic take on denim, wearing a high waisted straight-leg jean and a turtleneck on the November 2014 cover photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Hailey Baldwin wears a flare jean in the perfect shade of blue for W’s February 2015 issue, photographed by Justin Borbely.