Every year, the week leading up to Oscar Sunday is action-packed with star-studded parties, and this year, Wednesday night in Los Angeles belonged to Chanel.
It was a scene outside the party doors, where a throng of it girls and celebrity offspring—Ava Phillippe, Billie Lourd, Dylan Brosnan, Clara McGregor, Jack Kilmer, Sasha Spielberg, Levi Dylan, and the Stallone sisters, to name a few—made their way down the red carpet.
But every party has its most anticipated guest, and at Chanel, unsurprisingly, it was house ambassador Kristen Stewart, who pulled up in an black SUV with girlfriend and model Stella Maxwell. (Mackenzie Foy, the actress who played Stewart's on-screen daughter in the Twilight series was in attendance, as well.)
“My first few interactions with them, I was quite young and always made to feel very much myself,” Stewart said of working with the brand all these years. “Whatever sort of attribute that was the most distinct at the time, was never submerged but always highlighted and that always made me feel like it’s kind of the opposite of how most fashion houses work, which is ‘oh we want you to be this certain thing’, and as an actor, you go down the carpets, you have to wear clothes that people talk about, and they like and blah, blah.”
Stewart, who confirmed news to ET during the event that she is up for a role on Elizabeth Banks’ Charlie's Angels reboot, was in good spirits.
“When I was younger, that’s kind of how I approached it. I was like, ‘yeah whatever I’m supposed to do, I’ll do that’,” she continued “But when I met [the Chanel team], and I actually developed relationships with them, I realized that they were so genuine and such true, compulsive artists. That's not dissimilar from making a good movie with someone who wants to tell a story. So, I just kind of stuck with it, and I’m so lucky to have ever met them.”
The house was celebrating the launch of its newest Instagram account, @welovecoco, following the unveiling of @chanel.beauty, an account dedicated, of course, to all things beauty. The handle @welovecoco, on the other hand, is a user-generated account that will essentially fuel fan engagement by reposting content created by beauty enthusiasts and “influencers” within the Chanel family. Inside the party, guests tried on Chanel lip shades and wandered around snapping shots in the extremely Instagram-friendly space aka the “Chanel house”—which included a Chanel-filled bedroom, closet and bathroom with a pearl filled tub, which everyone was welcomed to get into.
Back outside, among the swarm, a guest introduced actress Kiernan Shipka to 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim. The two exchanged casual hellos.
“She just won gold,” said the guest after a moment.
“What the f*ck,” exclaimed Shipka, 18. “I have so much respect. That’s fantastic, so cool.”
The two were decked out in head-to-toe Chanel, like many of the VIPs at the party including the Haim sisters, who said their matching looks channeled Destiny’s Child.
Odeya Rush, who was in the Oscar-nominated film Lady Bird (Best Picture, Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf and Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Greta Gerwig), said she wouldn’t be attending the award ceremony this weekend but would most definitely party with the cast post-show.
“It’s amazing to see that they’re the same people [they’ve always been],” she said of her costars, particularly Timothée Chalamet, who had a breakout year and is up for Best Actor for Call Me by Your Name, which is also nominated for Best Picture. “[Timothée is] such a nice person and really cares about his craft, so I think he deserves it all the way.”
Nearby, stood Stormi Henley, the model best known as Stormi Bree, who made headlines recently for sharing a name with Kylie Jenner’s baby girl. “It was really funny,” said Henley of the attention. “I was actually shooting when the news broke, because when I picked my phone back up, it was really hectic. Kylie is so sweet. I’ve met her a couple of times...and I’m a new mom too, so I support young, new moms...We could use more Stormis.”
There was also Cindy Crawford and Sharon Stone, who dashed past photographers, Swedish pop star Tove Lo, who was the performer for the night and excited for her “first Chanel experience”, singing her hits “Cool Girl” and “Habits”, as well as a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” (“I’ve worked really hard not to fuck it up and make a good version.”), and 20-year-old newcomer Cailee Spaeny, who’s one to watch after her acting debut in Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim Uprising with three other projects coming out this year that’s had her working alongside Amy Adams, Felicity Jones, and Dakota Johnson.
“It feels crazy, surreal, and I do wake up, and I’m like where am I, what’s happening?” said Spaeny. “I came from a small town in the Midwest, and now I’m out here doing stuff like this...I drove back and forth in a minivan for like 4 years visiting L.A...I booked Pacific Rim [Uprising] from Missouri from a self tape, so I went and filmed it for six months and then right after that, I went from China straight to L.A. and haven’t gone back [to Missouri] since.”