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Sofia Coppola directs the new Calvin Klein underwear campaign—a star-studded affair celebrating women ages 18 to 70. It features Lauren Hutton, Rashida Jones, Maya Hawke, Chase Sui Wonders, Nathalie Love, and Laura Harrier together with frequent Coppola collaborator Kirsten Dunst. Each actress, handpicked by the director, reveals and gives insight into a distinctly female world.
Sofia Coppola directs the new Calvin Klein underwear campaign—a star-studded affair celebrating women ages 18 to 70.
It features Lauren Hutton, Rashida Jones, Maya Hawke, Chase Sui Wonders, Nathalie Love, and Laura Harrier together with frequent Coppola collaborator Kirsten Dunst. Each actress, handpicked by the director, reveals and gives insight into a distinctly female world.
No one shows us women in quite the same way Sofia Coppola does. Beginning in 1999, with her adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, the writer-director has made a series of unique, deeply atmospheric films filled with characters the likes of which none of us had ever seen before. “I wanted young women to have something that treated them with respect and understanding,” Coppola says. And in her stories that speak to the meaningful moments of adolescence and young adulthood—a first crush, a first kiss—all appointed and photographed in accordance with her elegantly pop aesthetic, she has done just that.
It is with this same mission and style that Coppola has created the new Calvin Klein underwear campaign celebrating women—one which she feels proud to fit into the brand’s storied tradition of scantily clad iconography. “I just love Calvin Klein’s whole very American idea of women—and men, too,” she says. “The old Avedon commercials with Andie MacDowell, the ’90s images of Kate Moss…I feel like those images made a big impression on me in my formative years.”
And it is interesting that, on some psychic level, one could map a kind of inspirational heritage from those early Calvin Klein ads to Coppola’s opening image in Lost in Translation, of a young woman lying on a bed in semitransparent panties—one of the most iconic images of undies in recent memory—and back to her campaign for Calvin Klein, starring Lauren Hutton, Rashida Jones, Maya Hawke, Chase Sui Wonders, Nathalie Love, Laura Harrier, and frequent collaborator Kirsten Dunst. “I just put together some of my favorite girls,” the director says, “and I thought it was so cool to see women from 18 to 70 in this playful, sexy way.”
Considering the sensitivity with which she has portrayed women within the rest of her work, it is unsurprising that Coppola relished the political dimension of this project, presenting women in their underwear through the female gaze. “I’ve really appreciated doing the opposite of a lot of lingerie ads we see,” she says. “I wanted cool, smart women. And I was very proud that we had two Harvard graduates in our group. They have real bodies. And I think they relate to me, and to the camera, in a different way—they’re not so much like goddesses; they’re more approachable.”
KIRSTEN DUNST —actress, writer, and director. Dunst made her film debut at age 7 and received her first Golden Globe nomination at 12 (Interview With the Vampire). In 2011, she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in Melancholia. This summer, the actress continues her collaborative partnership with Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette), starring in The Beguiled.
LAUREN HUTTON — icon and actress. When she moved to New York in the early ’60s, Hutton waited tables at the Playboy Club before taking up modeling and changing the face, quite literally, of American fashion. She made her film debut in 1968, in Paper Lion, and starred in the classics The Gambler and American Gigolo. Hutton and Sofia Coppola have been family friends for more than 30 years.
RASHIDA JONES — actress, director, producer, screenwriter, musician, and activist. After gaining wide recognition for her roles in The Office and Parks and Recreation, Jones starred in the film Celeste & Jesse Forever, in 2012, which she cowrote. Last year, she was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for her writing of the first episode of Black Mirror’s third season. She is presently starring in the comedy series Angie Tribeca, of which she is also an executive producer and sometime director. The much-anticipated Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, a docuseries based on her 2015 Emmy-nominated documentary, debuts in April.
MAYA HAWKE — actress, model, and student. New York native Hawke grew up part of the time in Woodstock and has recently returned to the city to study acting at The Juilliard School, where she is finishing her first year.
NATHALIE LOVE — producer and actress. After an early appearance in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere in 2010, L. A. native Love earned roles in Palo Alto and 20th Century Women. She recently produced and starred in the digital series That’s What She Said and cofounded the women’s creative collection We the Women, which just wrapped its first theater production, Women of Manhattan, in Los Angeles.
LAURA HARRIER — actress. After moving to New York from her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, Harrier studied acting at the William Esper Studio and quickly landed parts in the film The Last Five Years (2014) and in the pilot for the HBO show Codes of Conduct. This summer, she plays Liz Allan in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Chase Sui Wonders
CHASE SUI WONDERS — writer, director, actor, and student. Wonders is presently a junior at Harvard University, studying film and working on The Harvard Lampoon. She first began acting at the encouragement of campaign director Sofia Coppola—a family friend through Wonders’s aunt, fashion designer Anna Sui.