Power pairing: Fan Bingbing wears Louis Vuitton's Capucines bag
Meet your new must-have bag, and the woman wielding it
Elegant, sensuously feminine and timelessly classic – qualities that not only describe Chinese superstar actress and Louis Vuitton brand ambassador Fan Bingbing, but also the French label's statement Capucines bag. The Capucines takes its name from the Rue des Capucines in Paris, where Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854.
In a spread shot by legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier, Fan Bingbing's charismatic grace is augmented by the intricate Japanese inspired Cruise 2018 pieces she wears, but it's the luxurious Capucines handbags that really steal our focus. In its many variations, it encapsulates the credibility and savoir-faire of a 163-year-old leathergoods-based maison with the on-the-go coolness of this jet-setting actress and modern fashion plate, to create a winning mix that is bound to find its place in the contemporary woman's wardrobe thanks to its spacious, functional build and undeniable good looks.
Here the 36-year-old actress shares with us her thoughts on fashion, the film industry and her enduring relationship with the house of Louis Vuitton, and shares insight into how she became the very embodiment of the statement bag she wields.
What is your perception of fashion?
Fashion is there to explore your unique and beautiful side, rather than to only be seen as a trend. Women are supposed to have peculiar senses and preferences.
How would you describe your style?
I prefer something comfortable yet eye-catching. It is a bit difficult to define my style.
What do you love most about designer Nicolas Ghesquière's work?
I feel all his pieces exude feminine strength, which reflects his idea of a woman. His aesthetic perfectly suits my fashion philosophy.
What are your favourite Louis Vuitton pieces from The cruise show you attended in Kyoto?
I have to say the show is the perfect combination of nature and metropolis, as well as the evolution from tradition to modernity. I am really fond of the pink lace gown that I wore at the Cannes Film Festival 70th Anniversary. That piece was actually inspired by the Cruise show in Kyoto. The other piece that I am keen on is the one that I wore at the Louis Vuitton perfume launch in Shanghai.
Louis Vuitton has a taste for strong women and especially actresses. Do you feel any pride being part of this group?
Absolutely. For years, women have been striving for empowerment. Louis Vuitton advances this message through the representation of outstanding women like Jennifer Connelly, Alicia Vikander, Lea Seydoux and Michelle Williams. I am honoured to be part of this tradition.
Did you always want to become an actress?
I dreamt of being an actress when I was a little girl because I was intrigued by the people in TV and movies. That's why I devoted myself to this amazing career and have never stopped since.
How was the experience of being a Cannes jury member?
It was the most memorable experience in my life. They were two amazing weeks, because it felt like a vacation to me. I got to watch many great films from around the world and have rich discussions with the rest of the jury. I was inspired by their ideas and opinions of the films and the stories behind them.
You've always stood for Chinese independent cinema as one of the most famous actresses in china. Is it important to preserve these kinds of movies?
There are plenty of unforgettable pieces of art among independent films. A group of excellent directors in China have been pursuing their dreams through their passion for film making and I completely support them.
What is your favourite movie?
I like the Palme d'Or film The Square by Ruben Östlund and The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola, who won the best director award at Cannes.
Have you ever wanted to move to Los Angeles to work in the Hollywood industry?
I haven't thought about it even though Los Angeles is one of my favourite cities.
What is the best advice you've been given?
To always be kind and act with your heart.
This feature first appeared in the November 2017 issue of ELLE Malaysia.