For Chanel's Paris in Rome Metiers d'Art collection, brand creative director Lagerfeld depicts Kristen as an Italian movie star, getting her to pose in a black mini-dress with one shoulder exposed, her toned legs visible through lacy tights and her hair tousled.

The adverts, which are set to debut in magazines in June (16), mark the latest collaboration between the American actress and the German couturier, with the 25-year-old describing Lagerfeld as a pleasure to work with on the photoshoot.

“Karl never turns me into something I’m not," she told WWD. "But like all good directors, he is capable of bringing qualities out of people that are sometimes not as obvious to them.”

Kristen added that Lagerfeld provides an environment for a story to unfold and ranked the new campaign as one of her best yet, describing it as "so complete and transportive".

The affection is mutual, with Lagerfeld championing the On the Road star as a natural fit for the French fashion house.

“She is a real personality. I don’t compare her to any other actress and she is really modern, whatever that means,” he explained. “And I think that she is perfect for the Chanel image of today."

For the shoot, Lagerfeld was inspired by Yvonne Furneaux, a French actress who appeared in Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic, La Dolce Vita.

Lagerfeld and Twilight actress Kristen have collaborated several times together, including when he cast her as a young Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel for a short film which he screened with the unveiling of the Metiers d'Art collection in December last year (15).

Kristen, who will next be seen in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, set to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival next month (May16), has also appeared in Chanel campaigns for eyewear, the 11.12 handbag collection and an eye make-up line.