Friday, 23 March 2012

Oh Boy, Chanel

While you may be forgiven for thinking that Alice Dellal and Chanel seem like an incongruous pairing - Dellal being best known for her punk sensibilities and undercut hairstyle - the 24-year-old model who was handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld to front his latest 'Boy Chanel' handbag campaign is veritable fashion royalty. Goddaughter of Mario Testino, daughter of Brazilian supermodel Andrea and sister of genius shoe designer Charlotte, it was only a matter of time before major labels snapped her up.

Dellal has been out of the spotlight for the last few years, having modelled for the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Agent Provocateur in the past, but is enjoying somewhat of a comeback this season also fronting a major campaign for Marc by Marc Jacobs.

See the gorgeous Karl Lagerfeld-shot Boy Chanel campaign below:

I love the compromise met between Alice's own personal style that she has become known for and the classic ladylike Chanel look. The French fashion house commented on Lagerfeld's casting of the half-British half-Brazilian model to WWD saying, "Alice Dellal represents the perfect incarnation of all that is unique about the Boy Chanel handbag collection, which strives to be far from conformist notions of femininity."

The line itself is completely covetable and something a bit more off-beat than your average 2.55, taking a cue from their name these bags are harder and more masculine but still a solid contender for 'classic' style status. I'm really into the pared-down chic manifested in simplified geometric shapes and a variety of colours.

More soon.

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