Following in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, and Keira Knightley, in March 2012, ALICE DELLAL will debut as the latest addition to a long lineage of Chanel muses. Ms. Dellal will be the new face of the Boy Chanel handbag campaign.
Of the 24-year-old half British, half Brazilian, London-based, socialite-turned-model, Chanel representatives say, “…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. …[u]ltra-modern, refined and mysterious”
In contrast with Chanel predecessors, Dellal might seem like an unlikely choice. A drummer for band Thrush Metal, she wears a nose ring, a half-shaved head, and is known for her signature punk-rock style of ripped fish nets and black leather. Explaining her aesthetic influences in an interview with The Telegraph in 2011, Dellal states, “My style used to be a tame version of me and it’s getting more and more drastic, and is probably going to get really really weird towards the end. Be afraid.” We are actually neither afraid nor surprised, by Lagerfeld’s draw to her. As Creative Director, KL is known for his always eclectic casting choices for the campaigns he photographs himself.
En hommage to Dellal for Boy Chanel, I’ve composed an interior inspired by an image of her from the CHANEL Paris-Bombay Métiers d’Art 2011/12 show and a behind-the-scenes shot of Lagerfeld photographing her for the upcoming campaign. Our interior for her merges her London Calling look with 19th Century Haussmanian-era Parisian pieces, a bit of 70’s marble, a brushstroke of wild silk (reminiscent of Dellal’s penchant for a-lotta-liquid-liner), and an overarching classic-chic sensibility à la Coco CHANEL.
Sources / 01 / “Henley Damask” Curtain Fabric, G. P. & J. Baker for Lee Jofa / “Galliera” Trimming & Tassels, Houles / 02 / Rock Crystal Maison Bagues Chandelier, France, 1920, Marvin Alexander / 03 / Gilded Fauteuil in the style of Louis XV, France,1900, Susanne Hollis / 04 / Cantilevered Italian Marble & Glass Coffee Table, USA, 1970s, Assemblage / 05 / Wild Silk “Border” Rug, Fort Street Studio / 06 / “Mayweather” Tufted Back Sofa with Polished Silver-Plated Legs, Upholstered in Silk Velvet, Khouri Guzman Bunce Limited at Interior Connector / 07 / Regency Giltwood Mirror, France, Early 18th Century, Daniel Barney / 08 / Flowering Yamabuki Two Panel Folding Screen, Japan, 1930’s, Erik Thomsen Asian Art / 09 / Travertine & Bone Drum Tables With Circle Relief Details, USA, 1960’s, Assemblage / 10 / Skull Printed Rabbit Fur Pillow, Maison de Vacance at Calypso St. Barth /
Image of Alice Dellal / Chanel News /