Lagerfeld”s latest “crush”: Alice Dellal is confirmed as new face of Chanel
It was a secret about as well-kept as Jessica Simpson”s pregnancy, but Alice Dellal has finally been named as Chanel”s latest muse.
The tomboy model – who famously sparked the trend for undercuts – will star in a Boy Chanel handbag campaign, shot by Karl Lagerfeld himself.
The designer label has also released a photo from the shoot.
Sneak preview: Chanel have released a photo from the shoot of Alice Dellal, starring in the new campaign shot by Karl Lagerfeld
A Chanel statement read: “The designer had a crush on this unique, charismatic young lady, who is both a model and musician, during a photo shoot several months ago.
“Alice Dellal represents the perfect incarnation of all that is unique about the Boy Chanel handbag collection, which strives far from conformist notions of femininity.
“Ultra-modern, refined and mysterious, Alice Dellal is the latest in the line of Chanel muses, each boasting their own inimitable allure.
The 24-year-old will be following in Chanel-shaped footsteps of Vanessa Paradis, Claudia Schiffer, Nicole Kidman and Keira Knightley.
Gossip Girl star Blake Lively is currently the face of the Mademoiselle range, and Lily Allen modelled for the Cocoon bag campaign back in 2009.
Latest muse: Model Alice Dellal, 24, is the face of Chanel Boy handbags
Now, 5″ 5″, Dellal has caught the eye of Chanel”s creative director Karl Lagerfeld who is known for his eclectic taste when it comes to picking brand ambassadors.
For Dellal is not your average model.
She is regularly spotted wearing her signature ripped fish nets, lots of black leather and lashings of liquid eye liner.
Dellal first gained exposure after working with Mario Testino on a shoot for French Vogue in 2003.
Three years later she signed with a model agency in London after deciding to pursue modeling full-time. The half British, half Brazilian has since worked for labels including Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Agent Provocateur, Alexander Wang, Valentino and Issa.
She describes her style icons as Wendy O Williams, the lead singer for the American punk band the Plasmatics, Drew Barrymore in the 1992 thriller Poison Ivy and her mother Andrea, who was a successful Brazilian model.
Explaining her fashion influences in an interview with The Telegraph earlier this year she said: “I wish I was more into clothes. I don”t know the current designers.
“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.”
Her grandfather Jack is a property tycoon worth around 500 million, while her brother, Alex, runs East London gallery 20 Hoxton Square and her sister, Charlotte, won the Best Accessory Designer at the British Fashion Awards this year under the name Charlotte Olympia.
Chanel”s creative director Karl Lagerfeld is known for his eclectic taste when it comes to picking brand ambassadors (pictured here with model Stella Tennant)
Dellal recently revealed that it was her sister who persuaded her to shave off some of her hair.
She said: “Charlotte actually suggested I have it my hair done like this. My brother and my Dad always used to shave their hair and I remember thinking “Why can”t I do the same”
“It”s kind of ironic that it was my sister”s idea, but I would give her total credit for it. The style”s becoming more normal though – I see quite a few girls with similar hair now.”
When she”s not modelling Dellal is a drummer in the all-girl rock group Thrush Metal.