It’s refreshing to see a model who challenges the conventional guidelines of being a monotonous, childlike blank canvas. Now and again there’s someone who is as interesting as the clothes they’re wearing.
Adopted as Karl Lagerfeld’s muse for the new ‘Boy’ Chanel bag, Alice Dellal is a fitting face. Lagerfeld’s reported ‘crush’ on the 24-year-old Brazilian has brought her to the attention of many, including Marc by Marc Jacobs who has also made her the face of its SS12 campaign.
That’s not to say she’s new to the world of fashion. She has an impressive background dominating the covers of worldwide glossies and catwalks of iconic designers since she began to model in 2003.
Sure, being the heiress to the fortune of a property tycoon will have helped to propel her name but there’s something about Alice Dellal which screams now.
Her androgynous image is in sync with the continuous trend, which has been present for several seasons. Dellal, with her half-shaven head and petite yet masculine frame, is a punk embodiment not seen since the likes of Agyness Deyn.
Rock and Roll go skull-ringed hand in skull-ringed hand with fashion and Dellal, as drummer of the band Thrush Metal, pours her metal core into her look. Her musical soul and presence certainly has an air of Moss about it and she even followed in her footsteps as her replacement as the face of Agent Provocateur in 2008.
Although being ironically feminised in the first glimpses of Lagerfeld’s latest production, Dellal oozes feminine power and uniqueness, a face which won’t fade away for a while.