We've been keeping tabs on Alice Dellal for quite some time now, admiring her cutting-edge hairstyle and commitment to grunge-inspired outfits from afar. The young heiress/model possesses a signature style (partially shaved head, predilection for beat-up leather jackets, smudged charcoal eyeliner) that is refreshingly uncommon-especially in comparison to typical red carpet polish we see all the time. It's rare to find someone in the public eye with such a daring fashion perspective, so we commend Dellal for her risky looks and are certain that you'll find her an inspiring Girl of the Month.
Dellal's personal taste alone warrants the spotlight treatment, but recent developments in her budding career cemented her one-to-watch status. As the granddaughter of a British real-estate mogul, Jack Dellal, and daughter of a Brazilian model, Andrea Dellal, it's clear the young Alice was blessed with good fortune. She's been living up to genetic expectations thus far, and has already been photographed by her godfather, the esteemed fashion photographer Mario Testino, for Paris Vogue, walked the runway for Vivienne Westwood's F/W 08 show, and is rumored to be the new face/form for Agent Provocateur. Though no official statement has been released, word on the street is that she completed a racy new campaign with AP to be released this fall. If this isn't proof enough, consider the following: the brilliant Alexander Wang is "obsessed" with Dellal and used her in the campaign for his collaboration with Uniqlo.
Considering the way she's been anointed by some of the world's key tastemakers, it's clear the fashion world is enthusiastic about Dellal. No doubt this is in part due to her idiosyncratic look and wardrobe. The way she puts herself together-flannel top peeking out from a leather jacket, punky jewelry pieces, hardcore combat boots-results in a Janet Livermore from Singles/Seattle plaid/early nineties cornucopia that, oddly enough, feels very genuine. While Dellal has this distinctly tomboyish side, she also brings a subversive sexuality to her outfits via barely-there patterned black stockings, blonde Botticelli curls, and skyscraper heels. The play of slacker-rocker against pin-up vixen is decidedly interesting to watch, especially because it's so fundamentally offbeat and personal. What can we say-we're officially captivated! -Jessica Amento
We collected a handful of appropriate wardrobe pieces to help you emulate Dellal's malice in wonderland style.
1. Mike & Chris Nolan Biker Leather Jacket ($915)
Our hunt for the perfect Dellalian leather jacket brought us to this divine style by Mike & Chris. We think that the cropped length and asymmetrical zipper would hold mighty appeal for Ms. Alice.
2. ASOS Leather Biker Jacket ($184)
ASOS's leather jacket has a completely different look and price point, but is still in the spirit of our GOTM. If you'd prefer a little leather jacket with lots of zippers and a vintage-style aged look, this one's for you!
3. Kettle Black Long Sleeve Flannel Dress ($115)
We suggest pairing this dress with some patterned or ripped tights and a hot pair of lace-up boots.
4. Cassette Sioux Tee ($77)
Dress up this burnout t-shirt by wearing it with an oversized blazer and bandage skirt. You'll get bonus Alice points if you wear it with some sort of stomper boot.
5. Betsey Johnson Victoriana Tights ($25)
Much like the lace tights we featured in W.W.W.D. Tips earlier this week, these Swiss-patterned stockings by the one-of-a-kind Betsey Johnson are ahead of the trend.
6. Shimamura Paris & Co. Round Pyramid Bracelet ($145)
Dellal doesn't always wear lots of jewelry, but she does seem to have a soft spot for tough-looking wrist accoutrement. Available in either black leather or black patent, this simple studded bracelet would be the perfect finishing touch for any ensemble.
7. SURevolution Small Studded Bangles ($25)
We could easily imagine Dellal mixing a handful of these stellar skinny bangles with other bracelets
8. Zinc Pennie Mary Janes ($93)
Dellal would snatch up these platform mary janes in a heartbeat, and then pair them with some leather pants or jean cutoffs.
Party Pictures, from left
BT Pod Show Launch Party at Shoreditch House, London
Dolce & Gabbana F/W 08 Show as part of Milan Fashion Week, Milan
Proud Gallery and Bar Launch Party, London
Issa Dinner & Party, London
British Independent Film Awards, London
Photo far left, Wireimage. All other photos, Getty Images.