The new face of Chanel is one of my very favorite celebrities. I mean, really, I just absolutely adore her. She is enormously talented, stunning, chooses her roles wisely (she’s an actress, yes!) and rarely — if ever — makes poor decisions for the red carpet. Plus, she looks like David Bowie. I imagine that made it pretty obvious but drumroll please…
The new face of Chanel is…
Woo woo! Karl Lagerfeld tapped Swinton to be the face of Chanel’s Chanel’s Paris-Edinburgh Metiers d’Arts collection, which makes considerable sense, as she grew up in Scotland and is also perfect in every way. He photographed her in a castle, just as Chanel’s Metiers d’Art show took place in: the Château d’Ecouen of the Renaissance period and located near Chantilly, France. The ads will begin appearing in June, according to WWD, featuring 2012′s pre-fall ready-to-wear garments.
Lagerfeld calls her “a modern woman, a timeless icon of elegance,” and I agree completely. As I already said, Swinton makes beautiful decisions style-wise, but that is not her only charm. She intelligent, holding a degree in Social and Political Sciences. In interviews, she is invariably well-spoken and always comes across as knowledgeable. In films, she is incredibly — sometimes devastatingly — convincing. In music videos, she is totally awesome. I have long said to my mother that if I could ever switch lives with one celebrity, it would be Tilda Swinton (and also Missy Elliot, but that’s another story entirely).
All of her beauty and wonder aside, it is also really lovely to see a huge fashion house choose a woman who is in her fifties (I know — I would never have guessed, either) to be the face of its campaign. Fashion tends to exclude anybody who has had a birthday past 30, and it is always great when that rule is broken; hopefully, it will eventually become less of a rule as a result. In any case, I am so, so pleased with Chanel’s choice and looking forward to the campaign more than any other this summer.