Caroline de Maigret has landed a starring role in a promotional video for Chanel’s new “Derby” shoe.
The French model can be seen sporting the new two-tone shoes in a black-and-white short film directed by Bertrand le Pluard for the luxury fashion house. The clip, which De Maigret has posted to her Instagram account, sees her skipping around the streets of her hometown of Paris, having teamed the tomboy-style shoes with rolled-up masculine trousers and a fine knit sweater.
The androgynous footwear, part of the label’s 2016/17 cruise collection, feature a various smooth, patent, exotic and even perforated leather uppers, topped off with a black leather toe — a reference to the brand’s founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s first shoe designs in 1957. Natural leather soles resemble wood, while the label’s signature double C logo appears in metal on each heel. The bright, bold uppers, which range from pink and silver to gold, black and white, were inspired by the Cuban city of Havana.
Model, writer and music producer De Maigret became an official Chanel ambassador back in July, following a long friendship with the brand’s designer Karl Lagerfeld which had seen her act as a muse for the house for several years. Her new role in the group, which has placed her on the same level as the house’s fellow ambassadors Lily Rose Depp, Kristen Stewart and Willow Smith, is one of several recent high-profile fashion projects — she was unveiled as one of the faces of British brand Karen Millen’s spring campaign back in January, and teamed up with cosmetics giant Lancome on a “Parisian Inspiration by Caroline de Maigret” collection in the autumn of 2015.
Vilte S. Holstad is a publicist and freelance writer living in Venice Beach, California.