Earlier this year when I chatted to one of Australia’s most affable young actors Phoebe Tonkin at the Portsea Polo for GRAZIA, she described her default fashion style as “a good pair of jeans, nice shirt, ballet flats and a little Chanel bag”.
Well, it seems the affection runs both ways, given the Sydney-born but Los Angeles-based former model and star of The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals is a regular fixture at Chanel’s runway shows and launch events.
Even amongst dozens of the Europe’s most fashionable women who descended upon Hamburg for this year’s Chanel Metiers d’art collection runway show, Tonkin’s poise and style credentials saw her steal (in the GRAZIA office’s opinion) the red carpet limelight.
Considering she was joined by the likes of Kristen Stewart and Lily-Rose Depp (both faces of Chanel), actress Rinko Kikuchi, German top model Tatjana Patitz and Marine Vacth (face of the Chanel Cruise 2017/18 collection), that was no small task.
Tonkin’s combination of round-necked Chanel couture dress with mirrored sequins and black stilettos was proof that classic elegance can be just as sexy as bare skin. Chunky rings and a smoky eye were the only hints of rebellion in her otherwise regal look.