A recent addition to the cast of the hit Hulu series Only Murders in the Building, Cara Delevingne isn’t allowed to reveal much about her character. We only know a name—Alice—and a job description: She’s described as a “sophisticated art world insider who becomes enmeshed in the mystery.” But what the British model and actress can tease is Alice’s charismatic style. “It’s definitely most like me than any other character I have ever played,” Delevingne revealed over email. “But with some more daring looks, for sure.”
Since Only Murders first debuted in August 2021, costume designer Dana Covarrubias’ vivacious wardrobe choices have undoubtedly shaped the show’s DNA, particularly when it comes to lead Selena Gomez’s impeccable coats. Like Gomez—one of Delevingne’s closest friends—Delevingne has enjoyed a foothold in fashion for more than a decade, which makes Alice’s as-yet-undisclosed closet all the more intriguing. In the meantime, we’re getting a better portrait of what styling “like me” really looks like, as the actress unveils her latest campaign with Los Angeles-based denim brand 7 For All Mankind.
As worn by Delevingne, the spring 2022 collection features the expected range of denim in a variety of traditional blue hues, but in inclusive fits and infused with a ’70s-meets-’90s laissez faire. Perhaps the most delightful addition is a pop of embroidery, stitched across trucker jackets, straight-leg jeans, and frayed shorts alike, depicting birds and florals in romantic pastels.
The product assortment, dropping Feb. 23, also includes an ivory double-breasted blazer, several denim tops, neutral-toned sweatshirts, and a flare-sleeve jumpsuit that’s practically yearning for a day-to-night transition. Of the selection, Delevingne admits she has a few top picks: “[7 For All Mankind] do their silhouettes like no one else. My personal favorites are the classic denim shirt and straight-leg from the Take Flight collection.”
When it comes to fashion, Delevingne’s patience for anything other than her own preferences has wavered. She no longer adheres to gender assignment from retailers, she says, and she places her support carefully; as part of the 7 For All Mankind campaign, the brand is donating to her foundation, which supports charities including women’s shelters, food banks, and organizations such as The Trevor Project and GLAAD.
Nor does she pay attention when fans scrutinize her outfits—even when they’re increasingly vocal about it. “As I have become older, what I wear is less about what others think,” she says. “It represents the women I am, and I am proud of that. I’d love to tell you I’m making really conscious decisions based on peoples’ opinions, but I’m really just going based off what I like.”
Perhaps that’s why she describes her style icons as “the citizens of New York City;” many of her modern influences come directly from people-watching. More recently, spending time in Manhattan for Only Murders has allowed her the chance to influence—and be influenced by—Gomez. “Selena is a very special friend, and it’s been so fun to get to work with her for the first time. Well, actually, second time,” Delevingne says. “She actually hired me when I had just become a model, and she had designed a clothing line. We have known each other a long time. And, of course, working with Steve Martin and Martin Short is like a master class in comedy. I feel so lucky to get the opportunity.”
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