Move over, Lily Allen: Blake Lively is upping the ante as the new face of Chanel’s Mademoiselle handbag line. 
 
Much darker and more serious than Lily Allen’s previous campaign, this shoot reveals an edgier side to the bleachy blonde persona we’re used to seeing from Miss Lively. It also brings a more pensive, alluring attitude to the bags than did the playful shoots of Lily Allen, shown below.
 
 
The Chanel brand has long been know as the epitome of timeless chic, and is also credited with the invention of the “Little Black Dress.” Simple, comfortable, and elegant are the staple designs that have made Chanel famous since Coco herself began designing in 1910.
 
  
 
Continuing in Ms. Chanel’s footsteps, the brand has been advertised by some truly beautiful actresses, athletes, and style icons, including Catherine Denevue, Estella Warren, Carole Bouquet, 
 
   
 
Nicole Kidman (who won the title of most money made per minute by an actor for this ad), Bar Refaeli,
 
   
 
Kate Moss, Kiera Knightly, Marilyn Monroe (who claimed that No.5 was her favorite thing to wear to bed!)
 
 
 
 Vanessa Paradis, and Claudia Schiffer.
Whew!
 
That’s a lot to live up to! 
 
Chanel pics from: herehere, and here.  
 
 
Here Blake is (above, wearing Chanel of course!) at a dinner celebrating her new ad campaign and (below) with Chanel photographer Karl Lagerfeld, and I can definitely see the makings of a Chanel girl. There is charm, elegance, beauty, and joy evident both in her demeanor and in her actions.
 
 
Yet I wonder: has she shed the traveling pants too recently to be in league with other Chanel icons, or does she have the makings of another true legend?