Alicia Vikander is living out her girlhood fantasy of wearing high end looks as the face of Louis Vuitton.
The actress longed to own pieces from luxury brands while growing up in a modest household in Gothenburg, Sweden but could only dream of owning such items while gazing at fashion magazines.
“My mom was an actress and we never had the money for things that weren’t purely functional,” she tells Harper’s Bazaar. “I remember when I bought my first magazine, it was a window into a world that seemed very far away from mine.”
Despite her limited means, the star found ways to build her wardrobe by shopping at thrift stores.
“I did a lot of high street and second hand shopping,” she adds. “I loved having someone ask me where I got something, and I would say, ‘I got it at H&M. I enjoyed using my clothes as another tool to express who I am.”
The brunette beauty has emerged as a style icon in recent years, representing the iconic Louis Vuitton label and working closely with the brand’s artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquiere.
“Nicolas is a risk taker,” she says of collaborating with the visionary. “His work is fashion-forward but relatable. I feel cool and feminine in his clothes. They’re like my armour.”
But her fashion-loving years were not without regrettable moments.
“In my teens, I went through a full-on hip-hop period,” she shares. “I would wear huge hoop earrings, baggy trousers, and this reversible velvet Adidas jacket that I spent a lot of money on, because I thought it was an investment piece at the time. I’m not going to show you photos of that!”