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Cara Delevingne Styles Cruise 2018 Collection

As the neon lights of another endless New York Saturday night twinkle through the wall-to-wall glass of the studio for today’s exclusive holiday campaign shoot, Cara Delevingne is giving us an enthusiastic re-enactment of her signature dance moves. While she may be dressed like she’s just stepped out of Studio 54 in a foiled halter dress complete, you’ll never find Cara taking herself too seriously. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t grown into a woman who can be serious when it comes to the things she’s passionate about.

With her now established career as an actress (her most recent credit was a starring role alongside Rihanna in Luc Besson’s adventure fantasy Valerian), a newly published debut novel, Mirror, Mirror, which addresses issues around teenage mental health and the many causes she’s become involved inthe party-girl image has faded into the background. Though, as she’s keen to show us on set, Cara still knows how to light up a dancefloor in her new season crystal encrusted heels. “If you put on a classic tune, I’ll probably dance to it…Actually, even if there’s no music, I’ll probably dance anyway,” she laughs. As for the perfect party outfit, the 25-year old multi-tasker is unequivocal, “I really love to dress up – and I’m not just talking about looking nice. I do like to put on a crazy outfit and be an elf or a reindeer. Or even if I just wear a nice sparkly dress with a red nose, it’s something different and quirky—it’s not just a normal party outfit. Party dressing is about glitter, sparkles and a feather boa if you’re interested.”

Indeed, escaping other people’s presumptions of what she is and what she should be doing has been a theme of Cara’s life in recent years. Embarking on a cross-creative career wasn’t something she says, that was ever a conscious decision. “I just think as a kid I grew up being creative and making things I really enjoyed. The thing about labels is that if you are an actress is doesn’t mean that YOU ARE AN ACTRESS; that you can only be an actress. I feel anyone has the right to create whatever they feel. You can have an office job, but one day like to be a painter and that’s totally fine. I think the more people have the freedom to create whatever they want, the more they will be able to express themselves and the more art and light can be brought to the world”.

“I think the more people have the freedom to create whatever they want, the more they will be able to express themselves and the more art and light can be brought to the world.”

A fierce proponent of a more gender-neutral approach to identity, Cara has also graduated from those sparkly mini dresses to pulling off androgynous tailoring with aplomb. “Being male or female is less ‘opposite’ now than it ever has been. I don’t think mastering androgyny is necessarily about picking something that a man would wear. I think it’s about feeling comfortable whether it is masculine or feminine. If you decide to wear a suit, I don’t think that necessarily has to be a masculine thing to wear. It’s just about being comfortable with whatever you feel that day.” Photographed here in Jimmy Choo’s new dual gender, Borrowed From the Boys capsule (three styles, each available from December in both men’s and women’s sizes), you get the sense of a young women liberated from any constraints.

Transitioning from a career focused only on modeling has, she says, alleviated a lot of pressure. “Now I feel a lot less busy because I’m finally doing all the different things I wanted to do. When I had just one job being a model, it kind of felt quite monotonous—not in a bad way—but it was just a lot more travel and a lot more stress on me,” she admits, “Being able to create more and express emotions are the most important things for me, and it now doesn’t feel that I’m that busy at all because I’m doing what I love.”

As many of her peers are going through their ‘quarter-life crisis’, conversely Cara appears to be grounded and clear-headed about her priorities. That maturity also applies to her nuanced attitude to success. “I think success is more about happiness,” she says, “You know, I don’t think that it’s the best jobs, or the most money or the most friends which make people the most successful. I think success comes from a deep-down happiness about who you are and what you are doing.” Though her hands will be full with another film, London Fields in which she stars alongside Amber Heard, set for release later this year, and two more titles slated for cinemas in 2018, she still has plenty of ambitions to fulfill. “I would love to continue writing whether it’s for a book or to make a film or a TV show and I’d love to get more behind the camera and hopefully be a director one day to give a voice to women’s stories—there are a lot of them.

“I think success is more about happiness. I think success comes from a deep-down happiness about who you are and what you are doing.”

For the end of the year it will be all about Christmas back in England. Tradition is, as she describes, something which is important to her. “Usually, because my family is so big we have a ‘fake’ Christmas where we go to a place in the countryside and have our own little celebration before the day itself all together. We love a good Christmas cracker, putting the angel on top of the tree and opening the stockings on Christmas morning with all the kids.” The perfect Christmas, she says, is all about, “Friends, family, food, feast, fiesta and obviously lots of presents. Though my favourite thing about gifting,” she clarifies, “is that it actually doesn’t matter how much money you spend. I think sentimental presents are really special. I like to do a mixture of fun, crazy, whacky presents and then also give something that really means something to someone.” Full of meaning but also a touch madcap; quite the metaphor for the lady herself.

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