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Swedish star Alicia Vikander is fashion's latest sweetheart

This fringe and tribal frock from Chanel is one of the actress’ more daring sartorial choices yet, but she tones it down with matching blue heels.
This fringe and tribal frock from Chanel is one of the actress’ more daring sartorial choices yet, but she tones it down with matching blue heels. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Vikander looks like a Greek goddess on vacation with her loose waves, strappy sandals and flowy peach number from Stella McCartney.
Vikander looks like a Greek goddess on vacation with her loose waves, strappy sandals and flowy peach number from Stella McCartney.
Looking every bit the red carpet darling in a lacy gown by Elie Saab. The high neckline is modest and demure, but she shows a bit of skin with an exposed back.
Looking every bit the red carpet darling in a lacy gown by Elie Saab. The high neckline is modest and demure, but she shows a bit of skin with an exposed back.
Vikander prefers to let the outfit speak for itself. She looks fresh in a jacquard dress from Erdem, complemented with a sleek updo and natural-looking make-up.
Vikander prefers to let the outfit speak for itself. She looks fresh in a jacquard dress from Erdem, complemented with a sleek updo and natural-looking make-up.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s Swedish star is fashion's latest sweetheart

Although Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has been gaining international traction with each new plum movie roles bigger than the last, her rise as Hollywood's latest It Girl was no doubt boosted when she was named the new face of Louis Vuitton in July this year.

The dark-haired beauty joins established actresses Jennifer Connelly and Michelle Williams in the French luxury brand's Fall 2015 campaign.

The 26-year-old was born to a stage actor mother and psychiatrist father, and had trained as a dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School from the age of nine.

It was after sustaining an injury during her late teens and while she was on popular Swedish show Andra Avenyn in 2008 that she developed a passion for acting.

Although her street style is a laidback mix of sweaters and shorts, her lithe figure is shown to best effect in the season's latest looks: She pulls off feminine and figure-hugging long gowns with ease on the red carpet.

She made Vanity Fair's 2015 International Best-Dressed List and has appeared in fashion editorials in magazine such as Elle France, luxury e-commerce site Net-a- Porter's The Edit and Love magazine.

Vikander is the current squeeze of Michael Fassbender, star of 2011's X-Men: First Class and her co-star in Guy Ritchie's recently released comedy-spy film, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Alyssa Woo

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2015, with the headline 'Alicia Vikander'. Print Edition | Subscribe