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French Singer Petite Meller Is Winning Over the Music and Fashion Worlds One Rouged Cheek at a Time

by James Rickman / photography by Anna Victoria Best / styling by Adele Cany
Petite Meller wears Fifi Chachnil playsuit, Saint Laurent shoes Mich Dulce hat Swatch watch, O Thongthai ring, Viktor & Rolf by Atelier Swarvoski earrings

Petite Meller, the enigmatic and ardently pro-rouge pop singer, is talking about one of the friskier animals featured in her "Baby Love" video, shot in Nairobi late last year. "They first give me a lady giraffe," she says (voice: high and granular; French accent: thick), "but she didn't want to kiss me for an hour. And then we change it to the male and he kiss me all over." To which pretty much all of us at PAPER shake our heads and mutter, Lucky giraffe.

"Baby Love" is the latest in a run of cinematic, erotically complex music videos in which Meller deadpans into the camera, dances strange steps of her own invention (or thrashes ecstatically), waterskis, gets carried across New York by an unidentified man and generally draws you into a sun-glazed dreamworld where the delineations of waking life don't apply. Her first video, "NYC Time," appeared in 2012. The man who would become her manager discovered it while trying to figure out the time difference between London and New York; thanks in part to that serendipitous googling, Meller is now finishing up her first album, which will come out this year via Island/Universal.

Asked how she aspires to use her voice as an artist, Meller references the Stephen Hawking theory (she's also finishing up a master's at the Sorbonne) that there's "a multiplicity of realities at the same time. In my videos I create my small realities, because I believe we have to take all the desires and the fantasies and expose them. To bring the unconscious life to reality: that's what I like." Below, we invite you to spend a moment in Meller's strange and wholly irresistible reality.

Petite Meller wears Kenzo Silk Crepe de Chine top, Thomas Tait skirt.

Petite Meller wears L'Agent by Agent Provocateur bodysuit, Charlotte Olympia shoes,
Screaming Mimi's vintage bonnet, Casio G-Shock watch.


Petite Meller wears Coach coat, Screaming Mimi's hat, Atelier Swarovoski by Vincent Van Duysen ring

Petite Meller wears Fendi skirt, FIFI Chachnil Reve bra, Christian Louboutin shoes, American Apparel socks,
Sorapol hat, Matthew Williamson by Linda Farrow Gallery sunglasses.


Petite Meller wears Alexander Wang dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, Marta Cesaro hat, Maria Francesca Pepe Bracelets

Petite Meller wears Christian Dior dress, Piers Atkinson hat, Sorapol feather

Petite Meller wears Balmain dress, Stella McCartney bodysuit, Piers Atkinson hat.

Petite Meller wears Paper London dress, URiBI ring.

Petite Meller wearsRag & Bone shorts, KS Swim bathing suit, Coach shoes, Wolford socks, Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier headband.

Petite wears sandro Jacket and shorts, Stella McCartney bra, Converse shoes, American Apparel socks, Vivienne Westwood hat, Daisy Knights ring, Swatch watch.

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