Last night’s Best Dressed: Chanelegance

10 February 2010

There aren't many soirees that have seen more couture-clad Chanel muses than the one thrown in New York City last night. Celebrating Vanessa Paradis as the face of the brand’s fancy new lipstick, the dinner saw a flurry of Coco copycats including Irina Lazareanu, Daphne Guinness and Leigh Lezark. Something tells us the iconic fashion designer would’ve been proud but do you think of the looks?

Vanessa Paradis

Lady of the evening, Mademoiselle Paradis, wowed the crowd in a glorious shift dress with sexy sheer and floral detailing from Chanel's Pre-Fall 2010 presentation (she was hardly going to wear another designer now, was she?). But in true French chic style, the beautiful Mrs Depp brought her own quirky twist with an explosion of corkscrew curls and striking red lips that perfectly exaggerated her cheekboned charms. Well, we wouldn’t expect anything less from the recently appointed star of the Rouge Coco de Chanel lipstick...

Kate BosworthPoppy Delevigne

J’adore Kate Bosworth. Seriously, how blooming marvellous does she look in this frothy frock of red, white and blue stripes? Just like a little sugar plum fairy. The sheer white tights work surprisingly well with the feminine look from Chanel’s fantastical S/S ‘10 collection and we take our hats off to the addition of those glittering gold-capped Louboutin Maggie heels to bring a modern edge to all that girliness. Also working a soft cosmetic colour palette was the very lovely Poppy Delevigne who opted for a more down-to-earth look thanks to this putty beige jacket offset by a pair of lurex leggings and then pow! – some uber-cool biker boots. It’s easy chic at its best.

 Caroline Sieber Caroline Sieber

If you’ve seen the latest issue of Grazia (and if you haven’t, why not?), you’ll know that Caroline Sieber is officially our new fashion crush. The super-stylist is one of only five Chanel brand ambassadors so of course she arrived for the shindig kitted out in one of King Karl’s feminine designs. But what really caught our eye was her temporary tattoo of the iconic double Cs that premiered on last season’s catwalk. Bravo! This is one girl with her finger on the fashion pulse.

Rachel ZoeDaphne GuinnessIrina Lazareanu

Although the Breton stripe was sadly missed from the occasion, we were happy to see that several stars stayed true to Coco’s signature monochrome palette. Rachel Zoe channeled the legendary designer with a mannish suit accented by contrasting embroidery, while clothes horse extraordinaire Daphne Guinness shimmered in an ice queen-esque floor-sweeping coat over her LBD. Might have gone a tad overboard with all those matching metallic brooches though, Daph... Irina Lazareanu also arrived working ‘haughty chic' to perfection - her strong black-clad androgynous vibe and 'wraparound fringe' is enough to cause our hearts a serious fashion flutter. Now, we’ve already noted that the Brit model resembles fabulously chic '80s Chanel muse Inès de la Fressange but ain’t she a dead ringer for Ms Coco, too? Well, Ms Coco in the 21st century at least. In the words of Rachel Zoe, we DIE!

Leigh Lezark Margherita Missoni

Leigh Lezark was back on the party circuit and here she is still beautiful, still amazing, incidentally. The too-cool-for-school DJ was dressed in a S/S ‘10 ivory cocktail frock with exquisite floral embellishments at the waist and although Diane Kruger has already been spotted in the ivory version, Leigh’s decision to go for the darker tone works in sync with her signature jet-black bob. As for Margherita Missoni, we’ve made it clear several times that we LOVE her vibrant style but last night, she left the colourful zigzag patterns in order to stick to the essence of Chanel in a simple noir dress. All that was needed were a pair of leather boots and a sparkling headband to make the look her own. Wow, we’ve gone starry-eyed with the glamour of it all!

- Jessica Vince


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