Paris Best Dressed: catwalk watchers

09 March 2010

While hordes of A-listers have been donning their glad rags for the Oscar festivities over in La La Land, the fashionistas of the world were busy working French chic during Paris Fashion Week. Here’s a selection of our faves from yesterday’s FROW...

leigh lezarkkylie minogue

From her geometric bob to her penchant for head-to-toe black, Leigh Lezark knows how to make a dramatic statement. When arriving at the Yves Saint Laurent show, the model-slash-DJ went all Matrix on us with this ankle-grazing leather coat. As the combination of a cool biker and a timeless trench, it's the crème de la crème of outerwear. Meanwhile, pint-sized popstrel Kylie Minogue also opted for a dash of leather to add some edge to Stefano Pilati’s catwalk. Her quirky pair of high-waisted shorts were softened by a peachy blouse under a cosy YSL coat to ward off the Parisian chill. But although Kylie manages to create the perfect proportions, the criss-cross straps on her studded heels only serve to make her look stumpy. A pair of leg-lengthening neutral courts would’ve worked much better...

thandie newtonjulia restoin roitfeld

What better way to work Parisian chic than with a monochromatic wardrobe a la Thandie Newton? Her crisp ensemble consisting of a structured jacket and androgynous pieces that she chose for the Stella McCartney show is an inspiration for us all. Julia Restoin Roitfeld similarly stuck to the faithful figure-flattering palette at the YSL show by throwing a staple tux jacket over her LBD. We love that the frock’s architectural design of layered pleats imparts a modern twist that is still effortlessly fabulous. What a proud mummy she must have...

Natalia Vodianova

Ms. McCartney certainly pulled in a fashionable crowd, including the impeccably dressed Natalia Vodianova. The Russian model wore one of our favorite outfits of the week so far, mainly because we’ve become particularly enamoured by her silk snakeskin trousers that she set off with a woolen grey cape and complementing clutch and scarf. Top marks for using an interesting animal print to bring a flash of individuality to the classic neutrals. Perhaps leave the tassled slippers at home next time though, Vody.


Once again, Beth Ditto has been doing the rounds in Paree - from Sonia Rykiel and Stella McCartney to Karl Lagerfeld and Givenchy, she’s been one busy bee. But never one to follow the black-clad crowd, Ditto’s FROW onslaught has been aided by a suitcase brimming with vibrant delights. And it seems her colour of the season is a petrol shade of green. First up, our eyes were drawn to her funky strapless jumpsuit teamed with white heels and how could we miss this floaty floral delight vamped up by dramatic silver eyes and a dark lip? It’s all kinds of wonderful. Taking a leaf out of Beth’s book was Lou Doillon whose sartorial taste we’ve long held in high esteem. She looked ever-so-cute working this slouchy olive green dress with quirky zig zag panels and topped off with a glittering girlie headband. Magnifique!

leigh lezark

For today’s finale we return to Leigh Lezark. We feel it necessary to pay tribute to her decision to break away from the signature noir costumes we’ve barely seen her out of recently by busting out this bold explosion of feathers. The obsession-inducing red and white combo was a fitting choice for the Giambattista Valli show which saw an elaborate collection of frothy frocks. Leigh, we salute you. So you see, French chic does not always equal black and grey. Case closed.

by Jessica Vince


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