First prize for the most stellar front row was won hands down by Armani Prive. The line up included Cameron Diaz, Jessica Chastain, Ruth Wilson and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary from Downton Abbey).
Before the show had even started a hysterical whoop went up as Jessica got an e mail saying she’d got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for 'The Help'. Backstage after the show Mr Armani was ready with a bunch of what must have been 50 long stemmed white roses to congratulate her. Now that she had a major red carpet to shop for, had she spotted anything she fancied? ‘There were some major carpet dresses in there,’ she told us. (Hollywood A Listers call them ‘carpet dresses’…that was a new one for me). ‘Well there are so few opportunities to wear long it’s got to be a gown. I loved the greens.’ Perfect with her pale skin and strawberry blonde hair, I thought. ‘I loved the embroidered ones but don’t want a dress that makes a lot of noise. I’ll take some advice from Giorgio.’ Size 2 figure, perfect pale skin and hair the colour of pale gold: shouldn’t be hard, I imagine…
Ruth Wilson (new girl crush) wasn’t shopping for any carpet in particular but was relishing her first visit to couture. ‘Spectacular, outrageous and so beautiful – I couldn’t quite take it all in. I love the really structured things. Those sharp jackets really work on my shape,’ she said. She was hanging out with (Lady Mary from Downton Abbey) who also loves ‘a bit of structure’. ‘That’s the only technical fashion language I know really,’ she laughed. She was happy that Downton’s third season is set in the 20’s and her new wardrobe was going to be all drop waists and flapper dresses. Fashion is loving that already so look out for the 1920’s to be trending all the way through to Christmas 2012.
As for Cameron Diaz, well she's an old hand at this front row business and had the whole show sorted. ‘You know, on paper, a dress with scales doesn’t sound so good,' she revealed. 'But Mr Armani made it work. It was chic but also amazingly avant garde. Nothing is obvious but it makes a major statement: that’s the beauty of couture.’ Well said, Cameron. Well said.
by Paula Reed in Paris